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Wed, 2007-05-16 09:30Kevin Grandia
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Petroleum Geologists Association changing its climate change tune

It seems that the American Association of Petroleum Geologists is softening its former hard-line stance on global warming.

A new proposed position paper on their site contains a lukewarm acknowledgment of the role human activity and greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels plays in the present warming. They state:

Humans, simply by virtue of the size of the world's population, represent a new agent of change through our significant modifications related to land use, urbanization, industrial activity, and through changes in atmospheric composition related to fuel combustion and deforestation.”

H/T to Eli Rabbet for tracking this down.
Tue, 2007-05-15 23:00Kevin Grandia
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NASA finds "vast regions" of Antarctic melting

NASA released a new report today revealing clear evidence of extensive snow melt in 2005 due to warmer than normal temperatures.

Using their new QuikScat satellite, NASA found “the most significant melt observed using satellites during the past three decades.”

According to Conrad Steffen at the University of Colorado: “Antarctica has shown little to no warming in the recent past with the exception of the Antarctic Peninsula, but now large regions are showing the first signs of the impacts of warming..”

Mon, 2007-05-14 16:00Ross Gelbspan
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America's Real Climate Policy -- $35 Billion for New Coal Plants

A Depression-era program to bring electricity to rural areas is using taxpayer money to provide billions of dollars in low-interest loans to build coal plants even as Congress seeks ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

The beneficiaries of the government's largesse – the nation's rural electric cooperatives – plan to spend $35 billion to build conventional coal plants over the next 10 years, enough to offset all state and federal efforts to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions over that time.

Mon, 2007-05-14 09:31Kevin Grandia
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Where global leadership means stalling and heel-dragging

A spokeswoman for the White House Council on Environment Quality told BBC today that, “the US continues to lead the global effort on climate change.”

Apparently “lead the global effort” somehow means culling language from a draft G8 summit document that would see member nations getting tough on greenhouse gas emissions. The BBC has obtained a document outlining plans for the US to, yet again, water down tough global action on climate change.

Sun, 2007-05-13 09:41Ross Gelbspan
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Bringing Intelligence To Bear On Climate Change

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell believes it is “appropriate” for global climate change to be considered in a future National Intelligence Estimate, according to a letter he sent to Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Fri, 2007-05-11 17:24Kevin Grandia
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Around the DeSmogosphere

Here's what some of DeSmog's friends and fellow bloggers had to say this week:

Adam@TerraBlog writes:

A grab bag of compact-fluorescent related items this week. First up, the “wife test”: it seems women are at least partly to blame for the dismal adoption rate of CFLs in the U.S., despite the fact that women are more likely than men to express a strong willingness to make behavioral changes to fight climate change…”

Eli@Rabett Run writes:

In 1997 a mass mailing appeared across the US sent by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, a one barn, no horse outfit that had specialized in curricula for home schoolers of the frum persuasion. The mailing included a letter from Fred Seitz, who signed as the former president of the National Academy of Sciences, neglecting to mention his extremely profitable experience as a front for the tobacco industry…”

Fri, 2007-05-11 12:34Ross Gelbspan
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Meet the Devil: Hansen and Mann are "Fearmongers"

So who are the fearmongers again?

 

“The cycle of alarmist predictions is now well established. Not long before some new UN moot, a prominent fearmonger like James Hansen or Michael Mann will make a tremulous statement about the accelerating tempo of the warming crisis. The cry is taken up by the IPCC and headlined by the New York Times, with exactly the same lack of critical evaluation as that newspaper's recycling of the government's lies about Saddam's WMDs.” – Alexander Cockburn

Fri, 2007-05-11 11:17Kevin Grandia
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The Tobacco Institute's Legacy of Spin

Big Tobacco, in the form of the Tobacco Institute and The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, wrote the book on manipulative PR tactics. Go no further than this 1982 news interview with a Tobacco Institute VP.

Sound familiar? Same talking points, bigger issue. We've acquired more than 20 hours of old Tobacco Institute video, so watch for more clips over the next few weeks on DeSmog TV.

Wed, 2007-05-09 12:37Kevin Grandia
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Breaking: Environment Canada employee arrested for leaking climate plan

RCMP just posted this.

Globe and Mail has the story.

Update: Globe and Mail has updated their story .

H/T: VJ for keeping on top of this.

Wed, 2007-05-09 10:57Kevin Grandia
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Will Fox News stop peddling "Junk Science?"

With the announcement today by News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch that the media conglomerate is joining the battle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the big question here at DeSmogBlog is whether this means Fox News will end its peddling in global warming junk science.

Steve Milloy (aka. “The Junkman”) is a regular Fox News columnist and tireless campaigner in the war agianst climate science. A quick read of Milloy's website and you will find the usual laundry list of long-held global warming denier arguments.

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