Mon, 2006-10-02 09:31Richard Littlemore
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A Strained Day in the Climate Changing News

Here's a wierd cross-section of climate change coverage that shows how much of the global warming conversation occurs at arm's length from reality.

Here is a story from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about how Republican Rep. Dave Reichert received the endorsement of Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP), an organization dedicated to helping GOP candidates who support conservation and environmental protection - despite the fact that Reichert dismisses the human link in climate change. Justifying the endorsement, the REP policy director Jim DiPeso says, “It's an educational process.” Or not.
Mon, 2006-10-02 09:14Ross Gelbspan
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Reams of Research, Ignored by The American Daily, Contradict Lindzen's Denial

“To understand the whole global warming debate you have to understand that it is not about any dramatic warming of the Earth. The Earth has been warming since the end of the last Ice Age with time out for some mini-Ice Age episodes,” according to professional skeptic Richard Lindzen, whose assertions formed the basis of a recent piece in The American Daily.

The assertion is contradicted by more than a few facts: 

Mon, 2006-10-02 09:08Richard Littlemore
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Canadian Government Enjoys Politics of Perversity

This Ottawa Citizen piece shows that 63 per cent of Canadians don't believe that the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is taking the issue of climate change seriously enough.

But John Wright, senior vice-president at polling firm Ipsos Reid, says the Tories may use this pessimism to their advantage. “If they are focused, and can get some positive spin on a made-in-Canada solution, they may exceed expectations and get some political mileage.”
Mon, 2006-10-02 08:18Richard Littlemore
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Lomborg's Misdirection Defined and Dismissed

This analysis in the Scottish Sunday Herald gets nicely to the point of why the mischievously misdirecting Bjorn Lomborg is damaging the global conversation about climate change.

“Lomborg says Kyoto is a misallocation of resources which should have gone to the Third World. But America’s boycott of Kyoto in 1998 didn’t lead to more resources for the wretched of the earth.

There have been no petrodollars flooding into sub-Saharan Africa. The US still allocates the lowest percentage of GDP to development of any industrialised country. All Lomborg’s arguments do is delay any action about climate change, which is why he is so popular with American corporate interests.”

Mon, 2006-10-02 08:04Ross Gelbspan
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Skeptic Bill Gray Embarrasses Himself Again

The words “global warming” provoke a sharp retort from Colorado State University meteorology professor emeritus William Gray: “It's a big scam.” And the name of climate researcher Kevin Trenberth elicits a sputtered “opportunist.”

(Grey repeated his assertion despite the publication of a meticulous refutation of his claims by a group of leading climate scientists.) 

At the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where Trenberth works, Gray's name prompts dismay. “Bill Gray is completely unreasonable,” Trenberth says. “He has a mind block on this.”


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