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Inhofe Questioned About Manipulating Climate Polling Data

“Did Jim Inhofe Manipulate Poll Data On Climate Change Policy?” asks Eric Kleefeld today at Talking Points Memo.  Kleefeld questions whether Inhofe falsely represented polling data on American public opinion about climate policy. 

Following his bizarre trip to Copenhagen, Inhofe penned an op-ed in USA Today earlier this week arguing that “The bottom line is this: The American people have caught on to the significant flaws of cap-and-trade policy,” and citing a Washington Post poll which he alleged proved his point that “the American public is growing restless with policies that would put more Americans out of jobs and raise the cost of energy.”

But Kleefeld takes issue with Inhofe’s interpretation of the poll.  “The problem is this: The poll doesn’t say that people are against policies that would raise the cost of energy – in fact, it says quite the opposite,” he writes.

Sarah Palin Wants to Be Poster Child of Anti-Science and GOP Fear Mongering

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin penned an op-ed in Tuesday’s Washington Post slamming Obama’s “cap-and-tax” plan and promoting America’s home-grown, (not) cheap, (not) clean, (not) abundant fossil fuel supply. 

Palin clearly wants to be relevant in her forthcoming post-resignation days, and what better way than by declaring herself the lead spokesperson attacking efforts to stop climate change?

In true GOP fashion, Palin seeks to put the fear of God and all things scary into readers minds, foretelling an apocalyptic future for any who subscribe to the idea that we need to curb carbon emissions to save the climate and protect our economy from carbon dependence. 

Palin declares Obama’s cap-and-trade (er, sorry, she says “cap-and-tax” four times) energy plan an “enormous threat to our economy” that “would undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent damage.”

Permanent damage?  You mean the tipping point beyond which scientists conclude that we won’t be able to recover the climate and will surely face more devastating floods, droughts, and heat waves?

No, no. That’s not the “permanent damage” Sarah Palin predicts.

Instead, Palin is talking about the damage that efforts to curb carbon emissions might have on the profits of the world’s largest polluters, including the oil industry which has treated her and her family so well over the years, providing gobs of campaign funding and a job for dear husband Todd (when he’s not out snowmobiling, of course).

Dissent At the Washington Post – George Will’s Colleagues Criticism of Flagrant Errors on Warming

Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Mary Beth Sheridan have an article on the alarming decline of Arctic sea ice. In a stunningly unusual move, the article includes this statement:

“The new evidence—including satellite data showing that the average multiyear wintertime sea ice cover in the Arctic in 2005 and 2006 was nine feet thick, a significant decline from the 1980s—contradicts data cited in widely circulated reports by Washington Post columnist George F. Will that sea ice in the Arctic has not significantly declined since 1979.”

We’ve written extensively on WaPo columnist George Will and the misinformed opinion pieces he has been putting out lately. Never did I expect to see a WaPo journalist to go after Will so blatantly. It’s refreshing to see.

Earlier today we reported that a Washington Post blogger chastised the Will for lying repeatedly in his columns.

Now it’s come to our attention that multiple columnists and other colleagues from Will’s own paper have come forward to slam Will for his outrageous use of global warming denier arguments in WaPo columns. See Chris Mooney’s blog “The Washington Post vs. George Will?” and David Robert’s coverage over at Grist.

It’s quite extraordinary for employees of the same news organization to openly chastise each other, by name, in their own paper.  And it’s just the treatment that George Will deserves.

Kudos to those reporters who had the backbone to stand up and say something about Will’s lies.  Let’s hope the WaPo editors are listening and that George Will finally gets reined in before he spreads around any more skeptic

Special kudos to Dave Roberts at Grist and his keen eye for finding the Eilperin quote. trash in his columns.

Schwarzenegger launches scathing attack against U.S. government for inaction on global warming

The Republican and California governor accused the U.S. government in general and President Bush in particular of “inaction and denial” by blocking state efforts to take action on climate change.

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