Sun, 2006-11-26 17:42Bill Miller
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Coal, coal everywhere

A recent New York Times editorial shows a black and smoky future for electrical generation in the US.

To quote: “TXU, a giant Texas energy company , that it intends to build 11 new coal-fired power plants in Texas, plus another dozen or so coal-fired monsters elsewhere in the country. All told, this would be the nation’s largest single coal-oriented construction campaign in years.”

Sat, 2006-11-25 19:40Richard Littlemore
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Climate Change Economics From a Real Economist

In an article entitled Mr. Corcoran, Meet Mr. Orwell, the Financial Post gives Simon Fraser University economist Mark Jaccard space to skewer its own editor, Terence Corcoran.

Jaccard makes all kinds of good sense arguing that a carbon tax would be the most effective way to begin to address the greenhouse gas problem. He also says that Corcoran's recent “diatribe (to the contrary) reminds me of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, with Mr. Corcoran as Minister of Truth - redefining concepts and rewriting history to accord with his opposition to reducing such greenhouse gas emissions as carbon dioxide.”

Fri, 2006-11-24 08:32Richard Littlemore
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A RealClimate Review of the Denying Duo

David Archer at attended a recent Heartland Institute luncheon and lecture featuring the denying duo, Dennis Avery (who is famous for his misleading claims about the health risks of organic foods) and S. Fred Singer (who is famous for his coincidental scientific endorsement of industries, from big tobacco to fossil fuel, who happen to be paying money directly to him or to his Science and Environmental Policy Project).

Archer's report, Avery and Singer: Unstoppable hot air, is a play on the title of Singer's latest book, Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1,500 years.
Thu, 2006-11-23 09:27Richard Littlemore
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What's our target for the rate of mugging little old ladies?

That cold, dark question appeared in the latest article by the New Yorker's incomparable Elizabeth Kolbert, one of the smartest, clearest and most engaging writers working the climate change beat today.

Kolbert was quoting Ken Caldeira, whose Caldeira Lab is part of the Carnegie Institution at Stanford University. And Caldeira was explaining why he thought our ultimate target for human-generated CO2 emissions is zero.

“If you're talking about mugging little old ladies, you don't say, 'What's our target for the rate of mugging little old ladies?'”

Thu, 2006-11-23 08:10Richard Littlemore
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No Signatures on Stealth Denial Website

Here' s a chilling little website, a totally anonymous exploration of “science” that asks, hopefully, “Are we doing things that speed up this (climate) cycle or perhaps is global warming slowing the onset of the next ice age?”

Absent any mention of a funding source or a single credentialed contributor, you have to take the site with a truckload of salt. But it looks relatively credible and assumes a moderate tone - a phony even-handedness - that seems intended to draw in the unwary.

So … be wary.


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