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In a classic display of corporate cynicism, Toyota fights stronger emission standards in U.S.

As the U.S. Congress debates the first substantial fuel-economy boost in decades for automakers, Toyota has joined Detroit in the fight to sustain the practices that have imperiled the planet and driven American car manufacturers to the brink of bankruptcy.

Why would the industry leader in fuel-efficient cars take such a reckless path amid growing awareness of global warming? Because there’s a lot more money to be made if Toyota can slow innovation in Detroit and sustain gas-guzzling.

If only Bush would follow his own good example on global warming

The U.S. president, notorious for his long-standing opposition to fixed mandates to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, enacted legislation while governor of Texas that required energy companies to produce 5,000 megawatts of electricity from renewable sources by 2015. The legislation set penalties for those that failed to meet their requirements, and prodded them to invest in renewable energy.

UFO's Against GHG's

Wow, Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth sure has reach! Here's more photos.

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Bjorn Lomborg - the 'Polyanna of Global Warming'

Here's a review out this weekend in Canada's Globe and Mail on Bjorn Lomborg's new book, Cool it.

Choice quote:

I remember wondering, after I interviewed Lomborg, whether he was intellectually dishonest or just not very bright. Cool It has convinced me that it doesn't matter. Lomborg has now proved beyond a doubt that he is incapable of contributing anything of merit to scientific discourse.”

Canada’s CEOs urge 'aggressive' action on global warming

An organization of Canadian chief executives says climate change is the “most pressing and daunting” issue the world faces today and business must do its share to fight the problem. The cost will be great, they say, and government intervention will be needed.

Could DSCOVR be saved by NOAA?

Here is the latest bizarre twist in our investigative series on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).

To recap, NASA was given over $100 million in taxpayers money to build a spacecraft that would look at the energy budget of our planet from a unique perspective. Even though it is fully completed over five years ago, it is still sitting in a box at the Goddard Space Centre.

According to leading scientists in a recent paper in the esteemed journal Science, this spacecraft would dispel much existing uncertainty about the pace of climate change.

Bush: "We ain't going to solve global warming overnight!" (In fact, We Ain't Even Gonna Try)

President Bush assured the rest of the world today that he takes climate change seriously and vowed that the United States “will do its part” in crafting “a new international approach” to reduce the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. However, he proposed no new initiatives to do so.

Bush tries new spin on global warming, but retains bias for growth over emission controls

President Bush is trying hard to polish his image on global warming, but buried in his fancy talk about setting long-term goals for reducing emissions by mid- 2008, the U.S. president’s core message is still the same – don’t dare mess with economic growth.

Instead of binding limits on greenhouse-gas emissions, favored by the United Nations and many countries, he’s still pushing a voluntary approach on climate change and lobbying some of the world’s biggest polluters to rally behind him.

The Evangelical Global Warming Battleground

There's a great article out in the Wall Street Journal today about the split in the Evangelical movement over the issue of global warming, too bad they've put it behind a 'subscriber only' section.

For those that have an account, here's the link. For those that don't, here's the gist:

One side of the US evangelical movement believes that, ” Christians have a biblical mandate to be “good stewards of God's creation… so, Texas Baptists should demand that controversial plans to build a slew of coal-fired power plants be put on hold.”

While the other side believes, “God, [is] sovereign over his creation and no amount of coal-burning will alter by a millisecond his divine plan for the world. Fighting environmental damage is like chasing rabbits. It just distracts from core Christian duties to spread the faith and protect the unborn.”

Discuss amongst yourselves.

U.S. hosts climate-change conference and promptly digs in its heels

The meeting began just two days after a United Nations gathering aimed at finding agreement on binding limits on greenhouse-gas emissions, which the U.S. and Canada have opposed. While U.S. officials insist the latest conference was not designed to undercut UN efforts, opening remarks heralded a collision course between the Bush Administration and other world leaders seeking tough new standards to succeed the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012.

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