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Thu, 2007-06-21 08:38Ross Gelbspan
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"Two Paths For The Planet"

The American Prospect, June 19, 2007 Two Paths for the Planet: Will we rewire the world with clean energy – or descend into political chaos, social disruption and climate hell?

And will Washington get with the program?

Wed, 2007-06-20 07:47Ross Gelbspan
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Has the Skeptics' Dream become History's Nightmare?

The Earth today stands in imminent peril …and nothing short of a planetary rescue will save it from the environmental cataclysm of dangerous climate change.

Those are not the words of eco-warriors but the considered opinion of a group of eminent scientists writing in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Tue, 2007-06-19 16:38Kevin Grandia
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We are all asteroid deniers

I have had this old article by global warming denier Fred Singer in my inbox for quite some time now. It appeared in the April 22, 1996 edition of the Washington Times.

It seems that if Singer had his way, we would have dropped all this climate change and ozone depletion nonsense a long time ago and got onto more important issues… like planetary defense systems against giant comets and asteroids.


Tue, 2007-06-19 15:43Kevin Grandia
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Google has $10 million for 100 Mpg.

Google announced today that it will offer $1 million in grants and a further $10 million in funding for the development of a car capable of 100 miles per gallon. 

The program is part of Google's philanthropic efforts under a program called RechargeIT. 

Tue, 2007-06-19 13:51Kevin Grandia
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ExxonMobil slowly shedding its "skeptical" skin

ExxonMobil's chief spokesman, Kenneth Cohen recently stated that, “Exxon Mobil Corp. never in the past decade doubted the risk from climate change… [and] had simply firmed up, or “evolved,” its understanding of the threat.”

If by firming up the science, Cohen means spending an estimated $23 million on think tanks and associations that have spent the better part of the last decade attacking the scientific evidence for human-induced global warming, then we couldn't agree more.

Tue, 2007-06-19 11:26Kevin Grandia
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A history of tobacco spin

Here's a video compilation we were working on for James Hoggan's recent keynote lecture to the Canadian Public Relations Society's national conference. We chose in the end to not use the video, but I thought it would be great for DeSmog readers.

Tue, 2007-06-19 10:28Bill Miller
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Surprise ally delivers a kick against global warming

A Colorado sports organization is pitching itself as the world’s first carbon-neutral soccer team . Based in Boulder, where the city council voted last year to adhere to the Kyoto Protocol – something the U.S. government has never done – the Colorado Rapids under-23 organization has vowed all carbon emissions produced by the team are offset by carbon reduction.

 
Sun, 2007-06-17 13:02Bill Miller
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Carbon ranching pushes rainforest preservation in global-warming battle

Carbon ranching is a way to protect rainforests, which inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen to help cool the planet. At present, these woodlands are threatened by logging, mining, cattle production and, increasingly, sugar and palm oil plantations to fuel growing demand for ethanol. In fact, destruction of the world’s tropical forests now contributes more to global warming than China’s well-publicized industrial-pollution surge.

A pledge to help poorer nations reduce carbon emissions caused by slashing and burning their forests was in the final communiqué issued at the Group of 8 summit in Germany. The Bush administration has financed some tropical forest conservation projects in the past. Now, as Congress energetically debates new climate-change legislation, greater incentives for carbon ranching are advocated. As usual, the solution is simple economics.

Fri, 2007-06-15 12:09Bill Miller
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Global-warming is the ‘900-pound gorilla’ of policy decisions

Western U.S. governors laid to rest this week much remaining doubt about a human role in climate change; now they must find workable policies to avert global disaster 10 to 50 years in the future.

As one governor described it, “We are looking for the silver lining in a black cloud.” But even as they grappled over the scientific consensus, religious and political skeptics were scrambling to discredit it.

Fri, 2007-06-15 10:25Kevin Grandia
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AccuWeather - the "unbias" source for all your skeptic news

I've been watching AccuWeather.com for a while now, and they have just unleashed a very strange new front for the global warming denier movement.

AccuWeather's very professionally done video blog section, “Headline Earth,” is touting itself as providing “an unbias look at the global warming debate.” And to prove how unbias they really are, they provide none other than Pat Michaels as their featured interview.

And who will they be airing on their next episode? None other than Dr. Fred Singer. 

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