Daily Archives: March 19, 2012

National Park Service (NPS) goes full propaganda on global warming?

The NPS, part of the US Dept of Interior, is going to the public with videos on “climate change”. Of course, the term “climate change” is undefined….but it is bad and the NPS is going to fight it! Notice in the rfp below the emphasis on “creating a personal bond.”

So will this simply be propaganda? From the rfp below it looks like a slick public relations pitch to keep the money flowing to this program…..

How about just explaining climate and the fact that it changes all the time….short and long term weather patterns and average weather….and forget the hypothetical (scenario) models….

TASK: Produce a total of 2 each, ten-minute movies.
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this project is to convey the urgency of climate change as seen through the eyes of scientists working in that field. Each film will follow an NPS scientist working on climate change. The films will show the scientist in the field, analyzing data, and include a bit of their personal lives, and also showing the science, professional commitment, and passion of the scientists doing their work, including (a) how climate change is monitored and what we’ve learned as a direct result of that science, (b) introduce viewers to the day-to-day operations of science field work, (c) engage new audiences (youth, students, teachers, web-users) to national park science through engaging visual media, (d) be of high visual quality and interest while accurately conveying both factual detail and agency mission, and


SCOPE OF WORK: SLN staff will provide appropriate movie content.
Some researchers are obviously more out-going or photogenic than others. NPS will try to select film subjects passionate about their work. Videographer’s task is to convey that passion to audiences.

Movie content, will include explanation of why science occurs in National Parks, and other detailed park information, with the intent that the movies convey factual park information, the importance of why studying a particular resource is vital to achieving NPS goals, and show that science is performed in National Parks.

The SLN will coordinate for the contractor, all on-site interviews with park staff, and will be present for most of the filming. Each movie will highlight the activities of a field researcher who will be shown conducting his or her own work. Although no script is involved, each video sequence will be scheduled and accompanied by an NPS liaison staffer. The liaison staff will provide a few leading questions to start the interview and the rest will follow ad lib. Normally a single researcher is in the field with a small crew of 3-4 individuals.
Title: Produce two each, 10-minute movies about scientists working in parks on climate change potentially within entire network of eight Pacific Northwest National Parks throughout Western Washington and Northwestern Oregon.         Sol. #:  P12PS20984         Agency:   Department of the Interior

Office:    National Park Service         Location:                  NPS – All Offices         Posted On:  Mar 17, 2012 6:54 am         Base Type:  Combined Synopsis/Solicitation         Link:                      https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOI/NPS/APC-IS/P12PS20984/listing.html

Climate ignorance on “Climate Progress”

This is not a political blog…..but I became aware of this post on the so called “Climate Progress” site (click here) and I felt compelled to respond. The site criticizes a Republican legislator in California for inviting Lord Monckton to address the legislature. Why is such a presentation so threatening?

This web site…run by Joe Romm…has resorted to the worst name calling and intimidation to try to stop Monckton’s address. It shows once again, that promoters of runaway global warming simply cannot sustain a rational discussion of the science with regard to CO2 in the atmosphere with others who disagree with their preconceived conclusions.  Promoters are saying anything to keep the government funding going….

From this and other posts on this site, Romm has nothing constructive to add to the current discussion of climate issues…..

Politics: Romney abandons English language requirement for PR statehood

To gain votes in Puerto Rico, Mitt Romney agreed to drop the requirement that English be the official language….and that only a simple majority vote would be good enough to become a state. When Governor, his state was towards the bottom with respect to job creation….so he’s a businessman….that does not mean he knows how to reform a government out of control to create jobs….And RomneyCare certainly shows he has no clue about how to regulate health care….

I whole-heartedly agree with Thomas Sowell (click here)….that Romney is buying the election through negative campaigning……and not leading because of vision or ideas or even ability. (Nice, personally conservative, but not what the US needs….)

If he is the GOP nominee, the country loses again….

Press Spin: Washington, DC Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) misled customers on lead?

Drinking water lead is again in the news in Washington, DC, the Examiner (click here) has reported that WASA misled customers and covered up lead test results. This based on a report of the District of Columbia inspector general (click here for another article).

Previously, the CDC was accused of using flawed data. Click here….

UPDATE: See comments for a message from DC Water (click here).


Fluoride role in atherosclerosis examined…

Study using rabbits to examine the role of fluoride and/or arsenic…..on inflammation….

Ma. Y., Niu, R., Sun, Z., Wang, J., Luo, G. Zhang, J., and Wang, J. Inflammatory responses induced by fluoride and arsenic at toxic concentration in rabbit aorta. Arch Toxicol. 2012 Mar 16.

Shanxi Key Laboratory of Ecological Animal Science and Environmental Veterinary Medicine, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taigu, Shanxi, 030801, People’s Republic of China.

Epidemiological and experimental studies have demonstrated the atherogenic effects of environmental toxicant arsenic and fluoride. Inflammatory mechanism plays an important role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. The aim of the present study is to determine the effect of chronic exposure to arsenic and fluoride alone or combined on inflammatory response in rabbit aorta. We analyzed the expression of genes involved in leukocyte adhesion [P-selectin (P-sel) and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1(VCAM-1)], recruitment and transendothelial migration of leukocyte [interleukin-8 (IL-8) and monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1)] and those involved in pro-inflammatory cytokines [interleukin-6 (IL-6)]. We found that fluoride and arsenic alone or combined increased the expression of VCAM-1, P-sel, MCP-1, IL-8, and IL-6 at the RNA and protein levels. The gene expressions of inflammatory-related molecules were attenuated when co-exposure to the two toxicants compared with just one of them. We also examined the lipid profile of rabbits exposed to fluoride and (or) arsenic. The results showed that fluoride slightly increased the serum lipids but arsenic decreased serum triglyceride. We showed that inflammatory responses but not lipid metabolic disorder may play a crucial role in the mechanism of the cardiovascular toxicity of arsenic and fluoride.

Click here to obtain the paper (fee).