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Wed, 2007-05-02 21:00Richard Littlemore
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The Toyota Technique: Talking Out of Both Sides of Your Mouth

Toyota, the world's new number one automaker has been winning praise far and wide for the fuel efficiency of its fleet. And Toyota Vice President Josephine Cooper said in a recent TV interview that “Toyota has long supported increasing fuel economy standards for vehicles, which means increasing CAFE [Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency] standards.”

This would be noble if it were true.

Mon, 2007-04-23 10:11Bill Miller
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Clean air or clean water? Climate change enters Northwest dam debate

The long-standing controversy over dam removal in Washington, Oregon and California has heightened with scientific recognition of man made carbon emissions in global warming. Power companies and others who favor keeping the dams tout them as a crucial source of so-called clean energy, while opponents say the dams are anything but clean because they foul water and kill fish to generate electricity.

Tue, 2007-04-17 11:46Bill Miller
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Global warming may land U.S. in hot water

As the world turns warmer, water will become a major domestic and national-security problem for the U.S., a scientific report says, with states clashing over control of rivers at home, and shortages and floods worsening conflicts and terrorism abroad.

Thu, 2007-04-12 09:47Bill Miller
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Governator says global-warming fight must become “hip and sexy” to succeed

Rather than behaving like “prohibitionists at a fraternity party,” California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said its time to stop laying guilt trips about carbon emissions and focus instead on the benefits of clean air and a healthy planet.

Thu, 2007-03-22 09:58Bill Miller
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New study finds food supply already imperiled by climate change

World cereal crops have suffered losses of $5 billion US annually since 1981 due to global warming caused by human activity, says the first study to gauge how much world food production already has been affected by climate change.

Tue, 2007-03-20 19:41Bill Miller
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Former White House official doctored global-warming reports to undercut scientific findings

The official made 181 changes in three climate reports to emphasize uncertainties surrounding the science of climate change and undermine widespread conclusions that man-made emissions are warming earth. Shortly thereafter, the official, a former oil-industry lobbyist, left the White House to work at Exxon Mobil Corp.

Wed, 2007-03-07 12:26Bill Miller
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Cowboy capitalists promote slime in your gas tank to curb carbon emissions

Spurred by high oil prices and mounting concerns over global warming, a growing contingent of venture capitalists and hedge funds is seeking to replace crude oil with algae, and other alternative schemes, as ways to clean up the planet and achieve energy independence. It’s going to require considerable cash, and some of the more adventuresome are committing their careers and personal fortunes to the quest.

Fri, 2007-03-02 09:07Bill Miller
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California touts new warming law as boon to economy

As coal-state officials struggle over growing demand for lower carbon emissions, California lawmakers told a Senate hearing in Washington, D.C. their legislation to cut carbon-dioxide output to 1990 levels by 2020 is predicted to bring $60 billion and 80,000 new jobs to the state economy.

Thu, 2007-03-01 10:40Bill Miller
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New vehicle design surpasses California’s emission standards

Engineers at the Union of Concerned Scientists have unveiled a minivan design for an affordable, clean vehicle using existing technology and fuels that would meet or exceed global-warming pollution standards for cars and trucks adopted by California and 10 other states.

Tue, 2007-02-27 11:19Bill Miller
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An early environmentalist is embracing heresy in climate-change battle

Stewart Brand, publisher, writer and one of the foremost founders of the environmental movement in the 1960s, has taken the surprise step of endorsing nuclear power as an alternative to coal in the struggle against global warming. Nuclear waste is a problem, he says, but carbon emissions are worse.

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