As a TV doctor, Mehmet Oz embraced climate science. Now a candidate for the Senate, he denies it.

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As a TV doctor, Mehmet Oz embraced climate science. Now a candidate for the Senate, he denies it.

As a famous television doctor, Mehmet Oz has used its platform to raise awareness of how climate change is harming public health by fueling extreme heat, wildfires, floods and infectious disease outbreaks.

But as a Republican candidate for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania, a key battleground in the fight for control of Congress, Oz is now denying the scientific consensus on climate change and downplaying the dangers of the Earth’s rapid warming.

While climate change hasn’t emerged as a major issue in the contest between Oz and his Democratic rival, John Fettermanit nevertheless highlights the changing environmental positions of Oz, who is a doctor and not a climatologist.

The details: In 2017, Oz co-wrote a column called “Climate Change Creating Public Health Problems” with Mike Roizenthen the chief medical officer Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

  • In response to a reader’s question, Oz and Roizen cited a report by 11 major medical companies, representing more than half of America’s physicians, on how climate change threatens public health.
  • “The report indicates that climate change increases the risk of cardiorespiratory diseases associated with wildfires and air pollution; heat injuries caused by extreme heat events; the spread of infectious diseases, such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease; and health and mental health issues caused by flooding and extreme weather,” they wrote.

However, at a March campaign event in Erie, Pennsylvania, Oz dismissed the scientific consensus on global warming.

  • Oz claimed that liberal climate policies are hurting the fossil fuel industry “for no good reason except the ideology that carbon is bad – which in itself is a lie. Carbon dioxide, my friends, [is] 0.04% of our air. That’s not the problem.
  • The overwhelming majority of scientists agree that carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels and other human activities is the primary driver of climate change.

A spokeswoman for the Oz campaign did not respond to a request for comment, while Roizen was not immediately available for an interview.

Asked to comment, campaign spokesperson Fetterman Joe Calvello criticized Oz’s shifting stance on climate change and said that Fetterman “absolutely agrees with the scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by the burning of fossil fuels”.

Failover on fracking

Meanwhile, Oz and Fetterman have changed their stances on fracking in Pennsylvania.which is second only to Texas in natural gas production, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

In a 2014 column, Oz wrote that fracking should be banned until its potential adverse health effects have been fully investigated.

“We wonder how eager natural gas industry executives would be,” he wrote, “to drink well water from a farm next to one of their drilling sites. “.

But in recent months, Oz has been a strong advocate for fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, a technique that involves blasting water mixed with sand and chemicals into wells to extract more oil and gas.

“Stand back, Biden! Give us the freedom to fracture! Oz said in March ICT Tac video which shows him refueling his car.

Fetterman, for his part, endorsed a fracking moratorium during his unsuccessful 2016 Senate campaign. But the Democrat, now Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, has since dropped his support for the policy.

Calvello said Fetterman “hasn’t supported a fracking moratorium or ban” since Pennsylvania passed tougher fracking regulations in October 2016.

Courting Conservative voters

Jeff Brauerprofessor of political science at Keystone College in La Plume, Pa., said Oz appears to have shifted his stance on environmental issues to appeal to moderate and conservative voters in the battleground state.

“For conservative PA voters, climate change is not a concern and they feel it has been overdone,” Brauer said in an email. “For them, fracking is an extension of those beliefs, and they think fracking should be encouraged/allowed as much as possible. And for many moderate PA voters, who ultimately decide statewide races, fracking and all the industries surrounding it are an economic lifeline.

It remains to be seen, however, whether the strategy will bear fruit at the polls.

“As far as the impact on the election goes,” Brauer said, “it will be about how these issues lend themselves or compete with the main issues of this election cycle, in particular the economy, abortion and democracy”.

Impartiality Bake the political report considers the race a “trick of luck”, as Fetterman faces questions about his health after suffering a stroke in May.

