An autmotive industry number cruncher called CNW Marketing Research has announced a study which claims that, “dust to dust,” high-polluting SUV's consume less energy than high-mileage hybrids. The CNW report claims to have calculated total energy consumption in the full lifecycle of an automobile, including construction and disposal, and concluded that SUVs have an energy advantage over gas-electric hybrids.
Canada's national pretender - the National Post - is at it again, dismissing any notion of climate change on the grounds that while the weather has been warmer than usual in Calgary, it was colder than ever in Warsaw.
“When will we see a story about increasing levels of manmade greenhouse gases being a sign of progress? A story that points out that our use of affordable sources of energy continue to spur increases in global productivity, health, longevity, and quality of life in general? A story about the fact that the wealth that is generated by access to fossil fuels is just what will be required to develop and refine alternative energy technologies in the future?”
Accuracy in Media (AIM) is a New Right website that claims dedication to promoting “fairness, balance and accuracy in news reporting.” But this post gives a wonderful example of how twisted this “impartial” media monitoring has become. AIM assails MSNBC-TV host Keith Olbermann for suggesting that there might be a top-down, pro-Bush bias in his organization. Not possible, AIM claims, because NBC is owned by GE, which famously acknowledges that climate change is a real and pressing problem - in obvious contradiction to the Bush administration's position.
EMagazine recently interviewed Eugene Linden, author of The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather and the Destruction of Civilizations.
Linden does a nice job of explaining one of the most critical problems in sorting out the PR bias of climate change. The boldface question is from eMagazine. Linden's intelligent answer follows:
This headline - “The truth about global warming” - is one of the biggest hit grabbers on Google: people want to know.
In such circumstances, woe betide the ones who wind up on Susan Shelley's blogpost, which begins with an interesting piece of science and concludes with an encouragement that we all ignore the unprecedented scope of human impact on the earth's climate - and watch football. Scary.
The gassy Competitve Enterprise Institute has reacted in horror to President George W. Bush's State of the Union admission that the United States is “addicted to oil.”
The CEI's Director of Energy Policy, Myron Ebell (the Oil-aholics Anonymous equivalent to an old drinking buddy), said in a post on the CEI site,
“President Bush might as well have said, ‘we're addicted to prosperity, comfort, and mobility, and I've got the policies to do something about it.’”