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user-pic My name is Jamie Friedland and I’m from Chicago.  I studied public policy and environmental science at Duke University, and then environmental law at the UCLA School of Law.  Between those opportunities, I lived in Washington, DC for two years working in a number of positions in Democratic politics and environmental communication & advocacy. 

I began blogging in the summer of 2008 after interning at the Natural Resources Defense Council and witnessing up close the Senate battle over the Climate Security Act.  My experiences with that legislative effort and the news-consuming habits that I developed that summer put me in a position where I felt I was informed enough to actually contribute something via a blog. Especially because there has been a marked decline in the quality and effectiveness of mainstream journalism.  

In October 2008, I became a columnist for The Chronicle, Duke University’s daily independent newspaper, and I held that post until they made me leave because I didn’t go to school there anymore.  My frustration with the press coverage of global warming also prompted me to complete an honors thesis on “balance as bias” in the media coverage of climate change, which is briefly summarized in my final Chronicle column,Balancing Act.”

Subsequently, I contributed to the now-defunct Environment page of Change.org for 9 months beginning in the summer of 2010, and crossposted many of my posts at TPM dagblog.  Now that I have entered the professional world, I have stopped blogging and chosen to focus more on nature/urban photography instead.

Thanks for visiting my blog, please feel free to comment, subscribe, or email me.  I appreciate you taking the time to read my posts and your feedback.

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1. amandatong - September 24, 2008

hi jamie 🙂 ❤

2. greah - March 17, 2009

sweet picture, thanks for cutting me out.

3. jdf15 - March 17, 2009

just trying to make it look good…

4. Mr. Axel V. Sabersky - May 4, 2010

Dear Mr. Jamie Friedland, May 4/2010

Good day. Thank you for your Article and kind reply. I somehow try to hope it will receive the well deserved recognition from our US Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches of our US Government. In my view your Article from just my very brief read is spot on and with seemingly clear obvious paths and obligations for more proper and forthright resolves. Again, great Article and many thanks.

I have already sent an e-mail to GAP, Mr. Tom Devine and NWC Mr. Stephen M. Kohn as to our public conversation on the TPM DC Website.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Axel V. Sabersky

5. Michael Neumann - June 1, 2010

So, Mr. Environmental “Scientist”, how many college level courses have you taken in physical chemistry, organic chemistry, microbiology, genetics, geology, paleontoloy, stratigraphy, microclimatolgy, physics, vegetation ecology, comparative anatomy, macroinvertebrates and the like? I’m betting zero, since these are hard science courses that teach facts not political opinions and factoids. And why have more than 32,000 SCIENTISTS in the U.S, not policy wonks and political operatives, signed a petition stating that the debate over global warming hasn’t even begun (see http://www.petitionproject.org/) let alone “is over”. The problem with the world in general and this country in particular is that it seeks political solutions to technical problems that the political class doesn’t have the basis to understand. Sadly, good science no longer has value in a world run by the scientifically illiterate. Can’t wait till the next anthropogenic crisis- maybe global cooling?? It’s been out of vogue for 20-30 years now…

Jamie Friedland - June 1, 2010

Michael, I received a minor in environmental SCIENCE. Believe it or not, that did in fact involve science courses. Universities do not merely indoctrinate America’s youth. But you caught me, I did not take macroinvertebratology. So please, inform me: what “truths” did I miss from the study of spineless animals that can be seen without a microscope that disprove the entire field of climate science?

My professors taught me science. I figured out my own political opinions. Hell, I even had a professor who said “nucular” and worked in the oil industry.

As for the petition, you are referring to the “Oregon Petition.” It has been thoroughly debunked. The Oregon Petition appears to have the support of numerous scientists, yes, but only a handful of those are climate professionals talking about THEIR FIELD. In reality, 0.1% of its signatories have a background in climatology (source below). The rest, the vast majority of those signatories on that “petition” who are actually real people and real degreed scientists (which is a much smaller subset of the total), are presenting baseless beliefs about a topic on which they have no expertise whatsoever. That’s about as useful as a dentist weighing in on astrophysics.

The only documents about climate change produced and endorsed by thousands of actual climate scientists reporting on their fields of expertise are the reports produced by the IPCC (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a collaboration of over 2000 of the world’s leading climate scientists from 130 countries).

I agree with your lament about policy solutions that sail over the heads of the scientifically illiterate, but I am a little confused because you seem to be among them. Anyone who thinks the earlier warnings about global cooling disprove global warming immediately betrays their ignorance.

Assuming the “WREA” in your email address is the White River Electric Association, I understand that rural electric cooperatives like yours may not fare well under a climate bill. That is unfortunate, but your senators in Colorado and those in the rest of the Western states are aware of your problems and have been looking after you pretty well. Climate change is real, even if it’s going to cost you some money. Sorry.

Source from above: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-grandia/the-30000-global-warming_b_243092.html

6. Alicia - June 6, 2010

I am a mother. I am not a politician, with no hidden agenda of who’s to blame or pointing fingers. I only want an idea or solution for cleaning up the oil on the surface of the ocean before it hits the shore or wetlands.
I know salt water freezes at colder temperatures than freshwater.
I do not know if a probe exhists that could freeze areas of the ocean surface. I think of oil in a pan of water…. when the pan is cooled the oil becomes a solid, more easily cleaned out in larger quanities…
Do you think the tools exhist to try this idea for clean up?
Do you think it will work?
Can you recommend the idea to people who might have the answers to some of the questions?
No chemicals involved in this clean up solution.
I wonder how the bags of oil blobs and sand are being disposed of?
Thanks for your help, ideas and ear

Jamie Friedland - June 6, 2010

It’s an interesting idea. I don’t have the expertise to evaluate that proposal and I haven’t heard anything about that so far, but I would think that changing the temperature of any significant quantity of water would be prohibitively energy intensive.

I’ll look into the oil disposal, though. Thanks for commenting!

7. Stephan Tychon - June 20, 2010

To whom it may concern:
I think the BP oil spill is the result of aggressive, dominant, industry pressure by ExxonMobil, constituting the world’s biggest and most unknown public-private partnership together with Shell and the Dutch government – the 1963 Gasunie, hence the (Royal) Dutch Disease – resource curse and easy money well that preluded the global financial misconduct crisis.

Please check my experience – Real Time Acts – with Yvo de Boer, recently, public governance in general (Casus Europae), the Enron trial (last man on the stand), and E-battle against Dell’s Trademark terror in Europe. My late father was Gasunie’s first director until 1966.

Atlantic Unbundling is the only way out in my perspective: separating the euro from the petrodollar to instate fair transatlantic competition and responsible monetary/budgetary fiscality in the European Union.

Sincerely,
Stephan Tychon
chief officer of change
World Stability Council

http://europeanUnity.eu
http://global-war.ning.com (UN climate chief misconduct)


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