Where global leadership means stalling and heel-dragging

A spokeswoman for the White House Council on Environment Quality told BBC today that, “the US continues to lead the global effort on climate change.”

Apparently “lead the global effort” somehow means culling language from a draft G8 summit document that would see member nations getting tough on greenhouse gas emissions. The BBC has obtained a document outlining plans for the US to, yet again, water down tough global action on climate change.

Fox News "Junk Science" petition update

After last week's get tough on climate change announcement by News Corp's Rupert Murdoch, DeSmogBlog created a petition to throw the global warming “junk science” off Fox News.

So far about 240 people have signed the petition. It also got the attention of Fox News regular, Steve Milloy, one of the best examples of the junk science on Fox News. To quote Milloy's site:

Hey lookit! Steve's upset the smog blog: Sign DeSmog's petition to throw the Junk Science off Fox News (desmog) Gee, good thing they say they're not interested in, like, censoring anything which doesn't fit their misanthropic dogma :)”

We're Progressive Bloggers

Just a quick note to say that we're proud to have joined the ranks of Progressive Bloggers. From the PB wiki:

Progressive Bloggers is a group of Canadian bloggers who firmly believe that this great country needs to move forward, not backwards. Be they Liberal or liberal, New Democrats or democrats, Green voters or voters who want a green country, or even Red Tories searching for a home, these bloggers believe that Canadian politics should move in a progressive direction.

If you're so inclined, you can check out the massive PB blogroll on this page. We are indeed pleased to be included, from sea to shining sea.

Bringing Intelligence To Bear On Climate Change

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell believes it is “appropriate” for global climate change to be considered in a future National Intelligence Estimate, according to a letter he sent to Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Around the DeSmogosphere

Here's what some of DeSmog's friends and fellow bloggers had to say this week:

Adam@TerraBlog writes:

A grab bag of compact-fluorescent related items this week. First up, the “wife test”: it seems women are at least partly to blame for the dismal adoption rate of CFLs in the U.S., despite the fact that women are more likely than men to express a strong willingness to make behavioral changes to fight climate change…”

Eli@Rabett Run writes:

In 1997 a mass mailing appeared across the US sent by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, a one barn, no horse outfit that had specialized in curricula for home schoolers of the frum persuasion. The mailing included a letter from Fred Seitz, who signed as the former president of the National Academy of Sciences, neglecting to mention his extremely profitable experience as a front for the tobacco industry…”


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