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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.

In China, Two Billion Unanticipated Consequences of Climate Extremes

People living in communities surrounding a large shallow lake have been overrun by field mice after floodwaters drove the rodents out of islands on the lake, state media reported Monday.

Pledge to fight global warming

The DeSmog Team hit the road today and asked people to sign the Live Earth pledge.

Watch it! And then go to the Live Earth site and sign it yourself.

Chemical engineering, not carbon offsetting, is key to a low-carbon future

In this week’s BBC Green Room, columnist Stefaan Simons argues that carbon offsetting may make people feel better about emissions but it does little to change behavior or save the planet from global warming. Instead of simply allowing polluters to pay for emissions – a short-term solution – society must make radical changes to move to a low carbon economy and cut reliance on fossil fuels.

A plague o’er both their houses: Business, governments lack resolve on climate change

The United Nations secretary-general has told business it must do more to reverse global warming and use its power to affect the world responsibly, while a new survey of British businesses has found widespread discontent over their government's weakness in providing the necessary framework for environmental decision making.

More Evidence of Global Warming in the Arctic

Canadian researchers are concerned about artic ponds that are quickly evaporating and global warming is said to be the cause. These ponds, that date back thousands of years, are shrinking and even drying up at an accelerated rate which will have highly detrimental effects on the surrounding ecosystem. Larvae, which feed on the ponds, provide nutrients for animals in the area as well as mammals that rely on the pond for drinking water.

This is one of many indicators that man made greenhouse gas emissions are rapidly altering the landscape of the artic including thawing permafrost, melting sea ice and temperatures that according to the IPCC, are warming at twice the rate as the rest of the globe.

Gore blames carbon polluters for climate doubt in UK

In a BBC Radio interview today, former Vice President Al Gore says he was not surprised by the UK poll finding that 56% of people believe scientists are still questioning climate change.

Gore states: “The same findings apply to the United States and many countries around the world.

There's money in pollution, Jim, and some of the carbon polluters that are not among the responsible companies, the ones that don't want any change to threaten their profits have actually been spending a good bit of money to sow this confusion…”

Read more for the full transcript.  

Why Exxon makes Koch Giggle

As regular readers of DeSmogBlog know, ExxonMobil has been a regular target of bad ink for their continued funding of “think” tanks and industry associations that spread misinformation about the scientific evidence for human-caused global warming.

While Exxon is continuously vilified as the leader of the attack on climate change science, the Koch Foundation is heavily involved in the same type of activity, but receives very little of the bad press.

Anyone want to start

Slamming the Climate Skeptic Scam

A year and half and over 350,000 unique visitors to our site and it is the very first post that remains the most read.

So here it is:

There is a line between public relations and propaganda - or there should be. And there is a difference between using your skills, in good faith, to help rescue a battered reputation and using them to twist the truth - to sow confusion and doubt on an issue that is critical to human survival.

And it is infuriating - as a public relations professional - to watch my colleagues use their skills, their training and their considerable intellect to poison the international debate on climate change.


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