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The Waxman Cometh

It has been a long time coming–and its arrival leaves me feeling almost like I'm witnessing the end of an era.

Yesterday Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight, published a long awaited report (PDF), 16 months in the making, that probably represents the most comprehensive investigation yet of how the Bush administration has interfered with and suppression the communication of information about the science of climate change.

And the conclusion is stark: “The Bush Administration has engaged in a systematic effort to manipulate climate change science and mislead policymakers and the public about the dangers of global warming.”

Canadian Environment Minister Baird Has a Case of the Bali Bumbles

It seems that Canada's Environment Minister John Baird is trying his best to live up to his critics' expectations at the United Nation's climate summit underway in Bali, Indonesia.

But it hasn't only been the Minister's unpalatable climate policies that are embarrassing his country on the world stage.

The Minister's bumbling and fumbling as a diplomat is also garnering a lot of chuckles.

It's like a blooper roll in real time.

Bali: Obama "Objection" Looks Like Defence of Status Quo

The statement released by presidential hopeful Barack Obama yesterday looks worryingly like a defence of the untenable and destructive Bush Administration position on global warming.

It looks like spin.

Job Security Unstable? Renewable Energy is Looking for Employees.

Author Jeff Goodell's quote, “[a] full-blown push for clean energy could unleash a jobs bonanza that would make what happened in Silicon Valley in the 1990s look like a bake sale,” rings true when you look at yesterday's job report published by the UN.

The report found that solving global warming has resulted in world wide employment gains.


White House Press Secretary Fumbles on Climate Science Censorship Report

If you're going to lie, at least be honest about it.

During today's press briefing White House press secretary, Dana Perino, spun herself into a knot with her won bafflegab in response to a Congress Committee investigative report released today.

Bali: Canada Puts Energy Before Environment in Delegation

Canada's governing Conservative party, which clings to power with a slim minority in Parliament, banished its usual traveling partners - the political opposition and Canadian environmental organizations - from its Bali delegation, choosing instead to bring along executives from one of the largest Canadian-owned energy firms, Encana.

Congressmen to UN: Don't blame us -- We just live here!

The US might have earned global ire for refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, but not every American is a climate villain, U.S. lawmakers say. Rep. Edward J. Markey and 10 House committee chairmen, in a letter to the U.N., highlighted what they said was the willingness of the U.S. Congress and voters to act against a policy of delay adopted by the administration of George W. Bush.

…[T]he world must know that President Bush's avoidance of action is not the status quo here in America,” said Markey, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.”

US To Hold Separate Talks With No Balihoo!

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The United States has invited major economies to Hawaii next month for a new round of talks about setting goals to curb greenhouse gas emissions, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

The White House sent invitations on for the meeting of 17 major economies, which account for more than 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, said Harlan Watson, the chief U.S. climate negotiator. The United States held a first round of the talks in Washington in late September.

Gore pushes Bali delegates for early pact to curb emissions

Former vice-president Al Gore has urged officials to advance by two years a new treaty to curb greenhouse emissions instead of waiting for the Kyoto Protocol to expire in 2012.

IPCC Chief Calls Canada a Climate "Opportunist"

Canada is being “opportunistic” in its stance on carbon emissions reductions, the head of the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC said Thursday.

Canada has said emissions reductions targets should apply to all major emitters, including China and India, although past negotiations have agreed that industrialised countries bear greater responsibility for climate change.

“It is really an opportunistic position that they are taking,” said Rajendra K. Pachauri,. “This particular government has been a government of skeptics. They do not want to do anything on climate change,” Pachauri said.

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