Mon, 2006-07-24 16:26Kevin Grandia
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Oreskes hits back hard

Science History Professor Naomi Oreskes has written a blistering piece inCan we add weasel? the LA Times today. Her motivation is the barrage of criticism she has been taking lately from an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal as well the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Normally, we would advise against scientists  responding to this public misinformation because it only adds to the appearance of a debate, which is exactly what the skeptics aim to do. However, Oreskes piece is very well written and clearly reinforces the message that the debate on climate change has been over for a long time.
Mon, 2006-07-24 14:57Kevin Grandia
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Lindzen wipes hands clean of oil and gas

The Journal News out of Westchester recently did a story on Dr. RichardRichard Lindzen Lindzen who they claim “…hasn't conducted any research for oil or coal companies.”

I guess it may be technically correct that Lindzen has never conducted “research” for oil and coal interests, but that of course would depend on how you define “research.”

Here is what we do know about Lindzen's connections to the fossil fuel industry over the years:
Mon, 2006-07-24 12:07Ross Gelbspan
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Energy-Funded Pol Launches Yet Another Congressional Mannhunt

Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Republican congressman from Kentucky (and a darling of the coal, gas, oil, auto and railroad industries), will be holding yet another set of hearings on the famous “hockey stick” climate reconstruction graph by Drs. Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley and Malcolm Hughes.  Mann indicated he will testify – even though his graph has become a lightning rod for climate-change deniers.

(They deniers seem oblivious to the fact that Mann's work has been thoroughly peer-reviewed and approved by a number of studies, most recently by the US  National Research Council.  They also seem not to understand that even if Mann's work were proved to be fatally flawed, it is only the latest of many scientifically approved studies that prove we humans, by our burning of coal and oil, are trashing the planet.)

Mon, 2006-07-24 10:36Richard Littlemore
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Looking on the Brighter Side, Perversely

Here's an Akron Beacon Journal, story on the implications of climate change for the Great Lakes. The bad news: Lake Erie is expected to shrink by one-sixth over the course of the next 64 years. The good news: what's left will be a “natural” coastline, unblemished by human obstructions.

This, unfortunately, is an example of why U.S. and Canadian industry get so crazy about the Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada, two of the agencies that participated in this lake-water review. 

Mon, 2006-07-24 10:20Richard Littlemore
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European Weather, Just as a Matter of Interest

UK hottest since 1911This wraps the (record hot)  European weather over the weekend.

But climate change skeptics can still be delighted that the hockey stick can't be verified.

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