A Dazzling Display of America's 'Can't Do' Spirit

The United States will tell a July meeting of the Group of Eight rich nations that it cannot meet big cuts in emissions of planet-warming gases by 2020, its chief climate negotiator Harlan Watson said. “It's frankly not do-able for us,” he said, referring to a goal for rich countries to curb greenhouse gases by 25-40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels.

An Inhofian Train Wreck

There's political rhetoric and then there's Inhofian rhetoric. And even for Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), this is completely over the top.

Or to put it more bluntly, there's a train-wreck and then there's an Inhofian train wreck and here it is caught on video:

Is General Motors Ditching the Hummer?

General Motors has announced the closing four truck and SUV plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, affecting 10,000 workers, as surging fuel prices hasten a dramatic shift to smaller vehicles.

On the Hummer, General Motors CEO, Rick Wagoner said GM is:

undertaking a strategic review of the Hummer brand, to determine its fit with GM's evolving product portfolio” in light of changing market conditions. [my emphasis]

Does economists’ change of tune herald turning point on climate change?

The most interesting aspect of the 1,700 prominent signatories urging U.S. politicians to make immediate, deep reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions is that so many of them are economists.

Predictably, the statement by the Union of Concerned Scientists, issued on the eve of U.S. Senate debate on the Lieberman-Warner climate bill, affirms the long-standing scientific evidence for global warming.

But what was unusual, and surprising, was the prominent role of economists as measured by the statement that acting quickly to cut emissions “would be the most cost-effective way to limit climate change.”

Jessica Williamson on the Heartland Beat!

If you haven't watched Jessica Williamson and Zaproot, you really should take a second and check it out. They do a very high quality weekly environment news wrap up.

And you should really watch this week's episode, because it has a feature on yours truly and the Heartland Institute 500 story we broke the other week on DeSmog. As I mentioned to Zaproot producer Damien Somerset, there's really nothing quite like watching Jessica talk about you online!

Watch it:

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