Sun, 2007-06-17 13:02Bill Miller
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Carbon ranching pushes rainforest preservation in global-warming battle

Carbon ranching is a way to protect rainforests, which inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen to help cool the planet. At present, these woodlands are threatened by logging, mining, cattle production and, increasingly, sugar and palm oil plantations to fuel growing demand for ethanol. In fact, destruction of the world’s tropical forests now contributes more to global warming than China’s well-publicized industrial-pollution surge.

A pledge to help poorer nations reduce carbon emissions caused by slashing and burning their forests was in the final communiqué issued at the Group of 8 summit in Germany. The Bush administration has financed some tropical forest conservation projects in the past. Now, as Congress energetically debates new climate-change legislation, greater incentives for carbon ranching are advocated. As usual, the solution is simple economics.

Fri, 2007-06-15 12:09Bill Miller
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Global-warming is the ‘900-pound gorilla’ of policy decisions

Western U.S. governors laid to rest this week much remaining doubt about a human role in climate change; now they must find workable policies to avert global disaster 10 to 50 years in the future.

As one governor described it, “We are looking for the silver lining in a black cloud.” But even as they grappled over the scientific consensus, religious and political skeptics were scrambling to discredit it.

Fri, 2007-06-15 10:42Ross Gelbspan
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Bush Backstabs California's Cleaner Car Standards

In a move denounced by state officials and others as improper lobbying on behalf of the auto industry, transportation officials in the Bush administration are making a pro-auto industry pitch to members of Congress, urging them to oppose California's efforts to enforce tough emissions standards on vehicles.
Fri, 2007-06-15 10:25Kevin Grandia
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AccuWeather - the "unbias" source for all your skeptic news

I've been watching AccuWeather.com for a while now, and they have just unleashed a very strange new front for the global warming denier movement.

AccuWeather's very professionally done video blog section, “Headline Earth,” is touting itself as providing “an unbias look at the global warming debate.” And to prove how unbias they really are, they provide none other than Pat Michaels as their featured interview.

And who will they be airing on their next episode? None other than Dr. Fred Singer. 

Fri, 2007-06-15 09:56Ross Gelbspan
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One Way To Fight Global Warming Is To Trust the Sky!

There is a way to slash emission of greenhouse gases that's politically practical. It's called a “sky trust” and it's roughly analogous to the Alaska Permanent Fund, which since 1976 has sent every Alaska resident a dividend check each year with a share of the state's oil revenues.

The notion of a huge public trust begins with two simple ideas that have the potential to cut the Gordian knot on energy policy. The notion is the brainchild of Peter Barnes, author of Capitalism 3.0.

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