Duke Energy Talking Out Both Sides of Its Mouth

Power generation giant Duke Energy can't talk the green talk, without walking the green walk on climate change.

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Business Week ran a story recently highlighting US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) members who appear to be playing both sides of the fence when it comes to the issue of global warming and greenhouse gas reduction.

The Clean Coal Scam and the Carbon Sequestration Myth

UK columnist George Monbiot penned a piece today on the UK government's clean coal “great green scam.”

The scam Monbiot is referring to revolves around the notion of the potential for coal-fired electrical generation plants to bury their produced carbon in the ground, so called carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Large scale CCS is expensive and unproven technology being used by coal enthusiasts to convince governments and the public that coal is not a worry when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions.

ECOworld: a website officially unconcerned about accuracy

We make no representation, explicit or otherwise, about the completeness, accuracy, or consistency of the data on our website, of the integrity of the services we provide, or of those with which we may interoperate. - ECOworld Disclaimer

Don't say you weren't warned.

The “environmental publishing company” ECOworld promises to keep “nature and technology in harmony,” but the content of the website and the clear bias of editor Ed (Redwood) Ring shows that Ed would be more forthright if he adopted a nickname that demonstrates more clearly his leanings, say Ed (We Need More Freeways) Ring.

Canada Pleads Technicality on Kyoto Non-Compliance

Like a criminal who beats the rap because police lost a piece of evidence, the Canadian government is trying to dodge responsibility for failing to meet its Kyoto commitments by clinging to a technicality.

Defending itself against Federal Court suit brought by Friends of the Earth, the Canadian government argued this week that Kyoto targets “are not legally binding as they have not been adopted as an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol by agreement of all Parties.” A rough translation might be:  George Bush isn't taking any of this seriously; why should we?

Texas Pollution Apologist Weighs in on Kansas Coal Fight

With the final decision on the future of coal-fired power in Kansas now resting on a veto by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, the industry-friendly think tankers are pulling out some pretty desperate rhetoric.

Case in point is this article penned by Kathleen Harnett White of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Harnett White claims that she courageously made the decision to approve the first new coal-fired plant in Texas in 20 years because she was convinced that, “…equipped with groundbreaking emission controls [the new plant], was a net environmental benefit for Texas.”

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