Thu, 2006-11-02 06:23Ross Gelbspan
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Muzzlebusters Swing into Action at NASA, NOAA

The Inspectors General for the Commerce Department (of which NOAA is a division) and NASA have begun “coordinated, sweeping investigations of the Bush administration's censorship and suppression” of federal research into global warming, according to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) – who said, “Taxpayers do not fund scientific research so the Bush White House can alter it.”

Wed, 2006-11-01 12:38Kevin Grandia
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Jim and DeSmogBlog hit the news (and the skeptics)

Here is a Global TV newshour video clip of DeSmog founder, Jim Hoggan, explaining the PR movement sowing doubt on the realities of global warming.

Wed, 2006-11-01 11:58Sarah Pullman
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Sweetheart Chevron deal raises heat under Bush administration

The recent US Interior Department decision to drop claims against Chevron Corp. for unpaid natural gas revenues is a good illustration of how the rich get richer while exacerbating climate change. The department had ordered the company to pay $6 million in additional royalties for gas produced from federal property in the Gulf of Mexico, but could have sought tens-of-millions more had it prevailed.

The case involved Chevron’s accounting of natural gas sales to a company it partly owned. The decision likely sets a precedent for oil and gas companies to slash their royalty payments instead of having a portion of those revenues go to public health, environmental and citizen organizations for use in the battle against climate change. It also has renewed criticism the US government is reluctant to confront oil and gas companies and collect royalties – instead leaving more money in the hands of its cohorts in industry.
Wed, 2006-11-01 09:00Richard Littlemore
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Balance of Probability: CC Well Past the Legal Test

“University of Adelaide research has found governments and companies face a likely increase in law suits for their role in global warming and consequent damage to health and communities, and that these claims have a good chance of succeeding.”

The thrust of this piece ist that the likelihood that humans have cause climate change is greater than 50% plus one - which is the legal test in civil court.

In fact, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in its 2001 Summary for Policymakers (attached) that, “In the light of new evidence and taking into account the remaining uncertainties, most of the observed warming over the last 50 years is likely to have been due to the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations.”
Wed, 2006-11-01 08:29Richard Littlemore
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World's Leading Risk Analyst Bringing Climate Debate to U.S.

The world's leading risk analyst, the reinsurance giant Lloyd's of London, has once again raised the red flag over climate change, per this article in the Insurance Journal.
Trevor Maynard, Lloyd's manager of emerging risks, says flatly: “Climate change is a very real threat. It would be unthinkable for us to ignore one of the biggest dangers we face in the coming decades.”
In the constant (and often idiotic) debate over climate change, the single rationale that deniers have mounted to explain the alleged worldwide “scientific conspiracy” to frighten the public about global warming is that the greatest scientists or our time are scuffling for government research grants.


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