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Mon, 2006-02-06 10:38Ross Gelbspan
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GOP Sen. Lugar, Contradicting Bush, Calls on US To Rejoin the Kyoto Process

In a direct swipe at the head-in-the-sand Bush Administration, a major Republican Senator called on the U.S. to rejoin the Kyoto process in a major address to the U.N. Security Council:  

Among other things, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana said:

“I have urged the Bush Administration and my colleagues in Congress to return to a leadership role on the issue of climate change.

Thu, 2006-02-02 10:36Ross Gelbspan
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GE's Green Initiative Thwarted by "Hidden Hand"

Following a widely heralded move by General Electric to substantially cut its carbon output, a tiny, dissident shareholder group has filed a resultion asking the company to stop its plan to fight global warming. In January, Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of the global giant, announced the firm was launching an 'ecomagination' program to sell $20 billion worth of green technologies over the next four years.

Mon, 2006-01-30 14:38Ross Gelbspan
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Hansen, NYT Deserve Praise for Standing up to Censorship

In 1988, against the background of Yellowstone National Park in flames, James Hansen, of NASA's Goddard Space Center, went before Congress to declare that “global warming is at hand.”

Last month, Hansen wrote:

The Earth's temperature… is now passing through the peak level of the Holocene, a period of relatively stable climate that has existed for more than 10,000 years. Further warming of more than one degree Celsius will make the Earth warmer than it has been in a million years… That implies practically a different planet. …The Earth's climate is nearing, but has not passed, a tipping point beyond which it will be impossible to avoid climate change with far-ranging undesirable consequences.”

Wed, 2006-01-25 15:06Ross Gelbspan
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Hot Time -- Bad Timing

Three days ago, it was revealed that Stephen Harper was joining George W. Bush in a North American death wish by withdrawing from the Kyoto process. 

Yesterday, NASA scientists announced that 2005 had topped 1998 as the hottest year on record.  In fact, one NASA researcher said it was likely that 2005 may have been the warmest in several thousand years.  While the rest of the world scrambles to patch together the barest beginnings of a survival strategy, it seems clear that the alternative path blazed by the US and Australia, a followed by India, China and now Canada is becoming the non-stop route to climate hell.

Sun, 2006-01-22 09:38Ross Gelbspan
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Monbiot: Methane Findings Highlight the Scam of Carbon Trading

The Scam of Global Warming Is That We Pay Others For Our Complacency
The most destructive effect of the carbon offset trade is that it allows us to believe we can carry on polluting

George Monbiot, The Guardian (UK),  Jan. 22, 2006   

[A] study published  last week in Nature showed, to everyone's astonishment that plants produce methane, a greenhouse gas… But while this study does nothing to threaten global warming  theory … it should shake our  confidence in one of our favourite means of tackling it: paying other people to clear up the mess we've made.

 

Thu, 2006-01-19 14:58Ross Gelbspan
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The Wall Street Journal Embarrasses Itself Again

In a Jan. 19 editorial, titled “Kyoto’s Big Con,” the Wall Street Journal declared:

“The U.S. dropped its signature from Kyoto because arbitrary emissions targets are both pointless and economically damaging. No proof exists that lower emissions reduce global warming. The idea that human activity influences climate change one way or another is far from proven, given the overwhelming role nature itself plays in atmospheric changes. And if the warming trend of recent decades continues – by no means a certainty – it might well be a boon to humanity.”

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