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Mon, 2007-08-27 10:19Kevin Grandia
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Jacoby's questionable column is chopped liver

Here's a nice little retort of Jeff Jacoby's head-in-the-sand rant last week that in his mind somehow proves that human-caused global warming is not a reality. Taking opinion as some type of scientific evidence, the Boston Globe columnist wrote that, “scientists and other 'serious people' who question the global warming disaster narrative are not hard to find,”

In response David Bernstein at the Phoenix Sun writes:

In the August 19 Boston Globe, conservative op-ed contributor Jeff Jacoby wrote his fifth column in eight months denying climate change. His disdain for warming theorists goes back much longer; he pontificated on the subject as far back as 2002. And yet, after all this time and effort, he’s still relying on thin gruel for source material.”

Fri, 2007-08-24 17:00Kevin Grandia
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Fox News continues spreading misinformation on climate change

Media Matters has another example of Fox News spreading misinformation. This is despite the commitment to fight global warming made earlier this year by NewsCorp. CEO, Rupert Murdoch, whose company owns Fox News.

This latest example of global warming misinformation is the most blatant yet.
Thu, 2007-08-23 14:12Kevin Grandia
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Fun with Wiki Scanner! American Enterprise Institute wiki revisions

WikScanner strikes again!

Here are some interesting edits to wikipedia entries made by someone using an IP address belonging to the oil and gas sector supported American Enterprise Institute:

Under the entry for “Great Global Warming Swindle” the statement: ” On [[March 13]], [[2007]], [[George Monbiot]] argued the documentary was based upon already debunked science.” was revised to state:

Thu, 2007-08-23 13:19Kevin Grandia
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Fun with Wiki Scanner! Senate and Congress wiki revisions

Last week I highlighted a brilliant piece of programming called Wiki Scanner, which cross-reference known IP addresses with revisions to Wikipedia entries.

For example, an astute Wiki Scanner found that someone using a computer with an ExxonMobil IP address revised the entry for the Valdez oil spill. Whoever was using the ExxonMobil IP address edited the Valdez entry in a way that downplayed the environmental devastation it caused.

So here's some interesting things we've been able to find so far using Wiki Scanner:

Thu, 2007-08-23 12:01Bill Miller
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White House set to expand mountaintop coal mining

The Bush administration is expected to issue a regulation Friday to enshrine the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal, which involves blasting off the tops of mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams. Apart from a multiplicity of other forms of environmental degradation, use of the technique will expand dependence on coal, the largest source of atmospheric CO2, and slow conversion from fossil to renewable fuels.

Thu, 2007-08-23 11:13Bill Miller
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China's harvests face decimation due to global warming

China, the world’s most populous nation as well as its biggest greenhouse-gas emitter, is forecast to experience as much as a 10 per cent cut in its annual grain harvest due to global warming.

Thu, 2007-08-23 10:32Bill Miller
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Court orders Bush administration to prepare global-warming documents

In a case brought by environmentalists, a U.S. court has ruled the White House broke the law by failing to prepare studies and plans for dealing with climate change, and ordered the administration to produce the required documents by early next year.

Thu, 2007-08-23 09:28Emily Murgatroyd
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Big Oil's in the House! (and the Senate)

The Center for American Progress has released a report cross-referencing oil and gas political donations with voting activity on a recent clean energy bill passed in the House of Representatives.

And surprise of all surprises they found that the more money a member of Congress received from the oil industry the more likely they were to vote against the bill which eliminates $16 billion worth of tax loopholes to oil companies. The $16 billion is earmarked for investment in the development on clean energy technologies like wind and solar power.

Wed, 2007-08-22 15:21Kevin Grandia
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Interval measures - Part 5 of "Ew, I just stepped in a Heartland study!"

This is part 4 in a series on the Heartland Institute's supposedly rigorous study (pdf) on the state of global warming science. This flawed paper has been distributed to 10,000 Utahns by the Utah-based Sutherland Institute, a “sister” of the Heartland Institute.

Paul T. Mero, the president of the Sutherland Institute claims that, “for skeptics, we went out of our way to include a special analysis of the methodology used to create this study. This report is an honest reflection of the international scientific community…”

Let's see how that holds up.

Flaw #1: Heartland's study makes incorrect assumptions about levels of agreement and disagreement

Wed, 2007-08-22 14:55Kevin Grandia
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Leading questions - Part 4 of "Ew, I just stepped in a Heartland study!"

This is part 4 in a series on the Heartland Institute's supposedly rigorous study (pdf) on the state of global warming science. This flawed paper has been distributed to 10,000 Utahns by the Utah-based Sutherland Institute, a “sister” of the Heartland Institute.

Paul T. Mero, the president of the Sutherland Institute claims that, “for skeptics, we went out of our way to include a special analysis of the methodology used to create this study. This report is an honest reflection of the international scientific community…”

Let's see how that holds up.

Flaw #3: Heartland's study uses leading questions

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