President Biden will travel to Philadelphia on Thursday to raise funds for Fetterman. The two candidates will face off in their one and only debate on October 25.

Biden to announce release of more oil from strategic reserve

President Biden will announce on Wednesday the release of an additional 15 million barrels of oil Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to lower gas prices three weeks before the midterm elections, as Republicans hammer Democrats over rising costs, the Washington Post Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Evan Halper report.

The move is part of an existing plan to release 180 million barrels of crude oil to market throughout the year. It follows an announcement by OPEC Plusa coalition of oil-producing nations led by Russia and Saudi Arabia that it will cut oil production by 2 million barrels a day, threatening further price hikes in countries already struggling with high costs.

Biden accused big energy companies of driving up consumer prices at the pump. Industry officials respond that the administration picks numbers from their balance sheets, ignoring stretches at the start of the pandemic when companies were losing money. Critics, including many Republicans, have also argued that Biden is abusing the reserve for his own political ends, rather than limiting its use to a genuine national crisis as intended.

In his briefing on Tuesday, White House Press officer Karine Jean-Pierre noted that gasoline prices have recently begun to decline again, dropping five cents over the past week to a national average of $3.87 per gallon. But in Nevada, a state where Democrats are at risk of losing a Senate seat and where polls show a tight race for governor, a gallon of gas costs an average of $5.23.

At war, Russia aims to claim Ukraine’s land – and its carbon emissions

Countries generally try to reduce their carbon emissions, not increase them. But this year, Ukraine and Russia are fighting over who can claim broadcasts from Crimea and other Ukrainian territories the Kremlin has forcibly occupied, according to The Post. Michael Birnbaum reports.

The dispute will culminate next month UN climate summit in Egypt, where the two countries are expected to submit official emissions figures that include Crimea and other occupied territories – a move both countries see as key to asserting their legal rights over the region.

If UN members sign documents in which Russia claims Crimean emissions, it would help normalize the use of force to change borders, said Alex Riabchyn, a former Ukrainian deputy energy minister who has been part of Ukrainian delegations to UN climate conferences since 2015.

“It’s not about climate arguments, it’s about our territory. Russia is trying to use all means to legitimize the illegal annexation,” Riabchyn said.

Interior to Hold First-Ever Offshore Wind Lease Sale in the Pacific

The Interior Department on Tuesday announced plans to hold its first-ever offshore wind lease sale in the Pacific Ocean, Ella Nilsen reports for CNN.

The agency will open five rental areas off the coast of central and northern California on December 6. The rental areas will span more than 373,000 acres and could potentially produce more than 4.5 gigawatts of energy, enough to power more than 1.5 million homes.

Since the Pacific is deeper than the Atlantic, the areas are expected to support floating offshore wind turbines that are tethered to the seabed. President Biden has set a goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 and 15 gigawatts of floating offshore wind power by 2035.

New Jersey sues Big Oil for weather damage

New Jersey sued Tuesday ExxonMobil, Chevron and other major oil and gas companies for allegedly misleading consumers about the role of fossil fuels in climate change, Jennifer Hijazi reporting for Bloomberg News.

The lawsuit alleges that the energy giants had known for decades that burning fossil fuels contributed to global warming, but continued to produce and sell to consumers. As a result, New Jersey has been forced to pay billions of dollars to clean up after climate-fueled disasters such as Hurricanes Sandy and Idaaccording to the complaint.

The suit, which comes days before Sandy’s 10th birthday, also names BP, Conoco Phillips, Shell and the American Petroleum Institute as defendants. Nearly two dozen similar lawsuits have already been filed by cities, states and counties, but none of the cases have yet gone to trial at the local level.

Theodore J. Boutrous Jr.a lawyer with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher which represents Chevron, said in a statement that the energy company “is satisfied that the allegations made are legally and factually without merit, and will demonstrate this in court. In the meantime, Chevron will continue to work with other stakeholders in the public and private sectors to develop real solutions to global climate change.

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