12 Trillion Reasons to Get Off Oil

Want to save $12 trillion? Get off the oil economy. That was the blunt message from a recent report showing that the worst of climate change could be contained by investing 1% of global GDP into energy efficiency, green power and preventing deforestation by 2030.

The do-nothing alternative is somewhat less of a wise investment. Nicolas Stern, the former Chief Economist for the World Bank found that ignoring climate change would cost the world economy up to 20% of global GDP due to lost productivity, extreme weather and water shortages.

This latest report was conducted by the international consulting firm McKinsey & Company on behalf of a number of disparate groups concerned about climate change including Shell Oil, Honeywell and the World Wildlife Fund.

Anti-Gore Hate Mail Campaign Too Obvious to Be Believed

If you’re looking for  evidence of the gathering campaign to game the public conversation about climate change, check out this CNN post of Al Gore’s presentation to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Scroll to the bottom of the story and you will see that in less than two hours from the time of posting, the story attracted more than 150 comments, nearly all of them hysterical, bitchy, vitriolic sneers or classic denier talking points.

In a country that just elected President Barack Obama, this is not a representative sample - and I don’t believe for a minute that this is accidental. It would be interesting if CNN could check the IP addresses (or maybe, the IP ADDRESS) on these enthusiastic media consumers. I suspect that would prove this is a fix.

Monckton Ridiculed for His Clumsy/Inaccurate/Manipulative "Science"

In this deleriously funny send-up of the work of Chrisopher Walter (the Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley), writer Gareth Renowden (Hot Topic: Global Warming and the Future of New Zealand) renders a readable parable even while humiliating Monckton for his incompetence and/or his dishonesty.

Renowden has discovered an unsourceable graph in Monckton’s latest paper for the Exxon-sponsored Science and Public Policy Institute. Said graph (which Monckton incorrectly attributes to Curry and Clow 1977) appears to be an inventively modified version of a work published by Cuffey and Clow in the Journal of Geophysical Research in 1977.

St. Augustine Record: Idiots Are Us

“The people responsible for global warming change say temperatures will rise 10 degrees or more in the next 25 to 50 years.”

This piece of fiction, unsourced and untrue, is being presented to the defenceless readers of the St. Augustine (FL) Record as if it is actually worthy of attention.

True, the whacky misinformation is in a letter to the editor. But one assumes that editors are not entirely stupid and that part of their function is to select and present information that is accurate.

The Record clearly has another policy.

Conservatives Launch All-Out War on Obama's Green Policies

For all the florid talk of bipartisanship, Congress has precious little to show for its efforts. It has only been a little over a week since President Obama was inaugurated, and, despite promising to work hand in hand with the new administration and Democratic majorities, the GOP and its ideological allies are already back to their old obstructionist ways.

Case in point: the much ballyhooed $825 billion stimulus package – i.e. the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009 – that the president has made a top priority.

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