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SUV's Outperform Hybrids in Energy Lifecycle: Interesting if True

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.

National Post Writers Overwhelmed by 2 Simultaneous Thoughts

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.

Inconvenient Truth: An Update

“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: A New Spin on the Spinners Spin

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.

More on the Bush Attack on Science

Media "balance" on global climate change reinterpreted

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:

The Truth About Global Warming - Again

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.

Denying Dan's Debut

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Here's a treat, a www.desmogblog.com exclusive look at what really animates the climate change skeptics. Thanks for this first cut to the creative folks at Raincity Studios and to laughmeister Ken Hegan.

Fuelling Controversy: An Overview of Climate Debate Manipulation

A nice survey of the “skeptics” attack on climate science - and the public policy implications - can be found on the blog UKWatch.net.


For more on the who's who of the climate denial industry, check out our comprehensive climate deniers research database.

 

The Overwrought Hyperbole Institute

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.’”

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