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Global-warming deniers shift gears in their distraction conspiracy

A column in a Seattle newspaper says growing consensus on human causes of climate change has forced deniers to switch tactics, abandoning shrill demands for scientific evidence – which is ample – for “drive-by shootings” such as exaggerated estimates of energy consumption in Al Gore’s house in Tennessee, or Prince Charles flying across the Atlantic to receive an environmental award.

Thanks for thinking of us World Changing!

The World Changing head-honcho, Alex Steffen, has come out with his thoughts on “The Best Climate Change Websites.”

I'm proud to report that Alex has chosen DeSmogBlog as on of the best!

This might have something to do with the fact that I just uncovered evidence that Alex used to be the PR guy for ExxonMobil!

Not really.

Thanks for the nod Alex, the feeling is mutual.

Edwards tops Democratic poll with stand on emissions cuts

A virtual town-hall meeting sponsored by saw Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards edge out fellow-opponents Clinton and Obama with his renewed call to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the U.S. by 80 per cent by 2050. Edwards also released a new podcast on his plan to make coal-fired power plans cleaner.


In an age where celebrity antics replace issues like the war in Iraq as front page news, it can be challenging to engage audiences with 'real' global issues without losing them to Entertainment Tonight. Whether we like it or not, when celebrity speaks, we listen.

MTV's new public service announcement on Global Warming features respected artists like Pearl Jam, Rusted Root and Blackalicious who weigh in on the effects of global warming and the consequences of inaction.

The Sun Sets (finally) on the Solar Radiation Myth

While the “cosmic ray” theory of climate change will probably still continue to be put forward by the persistent little army of global warming deniers, there's a new study to be published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society that appears to put the myth to rest once and for all.

Researchers have found that the Sun's output has actually fallen over the past 20 years, while temperatures continue to rise.

Any global warming denier who continues to defend this myth is more than welcome to send their scientific findings to the Proceedings of the Royal Society or any other peer-reviewed scientific journal for review and possible publication.

Auto Alliance Painting Green Efficiency Numbers

“There are 11 million alternative fuel autos on the road today,” exclaims The Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) website.

The AAM has a long history of fighting emission standards, so it's no wonder why a headline like “11 million alternative fuel autos on the road today” would jump out at anyone familiar with the Alliance and their not-so-environmentally friendly activities.

Murdoch's Green Image Mucked by Fox News Misinformation

Here's a video produced by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films chronicling the Fox News attack on climate science. These attacks continue despite highly publicized promises by News Corp. CEO and owner of Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, that his company would be cleaning up its collective climate change act.

H/T to Crooks and Liars.

Canadian government bets on climate change

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper threw $7 billion into the climate change expense sheet yesterday, promising to build at least six new light icebreakers to patrol Canada's Arctic waters.

Update: Here's Foreign Policy Blog's take on it. 

Who killed the Hybrid Plug-in? A sequel

For those of you haven’t seen the film Who Killed the Electric Car, the premise is quite simple and by the looks of things, it’s a premise that could repeat itself in the next decade or so.

While big automakers, like Ford, Toyota and GM hang a “hybrid plug-in” carrot in front of our collective nose, they’re fighting tooth and nail in California, and elsewhere, against stricter greenhouse gas emission standards for new vehicles.

Return of the Electric Car?

The Ford Motor Company, who has been criticized in the past by environmentalists for backing down from their alternative energy, vehicle development, announced that they would be selling plug-in hybrids in the next five to ten years.

This is the first time that Ford has announced a timeline for producing plug-in hybrids. The plug-in hybrid is seen as the best type of alternative energy vehicle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and gas consumption.


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