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PRESENTED BY DISAPPEARING HORSERADISH
It’s a very full day today for Public Citizen’s climate policy counsel Tracey Lewis: she’s testifying at 10 am before the House Oversight Committee on how Big Oil is fueling global climate destruction, and moderating an online teach-in with Stop the Money Pipeline on how Wall Street is financing global climate destruction at 7 pm.
No news yet on how she’s spending the afternoon, though.
The Republicans have managed to find a climate denier to testify at the Big Oil hearing, big shock, she works for the Heritage Foundation. Katie Tubb, whose research background is being an intern for Mike Pence, penned a classic climate-denier essay just this past December, which is honestly pretty impressive. I especially liked this line:
“So, Florida may be dealing with flooding, but not necessarily from global warming.”
She runs through all the denier greatest hits, but my favorite is citing a recent paper blaming the sun for global warming penned by Big Oil’s favorite climate-denier scientists who are still alive, including Willie Soon, David Legates, and Sallie Baliunas.
Given that the Kochs and ExxonMobil have given millions of dollars to Heritage to finance its climate denial for decades, Tubb’s appearance at this hearing about how Big Oil has financed climate denial for decades is quite apt.
I’m looking forward to watching Tracey Lewis and Dr. Michael Mann with Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) at the hearing, but I’ll be flipping tabs to also watch my fave Keya Chatterjee appearing before Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-N.M.) to discuss diversity and equity in environmental organizations and grantmaking. Which is a pretty big deal, because the environmental movement continues to be bifurcated between extremely white, extremely well-resourced organizations, and everyone else.
If I want to headdesk, I’ll flip over to the Senate Energy Committee hearing to watch Republicans performatively attack the climate hawks nominated by Biden for key positions.
WINTER OLYMPICS BREAK: BOBSLED
The long-time CEO of mega-utility NextEra Energy (55% fossil-fuel, 12% nuclear, 33% renewable), Jim Robo, is stepping down, with John Ketchum taking the reins. I mainly report this because Bloomberg describes NextEra as a “clean-energy giant.” Whee.
But I will credit Bloomberg for the best headline about the new Nature Geoscience paper on the world’s glaciers, which hold considerably less ice than previously thought: “Studying Glaciers From Space Reveals Mostly Bad News.”
Zahri Hirji reports on hundreds of New Jersey residents who have been evicted after losing their apartments to Hurricane Ida.
Today in Oops:
Hearings on the Hill:
10 AM: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Nominations of Maria Robinson to be Assistant Secretary of Energy, Office of Electricity; Joseph DeCarolis to be Administrator of the EIA; and Laura Daniel-Davis to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Land and Minerals Management
10 AM: House Oversight and Government Reform
Fueling the Climate Crisis: Examining Big Oil’s Climate Pledges
10 AM: House Agriculture
General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
Reviewing Farm Policy with Undersecretary Robert Bonnie
11 AM: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Water Resources and the Environment
Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2022: Stakeholder Priorities
Climate Action Today:
7 PM: Stop The Money Pipeline
Toxic Money: Wall Street’s Trillion Dollar Gamble With our Economy and Planet