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The Midmorning Refill: Revenge of the climate scientists

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Well it looks like the glasses and pocket protectors are coming off. The nation’s climate scientists are riled up and they’re about to get up in someone’s  grill. Tired of being the punching bag of right-wing climate deniers, the scientists are pushing back, according to Neela Banerjee’s story in the L.A. Times.

“This group feels strongly that science and politics can’t be divorced and that we need to take bold measures to not only communicate science but also to aggressively engage the denialists and politicians who attack climate science and its scientists,” said Scott Mandia, professor of physical sciences at Suffolk County Community College in New York.

“We are taking the fight to them because we are … tired of taking the hits. The notion that truth will prevail is not working. The truth has been out there for the past two decades, and nothing has changed.”


MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on why the suspension of Keith Olbermann for donating to the campaigns of three Democrats shows the difference between MSNBC and FOX News.

“Let this incident lay to rest forever the facile, never-true-anyway, bull-pucky, lazy conflation of Fox News and what the rest of us do for a living,” she said on her program Friday. “Hosts on Fox News raise money for Republican candidates. They endorse them explicitly, they use their Fox News profile to headline fundraisers. . . . We are a news operation, and the rules around here are part of how you know that.”