Thu, 2007-12-06 11:59Bill Miller
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Business mouthpiece casts wide net in latest bid to derail climate-change efforts

True to form, the Wall Street Journal has slammed former Vice President and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore and tried to discredit the science arguing the case for global warming. In so doing, the pro-business bastion appears to be as far out of step with the forces driving the U.S. economy as the Bush Administration is with the majority of the U.S. electorate.

The crux of the Journal’s argument is contained in a question: “What if everyone believes in global warmism only because everyone believes in global warmism?” Here’s a better question: What if they’re right?

Thu, 2007-12-06 10:09Ross Gelbspan
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US to world: "Get Lost"

The US delegation at a UN climate change summit said Thursday they would not commit to deep greenhouse gas emissions cuts at the key meeting in Indonesia, despite growing pressure.

Harlan Watson, head of the US delegation, said that neither a recent US Senate committee move to limit greenhouse gas emissions or the decision by Australia to ratify the Kyoto Protocol would influence their stance, adding: “We're not changing our position.”

Thu, 2007-12-06 08:41Ross Gelbspan
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Climate Refugees Make South Asia a Political Powderkeg

Global warming may heat up conflicts. The worst effects of climate change may destabilize regions that were already shaky.

The prime example: Bangladesh.

Thu, 2007-12-06 07:36Richard Littlemore
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Senate Advances Climate Change Bill

In a gesture that could never have prevailed under its former leadership (see James Inhofe or Marc Morano ), the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works has advanced the first bill calling for mandatory limits on greenhouse gases.

Nice to see the tide beginning to turn, despite the Administration's efforts to stand in the waves, holding hands with Canada and Japan trying to convince everyone that they have dry feet.

Wed, 2007-12-05 21:58Emily Murgatroyd
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You Might Die - But it Will Cost Too Much To Do Anything So Let's Not.

If you were told that you had a fatal disease and a Doctor told you how to get better, but then an economist came along and told you that the cost of treating you would be too high so it would be better not to do anything - would you sit there and wait to die?

It's that kind of inane logic that governs this quote from Cato Institute Senior fellow, Jerry Taylor who said, “scientists are in no position to intelligently guide public policy on climate change.” Scientists can lay out scenarios, but it is up to economists to weigh the costs and benefits and many of them say the costs of cutting emissions are higher than the benefits”.

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