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Tue, 2007-09-04 11:21Bill Miller
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Squabble erupts over excessive ‘green taxes’ in UK

Instead of tailoring taxes to address the social costs of carbon emissions in Britain, a taxpayers group says government ministers have been using the levy as a cash cow, stuffing their own coffers rather than improving the environment.

Tue, 2007-09-04 10:36Bill Miller
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Climate change drives up greenhouse-gas emissions from UK peatlands

A new study has found that hotter summers and wetter winters could further destabilize the habitat already described as “the most severely eroded in the world,” making it a perpetrator of global warming instead of mitigating it through proper conservation.

Tue, 2007-09-04 09:31Kevin Grandia
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Coal-fired Minnkota CEO finds solace in the "Heartland"

In a recent column titled “Global Warming Uncertain,” David Loer, CEO of Minnkota Power Cooperative writes:

…others would like us to believe that carbon dioxide from burning coal is a major contributor to catastrophic global warming and apparently are offended when we question that premise.”
Sun, 2007-09-02 12:01Bill Miller
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Award-winner Gore set to pitch global-warming message in British Columbia’s capital

The former U.S. vice president will descend on Victoria September 29, then cross the Georgia Strait for an engagement that evening in Vancouver. After his address, expected to focus on daily actions to combat climate change, the audience will be treated to high tea at the venerable Empress Hotel.

Thu, 2007-08-30 05:58Ross Gelbspan
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The Latest in Offsets: Homelessness

Planting trees in Uganda to offset greenhouse-gas emissions in Europe seemed like a good idea - until farmers were evicted from their land to make room for a forest.

Wed, 2007-08-29 22:45Emily Murgatroyd
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Donate to Operation Uncover DSCOVR - we need your help!

Step up DeSmogBlog fans. We need your help in finding out who killed the Deep Space Observatory project.

The more donations we receive the more resources we can throw behind this project. We have an opportunity to shine the light on the politics behind global warming at their worst. Click here to donate, it all adds up, so whatever you can afford.

And here's the cheeky DSCOVR “advertisement” we are sending around the blog-o-sphere. Enjoy!

Wed, 2007-08-29 09:00Mitchell Anderson
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A DeSmogBlog exclusive investigation into NASA's DSCOVR climate station

Somewhere in Maryland is a metal box containing a fully completed climate spacecraft called the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) that could save the world.

What happened? How could the US government possibly justify killing DSCOVR given the importance of climate change and after over 90% of the project expenses had already been incurred? What role did petty partisan politics play in this? Did the oil lobby have any influence on this decision?

Over the next few months I'm going to dig into the history of DSCOVR, the reasons why it was canceled, and why NASA refuses to release any internal documents on the decision to kill the mission.

Click here to donate to our research project and help find out who killed the DSCOVR project.

Tue, 2007-08-28 14:01Kevin Grandia
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NOAA vs. NASA hottest year in the US still officially 1998

No offense to NASA, but as far as maintaining the official US surface temperature records, it's the job of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

And according to the official NOAA records, the 10 hottest years begin with 1998, followed by 2006.

But according to recent histrionics from the climate change denial industry, 1998 is no longer the hottest year in the US, it's 1934.
Mon, 2007-08-27 20:19Kevin Grandia
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DeSmogBlog welcomes Mitchell Anderson to the investigative team

The DeSmogBlog team welcomes writer and researcher Mitchell Anderson to the team.

Over the next few months Mitchell will be writing an investigative series on the US administration's mothballing of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).

Mon, 2007-08-27 11:58Bill Miller
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Both Democrats and Republicans bend over for King Coal, but Bush administration bends further

The U.S. Interior Department last week proposed new regulations aimed at permanently legalizing high-altitude strip mining of coal, a ruthless process that has thus far ruined 1,200 miles of streams and hundreds of square miles of forests. Due to the financial might of the coal industry, neither Democratic nor Republican administrations have made a serious effort to curb this serial decapitation of Appalachian coal seams, but the Bush people have been especially resourceful in perpetuating it.

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