FROM Neela Banerjee
Did Exxon Deceive the World about Global Warming? For decades, scientists at Exxon knew the Earth's climate was warming, and the oil giant made business decisions based on their predictions. But in 1990, the company began funding deniers of climate science, and their reports persuaded policy makers to resist limits on the burning of fossil fuels. Now, Exxon's accused of deliberate deception for profit — leaving the world less prepared than it might have been for oncoming disaster. Democrats and activists want an investigation of fraud — but there's a problem. The records are an open book. Exxon never kept anything secret.
The Keystone Pipeline Has the President Caught in the Middle While actress Daryl Hannah and Sierra Club officials were committing civil disobedience outside the White House last month, the AFL/CIO was holding a conference call with the American Petroleum Institute . It was Hollywood and the environmental lobby versus organized labor, two major elements of President Obama's political coalition on opposite sides of the burning controversy over the Keystone XL Pipeline . The President's promised he'll make the final decision on whether oil from Canadian tar sands can be piped to the US for refining and export. One top scientist says the project's increased carbon emissions will mean "game over" for climate change. But the State Department says if there's no cross-border pipeline, Canada will find other means of transportation so Keystone won't matter. Organized labor sees thousands of jobs. We look at the President's options. Forward on Climate Change Energy Citizens
Romney's Climate Change About-Face When it comes to the environment and climate change, presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been saying what tea party activists want to hear: no mandates, taxes or regulations that interfere with economic activity. But, based on his actions as Governor Massachusetts, tea party activists wonder what he might do if he were elected president. That's according to Neela Banerjee, writing in today's edition of the Los Angeles Times .
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?