Tue, 2007-09-25 09:12Ross Gelbspan
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Bush Administration Comes Unraveled Around the Climate Issue

Even as President Bush tries to sabotage California's proposed auto mileage standards, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the world needs a revolution in energy that transcends oil, gas and coal to prevent problems from climate change.

The Administration's position on climate change has become increasingly muddled – with the President telling large Asian emitters they will need only to cut their “energy intensity” 25 percent by 2050, even as John Marburger, the President's Science Adviser declared that climate change is “man made.” He made that statement around the same time a federal judge rebuked the Bush Administration for refusing to release the National Assessment on the impacts of climate change in the US.

Mon, 2007-09-24 20:38Bill McKibben
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Lomborg Cool On Polar Bears

Just as Bjorn Lomborg's new book, Cool It, was being finished, the IPCC published its economic data making clear that he had badly overestimated the costs and the difficulties of controlling global warming.

Their report convinced his old allies at The Economist magazine that the time had come to stop stalling and start making change, and that world would hardly notice the cost involved.

And earlier this month, just as his new book hit the bookstores, the U.S. Department of the Interior (that is to say the Bush administration, that is to say Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, formerly the governor of Idaho, that is to say not the Sierra Club) issued a report on the future for polar bears.

Mon, 2007-09-24 14:16Richard Littlemore
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Shoot the Messenger: Morano Ignores the Science; Attacks the Reporter

Hot air campaigner and Republican attack dog Marc Morano is once again using the Minority Page on the website of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and the Environment to bash media that don't provide his kind of “balance” in climate change reporting.

Morano's target this time is the Associated Press Science writer Seth Borenstein, who reported on Monday that most (reputable) scientists fear that rising sea levels will swamp important American historical sites during the current century.

Morano doesn't bother to address the science OR the credentials of the experts whose work Borenstein quotes. Rather, the man known as Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe's “pet weasel” flails at the AP reporter because Borenstein “only quotes six scientists in the article, of which only one can be labeled a climate skeptic.”
Mon, 2007-09-24 12:53Kevin Grandia
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Step it Up 2007

Who's a leader and who's just a politician. Check out Step it Up, 2007 and mark your calendars for Nov. 3rd.

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Mon, 2007-09-24 11:06Kevin Grandia
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Transport Secretary Caught in Lobbying Effort Against California Clean Air

When government officials bow to lobbyists it's business as usual, when government officials do the work of the lobbyist, it's borderline scandalous. Internal government documents released today show that lobbying in Washington has gotten much easier for auto manufacturers, with government officials doing it for them.

Email correspondence obtained by Rep. Henry Waxman, Chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee shows current Bush Administration appointees heading up a lobbying effort against California's application to implement their own motor vehicle standards.

According to Waxman, the effort was personally directed by the Bush-appointed Secretary of Transportation, Mary Peters, apparently approved by the Chief of Staff in the White House Council on Environmental Quality and coordinated by the auto industry.

Copies of the emails are attached at the bottom of this post.

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