Sun, 2006-09-17 07:38Kevin Grandia
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More bad press for Viriginia's State Skeptic Michaels

Pat MichaelsToday's Washington Post  takes an in-depth look at notorious climate change skeptic Pat Michaels and the recent controversy arising from an electric utitlity industry association memo pointing him out as a scientist willing to sow public doubt for the right price (which is apparently around $100,000 according to the memo). Here's a few highlights:

Sat, 2006-09-16 12:04Richard Littlemore
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National Conference of Editorial Writers: Split Decision

The notion that climate change is still debatable is alive and well among the continent's editorial writers.
The scientific community has long since arrived at the conclusion that:
  • greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels are causing global warming; and
  • this is an issue of urgent concern.
And a purely anecdotal majority of Editorial Page editors and writers attending the 60th annual convention of the National Conference of Editorial Writers (NCEW) in Pittsburgh on the weekend apeared to accept that position.
Fri, 2006-09-15 20:04Richard Littlemore
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Climate Science Debater to Have His Day in Court

Per this Globe and Mail story,Tim Ball has filed suit against the Calgary Herald and University of Lethbridge Professor Dan Johnson.
As a sign of respect for the court process and the individuals involved, the DeSmogBlog plans no comment on this story until a Statement of Defence is filed.
Fri, 2006-09-15 19:54Richard Littlemore
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Climate Science to Have its Day in Court

A blue ribbon group of U.S. climate scientists have filed an action with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has “mischaracterized” the evidence of climate change and is thereby avoiding its responsibility to pass appropriate regulation.
You can read the whole brief, attached (which we highly recommend), but the following will give you a sense of where the case is going:

“As practicing scientists who study the earth’s climate
system, we and many in our profession have long
understood that continued human-caused emission of
Fri, 2006-09-15 11:44Richard Littlemore
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Conservative CO2 Policy: Better than Lip-Service?

It's hard to credibly criticize the bankrupt climate change policy of the Canadian Conservative administration when people insist on drawing comparisons to the Tories' Liberal predecessors.
As the National Post points out today, the bleakness of the Liberal record belies completely the passion of the Liberal rhetoric. It was only after Prime Minister Chretien had deflected and delayed action for almost a decade - only when he began to think of his political legacy - that he suddenly caught the Kyoto spirit. In the meantime, Canada's greenhouse gas emissions had risen unforgivably and Canada's credibility on the world stage was in relative tatters*.

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