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What's an "IPCC Expert Reviewer?"

A lot of climate change deniers like to tout the fact that they were an “Expert Reviewer” for the last Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and a few DeSmog readers have been asking what exactly if takes to become an “Expert Reviewer.”

Well, thanks to our friend Tim Lambert at Deltoid Blog it turns out that an “Expert Reviewer” really isn't as exciting and not nearly as prestigous as it sounds. Tim writes:

“Expert reviewer for the IPCC” doesn't mean that they asked the person to review material – all it means is that they asked to see the draft report. The only real requirement to be a reviewer is to sign an agreement not to publicly comment on the draft.”

I have confirmed this with one of the authors of the updated IPPC report.

It's not easy pretending to be green

Once in a while a great public information campaign comes along, and this one by the Rain Forest Action Network fits the bill.

At the Detroit Auto Show, they had a full-size Kermit the Frog complaining about it's involvement in Ford Motor Company advertisements. As DeSmog readers well know , Ford Motor Company promotes a very green image, while continuing to fund organizations, like the Competitive Enterprise Institute, that sow doubt about the realities of global warming.

And Chrysler reacts

Following-up on an earlier post today regarding controversial comments made by Chrysler's chief economist today, Chrysler has issued this statment. In reaction, BBC News has posted a transcript of the remarks in question.

GM's chief economist reveals automakers greenwash

Update: GM issued this statment in reaction to the BBC story referred to below. 

With comments like this on global warming from Chrysler's chief economist Van Jolissaint, it's no wonder Chrysler continues it's steady slide in profits. According to a BBC report out this morning, Jolissaint went on a global warming screed during a private breakfast…


Europe to put global warming pressure on White House today

The President of the European Commission, Jose Manul Barroso, will be visiting the White House today to push the administration into a post-Kyoto global warming agreement. The new agreement will follow the current Kyoto Protocol and will be askind developed nations to sign on to a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas by 2020.

Democrats may form Special Global Warming Committee

From ThinkProgress: This morning on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos reported that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “is considering setting up a special committee in the House to deal with climate change and global warming.” Also on ABC, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) called climate change “the most serious environmental problem” we face, and said “we’ve got to get action on it” and “not wait until everybody around the world is going to do it.”

Hopefully this means action and not stall-by-committee

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