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25 Notorious Bloopers in the Last 8 Years

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15. July 2013: Denial turns to defamation

A blogger for the Competitive Enterprise Institute likens Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann to Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach convicted of serial child molestation. Mann continues to pursue defamation litigation.

16. December 2013: Dirty energy or no energy

Master distractionist Bjorn Lomborg helps launch pro-coal "energy poverty" meme. Coal giant Peabody Energy launches a full-fledged PR sales pitch under the banner "Advanced Energy for Life," and others scramble to re-brand black coal as the White Hat in a Green World.

17. January 2014: Rush nails it. Again.

As record cold grips much of the U.S., Rush Limbaugh and others accuse meteorologists of inventing the term "polar vortex" in an attempt to hide Mother Nature's harsh rebuke of climate science. Cooler heads like Al Roker point out that "polar vortex" has been discussed in meteorology texts since at least the 1950's.

18. February 2014: Energy giant CEO gets all NIMBY

ExxonMobil boss Rex Tillerson joins a lawsuit against a fracking project near his home. He quits the case a few months later after harsh accusations that he's a NIMBYllionaire.

19. April 2014: Meet the Bundys

Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy leads an armed standoff against BLM agents. Bundy has refused to pay BLM grazing fees since 1993. In 2016, his sons lead an armed takeover at a National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. They've vowed to do it again.

20. April 2014: A disaster in Flint

The struggling city of Flint switches its water source. Reports of discolored water, foul smell and taste, and high bacteria and lead levels go ignored for more than a year. The local, state and federal governments declare a state of emergency nineteen months later.

21. February 2015: An exposed Willie

Documents obtained by Greenpeace and the Climate Investigations Center show climate researcher Willie Soon took more than a million dollars in funding from fossil fuel interests. He promised "deliverables" to his benefactors, and generated studies that cast doubt on human-caused climate change.

22. February 2015: Inhofe's (cold) curveball

Senator and alpha-male among deniers Jim Inhofe throws a snowball at the Senate President's podium, forever proving climate change is a hoax.

23. April 2015: Pilgrimage gets no press

Climate deniers stage a pilgrimage to Rome to "educate" Pope Francis on his "unholy alliance with the UN's climate agenda" and to suggest that Jesus would have served the poor by burning more coal. They are not granted an audience. Their press conference didn't really get one, either.

24. September 2015: Exxon ignores itself

Investigations by InsideClimate News and The Los Angeles Times reveal that Exxon's scientists had confirmed the dangers of climate change decades ago, while the company took virtually no action to curb it and continued to fund climate-denying scientists and groups.

25. December 2015: Giants join forces

Chemical giants Dow and DuPont announce a $130 billion merger. The deal, along with the proposed merger of two other chemical giants, Bayer and Monsanto, is still pending.

Peter Dykstra is a contributing writer and editor to both The Daily Climate and the Environmental Health News. Follow him on Twitter: @pdykstra

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