Tue, 2006-09-19 13:15Kevin Grandia
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White House Officials muzzle hurricane/climate change expert

In their continuing battle to obfuscate on the issue of climate change, a series of e-mails has been uncovered that shows White House officials successfully barring the public appearance of a NOAA hurricane expert who, along with most of the scientific community, believes that increased hurricane intensity is attributable to climate change. Here is a copy of the letter from Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) to Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez that describes the muzzling. And here is a copy of the e-mail that Rep. Waxman uses as evidence.

A big hat tip to ThinkProgress.org for revealing this. When will the US administration pull it's head out of the sand and start dealing with this issue? Until they do, no amount of this osrt of PR spin will make up for  their lack of credibility. The best PR always begins with doing the right thing.
Tue, 2006-09-19 11:25Kevin Grandia
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Consumer Report Mag debunks the "ethanol myth"

We have had some requests recently from DeSmog readers for more information on ethanol fuel and its effect on climate change, energy consumption etc. We stumbled across a great an in-depth analysis of the economic and environmental viability of ethanol fuel, or E85, in this month's edition of Consumer Reports magazine. The article debunks the myth that ethanol fuel will do much of anything to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and goes further to make the argument that E85 may be adding to overall emissions. The arguments they make are interesting and  relevant considering that much of the US government's self-proclaimed “action” on climate change has come in the form of ethanol fuel alternatives.
Tue, 2006-09-19 10:41Richard Littlemore
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Intelligent Naval Gazing from the Daily Kos

Interesting commentary on why America is so out of step on climate change.
Tue, 2006-09-19 08:03Richard Littlemore
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Denial Campaign Raging In UK, As Well

We'd been suffering under the apparent misapprehension that the UK media was relatively unburdened by a climate change denial campaign, but George Monbiot, in this Guardian column, suggests that the “debate” also rages fiercely in some of the UK's most prominent dailies.
Monbiot is also releasing a new book, including this nice explanation of the participation of tobacco peddlars, oil merchants and flexible “scientists” in creating confusion about scientific issues. Much of this material will be familiar to anyone who has read Ross Gelbspan's excellent books, or who has been reading the DeSmogBlog, but Monbiot is a clear thinker and a nice writer. His essay is definitely worth a look.
Mon, 2006-09-18 14:13Sarah Pullman
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The Great Warming... of the Christians?

Climate change is a hot subject in film these days, it seems.

Joining the ranks is The Great Warming, a Canadian production that was shown on the Discovery Channel and that has been garnering a lot of attention in the American conservative Christian world, of all places.

The film, narrated by Alanis Morrisette and Keanu Reeves, is being targeted particularly at the powerful Christian lobby in the US (and timed to coincide with the approaching mid-term elections) because “some commentators believe the involvement of this traditionally Republican-voting group could succeed where countless scientists and environmentalists have failed and convince conservative sceptics who dismiss global warming as “alarmist” to change tack,” according to this article in the Telegraph.


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