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Kyoto Kombatants

Embassy,Canada’s Foreign Policy Newsweekly, has run a two-part who’s who in Montreal this week. Part 1 and Part 2 are both worth a look for a quick sense of the major players, as long as you’re willing to forgive the Canadian bias.

The dirty lowdown about Canada's commitment to Kyoto

If anyone hasn't already read Jeffrey Simpson's Globe and Mail column today, it's worth a look.

Simpson points out that while the U.S. has been thumbing its nose at Kyoto and flagrantly ignoring the climate change crisis, it has still outperformed Canada, where everyone apparently drives single-occupancy SUVs to their environmental awareness meetings.

Transcendental Medication

The on-line Investors.com, puts the lie to the notion that investors are long-term thinkers with a piece entitled The EU’s Global Warming Fantasy. The article hammers away at Europe for having tried, but so far failed, to meet its Kyoto commitments. Much better the American way to not try at all.

If you start reading this piece looking for a cogent argument on what will happen if everyone takes the American path, you’ll be disappointed. But it’s worth forging on to the columnist’s last line: “The U.S. doesn’t need to ‘sign on’ to a new Kyoto deal — especially if, through technology and common sense, it can transcend it.”

The Daily Doubter

Wednesday’s Calgary Sun brought the triumphal announcement that we can stop worrying about global warming: “GLOBAL SCAM; KYOTO MAY JUST BE BAD SCIENCE.” The story, by Editor Licia Corbella, opened by saying:

“Many of the world’s top climatologists who live right here in Canada, have not even bothered to take a short train ride to attend the meeting. Why? Well, let’s ask Dr. Tim Patterson, a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences (paleoclimatology) at Carleton University in Ottawa and a world-renowned expert in the field.”

“I can’t be bothered,” he replied from his university office. “It’s just a waste of time.

Real Climate Scientists Talking About RealClimate Science

Confused by the news? Check out www.realclimate.org, “a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists.” Great stuff. You can quibble about their posts or pose questions for future analysis. They also back everything up with peer-reviewed papers.

... and check out the Christmas Gifts for Tim Patterson

A great selection of books for the uninitiated, the unwilling or the uninformed can be found at the RealClimate book wrap-up. Great reading on great reading.

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