Some Clean Coal Facts and Fiction on CNBC

CNBC's Mark Haines asks: “How Realistic is Clean Coal,” and Haines does a great job off the top by pointing out that his guest, Steve Miller of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), is funded by the coal industry.

This type of disclosure is important, as it provides viewers with some valuable context when hearing what Mr. Miller has to say. As Miller states on the show, his organization ACCCE is funded by:

“The coal producers, railroads and other transporters, generators… we got them all, manufacturers as well.”

New Honda is powered by hydrogen, not fossil fuels

Honda Motor of Japan has launched the world’s first hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle intended for mass production.

Although it will make just 200 of its FCX Clarity vehicles over the next three years, Honda plans eventually to increase production, especially as hydrogen filling stations become more common.

And even the small initial run represents progress toward a clean-burning technology many have rejected as too exotic and too expensive to gain wide acceptance.

World Economic Forum Makes Climate Change Case to G8 Leaders

In a Report to G8 host and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, the corporate heavyweights of the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have set out an aggressive set of recommendations for addressing climate change.

The report, endorsed by CEOs from Alcoa, Royal Dutch Shell and 97 other mutli-nationals, begins with a broad statement of clarity:

While some uncertainties remain – applying a risk management perspective to the available information – we conclude that a reasonable approach is for all leaders of business and government to take action now.

Bush Panel Pins Nasty Weather on Climate Change

“Droughts, heavy downpours, excessive heat, and intense hurricanes are likely to become more commonplace as humans continue to increase the atmospheric concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases,” according to the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

The full report, generated and released in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration, is available here.

Canadian Carbon Taxes: A lesson in politics overwhelming policy

The current Canadian carbon tax debate is a chilling illustration of how easily political spin can overwhelm serious debate on a complex public policy issue.

Canadians in two jurisdictions are currently grappling with a carbon tax. In British Columbia, citizens are 10 days away from actually starting to pay a tax imposed by the provincial government - and nationally, Opposition Liberal Party leader Stephane Dion has just released a wide-ranging climate change policy proposal that includes a carbon tax.

The problem, in both instances, is that the facts of the tax - and the underlying policy consideration it was conceived to address - have been lost in a chorus of simplistic political rhetoric.

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