Wed, 2006-08-30 16:34Richard Littlemore
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Tim Ball: Wilful Disregard for the Truth

The events of the last few weeks have inspired us to go back to the podcast of Dr. Tim Ball's meeting with the Ottawa Citizen editorial board.

Dr. Ball began by complaining about ad hominem attacks on him and his fellow climate change deniers, even to the extent of suggesting that the very word “denial” was intended to invoke images of the Holocaust.

(For the record - for the DeSmogBlog - you can be “skeptical” of something that is seriously in debate…

Wed, 2006-08-30 12:15Jim Hoggan
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Schwarzenegger: the Debate on Climate Change is over

ABC's Bill Blakemore leaves no question where Cali. Governor Schwarzenegger stands on the science behind climate change:

“I say the [global warming] debate is over. We know the science,” California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared forcefully at a recent United Nations summit. “We see the threat, and we know the time for action is now.”


And if you don't believe Arnie, check out these factoids:
Wed, 2006-08-30 11:30Kevin Grandia
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Malaysia announces $25 million for solar technology

Good to see this large oil exporter investing big in renewable energy. An investment such as this not only recognizes the harmful effects of fossil fuel consumption, but according to this story it also makes economic sense. To quote:

“Ahmad Hadri Haris, project leader for the photovoltaic or solar energy sector in Malaysia said it was the fastest-growing energy source in the world with expansion of 25-30 percent over the last 15 years.”
And it seems many people around the world agree with Ahmad, see here, here and here for examples. 
Wed, 2006-08-30 09:58Richard Littlemore
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Energy Industry Tiresome on Climate Change

Here's a great little story with a funny Freudian slip. The first part of the story carries baleful complaints of an industry that says (rightly) that addressing climate change will take time. Canadian Electricity Association President, Hans Konow, is quoted saying, “It's not a 10-year game. It's a 25 to 50-year game.''

Of course, if his industry had not been stalling for the past 15 years, it would be a 10-year game ….

Which leads to the slip: A sentence later in the story reads,

Wed, 2006-08-30 08:23Kevin Grandia
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Look Out Prius! Here Comes Formula One

It is obviously early stage, but Gizmodo is reporting that some top Formula One builders are teaming up to create what would no doubt be the fastest hybrid car on the planet. I was saving up for a Prius, but I think I might hold out for this one! Thanks to our friends at Thinkprogress for bringing this story to our attention. 

This latest development is in response to a June, 2006 demand by Formula One boss Max Moseley that racing engineers quit spending their time and expertise pushing out a few extra RPM's, and instead turn to making Formula One greener and meaner.


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