George Will's column reads like a farce. He parrots arguments advanced by the industry-paid skeptics at least 10 years ago – most of which have long since been abandoned by the skeptics themselves. A fuller, more thoughtful rebuttal, published on the “Media Matters” website, follows Will's column below.
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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.
Thanks to Erin Jeffries for spotting this piece on the seven signs of phoney science.
1. The discoverer pitches the claim directly to the media.
From the Vancouver Sun:
”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
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.
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.
It's great to see thoughtful businesses, and thoughtful business publications, acknowledging the obvious and taking responsible action accordingly:
Check this Fortune magazine story on the new survey by the Ceres investor coalition analyzing how 100 leading companies are addressing the growing financial risks and opportunities from climate change.