This year the contest was carried out on three websites and the results were combined. Your votes have been tabulated to determine the person who has most affected the environment through word or deed.
The 2010 Environmental Hall of Fame winner is RealClimate.org. As Physicist-retired said in his nomination, "This consortium of climate scientists has developed a comprehensive collection of data and analysis open to the public, with materials and discussions at basic, intermediate, and advanced levels of understanding. It is one of the most effective tools we currently have to combat – with real facts – the ongoing claims made by deniers." The site will receive the Most Noble Prize in Environmental Science, a heartfelt thank you, and a recommendation from the sites where this will be posted. Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Kerry were tied for second place, and should receive, as Dowser said of Governor Swarzennegger a big "Thanks, for standing firm. May God bless you!"
The Environmental Hall of Shame recipients are the Koch Brothers. They could use the publicity as they have been secretly funding candidates who oppose environmental regulations through their Americans for Prosperity Organization. They also clandestinely fund a number of think tanks that produce white papers, written by scientists with compromised ethics, that dispute the scientific research on climate change. They will receive the "Ignoble Prize in Environmental Science" and in the spirit of Oz, we will petition the Wizard to give them a social conscience.
Second place goes to Jane Lubchenco. As one blogger put it, " I nominate her as a key player in the cover up of the death and destruction of the Gulf of Mexico, and in the vilification of those Marine Scientists who have concluded that there is a huge amount of oil left in the Gulf." Her nominators were certainly the most creative in proposing prizes, and their names have been omitted, just in case. The proposed awards included: "The golden Tar Ball award . Yes , a big trophy cup over flowing with tar balls." "A picture of ten moon's hanging over the side of an oil stained shrimp boat , with a For Sale sign on the shrimp boat." "The old oil from every thing you will change the oil in this coming year. Cars, boats, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles whatever sits in your garage or drive way. Think of it as a new form of recycling. Mail it to her." Finally, someone wished to combine Jane's award with Tony Hayward's: "An all expense paid yacht trip for the two across the Gulf at the height of the spill, with an eternal flame lighting the bow."
Hall of Fame Nominations and Percentage of Votes :
RealClimate.org – For providing facts to counter the propaganda by climate change deniers. (45%)
Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger – For helping defeat Proposition 23, an effort to gut California's environmental laws and heavily funded by Texas oilmen. (27%)
Senator John Kerry – For his efforts to usher a Cap-and -Trade bill through the U.S. Senate. (27%)
China – For making real efforts to develop alternate energy sources. (0%)
Hall of Shame Nominations and Percentage of Votes :
The Koch Brothers, owners of Koch Oil – For slowing progress on a sound energy policy by funding climate change deniers. (46%)
Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Head of Noaa – For her role in the Gulf oil spill, being in bed with the oil companies she was to regulate, and damage to the fishing industry. (38%)
Tony Hayward, ex-chairman of BP – For decisions leading up to the oil spill and for saying, "I want my life back." after his decisions may have cost 11 others theirs. (8%)
China – For surpassing the U.S as the number one country in pollution emissions. (8%)
Remember, check www.realclimate.org for the facts on climate science. And, keep in mind those who you wish to nominate for the 2011 Awards, which will be held next December.