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Fox News commentator Steve Milloy runs the website Junk Science. With it Milloy issues reports and press releases to refute scientific findings.

In his press releases, Milloy makes sure to cite credible sources. Like the time he sent "a news release issued by Steve Milloy repeatedly quoting Steve Milloy, including bolstering an argument made by Steve Milloy by quoting a [Wall Street Journal] article written by Steve Milloy."

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Screenshot, House Oversight Committee

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took on Republican critics of her Green New Deal resolution during a House Oversight hearing on climate change Tuesday, hitting back at the hypocrisy of Republicans who cry "socialism" whenever a Democrat proposes a tax subsidy for a green energy initiative.

As she put it:

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Natural gas, which for years has been promoted by the oil and gas industry as the “cleanest” of the fossil fuels, may not be as environmentally friendly as advertised. The United States’ reliance on natural gas as a source of power is only increasing. In 2017, 31.7 percent of U.S. electricity came from natural gas-fired generation, up from 27.3 percent in 2013.

But while natural gas produces fewer carbon emissions than burning coal, the production and transportation of natural gas releases a significant quantity of methane – a greenhouse gas that also contributes to climate change.

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We all have seen and heard the term “clean coal.” Proponents of the prospect of boosting the coal industry in the United States, principally U.S. President Donald J. Trump, say that the technology exists to burn coal and generate both electricity and jobs. But what are the real facts and economics behind that claim? Can coal really ever be clean? Should the United States really peg its energy security to coal?

Since the 1980s, those seeking to bolster the coal mining industry in the United States have promoted what they describe as "clean coal technology." Coal has been burned to generate electricity in the United States since 1882, when the first power plant was built in New York City. Coal enjoyed its heyday in the 20th century, when it accounted for the majority of electricity generated in the U.S. Even today, coal generates about 56 percent of U.S. electricity. The reason: coal is by far the cheapest source of fuel to create the BTUs (British Thermal Units) needed to boil water that produces steam to turn the turbines that generate electricity. Consider this: to generate one million BTUs of energy, it costs

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends the 2017 Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Brooklyn Black Tie Ball at Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park on October 5, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York. (Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)

At a January 10 press conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced dual actions that will turn up the heat on oil titans. The mayor vowed to divest about $5 billion in citywide pension funds from companies that produce fossil fuels within the next five years. He also revealed a lawsuit against five massive oil companies––Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP, Chevron and Conoco Phillips––for billions of dollars worth of climate change-related damages the city has sustained.

The lawsuit charges these five major players with having produced 11% of all global warming-related gas emissions. Additionally, it alleges the companies obscured the devastating environmental impacts of fossil fuels for years.

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‘Earth Rise’ as Seen from Lunar Surface (Photo credit NASA / Pinterest)

Vast climate changes are not new to Earth. 450 million years ago most of the present-day United States was underwater. 20,000 years ago New England was buried beneath a mile-thick glacier. Although climate change triggered mass extinctions, life on Earth continued.

But why? Climate change turned Venus into a barren hellscape, but Earth never became hot or cold enough to wipe out all life.

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Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic.

There may be no natural disaster more humbling than hurricanes, with their gale force winds and flood-surges that destroy people’s homes, livelihoods and lives. Now two of them, back-to-back, have battered the United States and parts of the Caribbean and Cuba in the space of three weeks, including Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, which left much of Houston underwater, and Irma, which started out as a Category 5, the biggest hurricane to hit the United States since Andrew in 1992.

“The U.S. has never been hit, since we started collecting records in 1851, by two Category 4 or stronger hurricanes in the same season,” said Jeff Masters, a meteorologist and co-founder of Weather Underground.

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