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Fri, 2006-03-31 10:48Ross Gelbspan
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Bush Fingers "Fundamental Debate"

 ”We – first of all, there is – the globe is warming. The fundamental debate: Is it manmade or natural.”  

– President George W. Bush, speaking in Washington on March 29, 2006 

Thu, 2006-03-30 08:45Ross Gelbspan
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US Royalties to Big Oil Give a New ($100 Billion) Meaning to "Black Gold"

Incentives for oil and gas companies that drill in the Gulf of Mexico will cost the federal government at least $20 billion over the next 25 years, according to the draft of a Congressional report obtained on Tuesday.

The new estimates, prepared by the Government Accountability Office, also warn that $80 billion in revenue could be lost over the same period if oil and gas companies win a new lawsuit that seeks a further reduction in their royalty payments.

Tue, 2006-03-21 13:56Ross Gelbspan
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Nobel Science Educator Finds U.S. Won't Put Its Money Where Its Youth Is -- But Canada Will

Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman Announces Move To British Columbia

Carl Wieman, CU-Boulder distinguished professor and Nobel laureate, announced today he will leave his faculty position at the University of Colorado at Boulder in January 2007 for a position at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Wieman made the announcement today at a news conference on the CU-Boulder campus. Under the terms of his agreement with UBC, Wieman will retain a 20 percent appointment at CU-Boulder to head up the Science Education Project.

Wieman's new faculty position at British Columbia will include funding for a $12 million science education project.

Fri, 2006-03-17 13:06Ross Gelbspan
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An "Ugly Climate Cover-up" in Switzerland

VERBIER, Switzerland (Reuters) - Global warming may be the last thing on the minds of extreme skiers speeding down the blustery cliff faces at Verbier-4 Vallees this winter. 

But looking down from the chic Swiss ski resort's 10,800-foot peak, Eric Balet, whose company runs the ski lifts, says climate change has become a business concern. 

Wed, 2006-03-15 06:54Ross Gelbspan
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Ringo, John, Paul, George -- Where are you when we need you?

'Rapid Warming' Spreads Havoc in Canada's Forests
Tiny Beetles Destroying Pines
The Washington Post, March 1, 2006
QUESNEL, B.C.– Millions of acres of Canada's lush green forests are turning red in spasms of death. A voracious beetle, whose population has exploded with the warming climate, is killing more trees than wildfires or logging.
Mon, 2006-03-13 13:25Ross Gelbspan
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Are Tar Sands Hazardous to Our Health?

High illness rate near oilsands worrisome, says Alberta health official 

CBC News, March 10, 2006 

A medical examiner in Alberta wants to know why there are reports of serious illnesses, including a rare cancer, in a small First Nations community near the province's oilsands.  

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