Over the past year we have seen a growing body of public opinion critiquing varied aspects of what is now termed ‘...
Criticism just keeps pouring in.
A United Nations report, native leaders, wildlife officials and the David Suzuki Foundation have all taken issue with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s maneuver last weekend blocking agreement on binding greenhouse emissions targets. Pressure is mounting for Harper to atone when negotiations on a successor to Kyoto convene next month in Bali.
Recently we've been writing a lot about the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina-based “think” tank.
The reason being that they offer an excellent case study on the world of climate science misinformation and public relations spin.
A case in point today, is a headline on the JLF's blog titled: “US Senate Committee Disagreeing with Alarmist Views After Reviewing New Evidence.” This would be an interesting revelation if it was true.
Roy Cordato, “Resident scholar” at the John Locke Foundation, asks the question: “What's really going on with Arctic and Antarctic sea ice?”
The answer for Cordato and the JLF can apparently be found at the Exxon-sweet Heartland Institute, who claims that the contracting of Arctic sea ice is due to localized wind patterns and “is unrelated to global warming.”
Impressive. Too bad it's only half the story.
Things are getting a little silly in Kansas after a recent decision by the state government to not allow a proposed expansion of a coal-fired electrical generation plant to go ahead.
First we had a “concerned citizens ” group pop up calling themselves “Kansans for Affordable Energy.” The KAE ran ads claiming that by not allowing the expanded coal facility it would somehow open the doors to foreign natural gas exporting countries like Venezuala, Iran and Russia. The ad featured photos of Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Vladamir Putin with caption “Why are these men smiling.”
Today Al Gore was welcomed in the Oval Office and recognized by George W Bush for his hard work and dedication on the issue of global warming.
Of course, the only way this could happen was for former vice-president Gore to win a Nobel Prize and George W Bush being forced by tradition.
I wonder if the irony of the whole situation dawned on Bush at any point in the meeting?
Stephen Harper seemed smug about his contribution at the Commonwealth conference in Uganda around the critical issue of climate change.
For the first time in a very long time Canada's voice is being heard. And the consequence of our voice being heard is we're getting the changes we want to see,” he said.
What he wanted, and what he got, was that the conference dissolved without a resolution that even mentioned binding carbon emissions targets.
More than four times the number of natural disasters are occurring now than did two decades ago, British charity Oxfam said in a study that largely blamed global warming.
“Oxfam… says that rising greenhouse gas emissions are the major cause of weather-related disasters and must be tackled,” the organization said, adding that the world's poorest people were being hit the hardest.
The world’s most populous nation and one of its biggest polluters has thrown down the gauntlet ahead of next month’s UN climate-change conference by saying richer countries like the U.S. have caused global warming and now it’s up to them to tackle it.
China is already neck-and-neck with the U.S. in carbon emissions, mainly due to heavy reliance on coal and its massive 1.3 billion population. But as far as China is concerned, success at Bali depends on nations like the U.S. and Canada.