Thu, 2007-05-31 11:15Kevin Grandia
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NASA Administrator the White House "denier-of-the-day"

In the same week that NASA scientists are reporting that we are at a dangerous and critical global warming tipping point, their top administrator will take to the airwaves tomorrow morning with a very different, if not diametrically opposite message.

According to a NPR press release out today, Michael Griffin, President Bush's appointment to the NASA administrator position, states:

…a trend of global warming exists, I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with.” H/T: Prometheus and Rabbet Run

Thu, 2007-05-31 08:49Darren Barefoot
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Help Us Launch Operation DeSmog USA

The more sharp-eyed among you may have noticed a new item in DeSmogBlog's sidebar. It's our big donation button!

There is no doubt that we have caught the attention of US think tanks and well-known climate change deniers like Steve “the Junkman” Milloy, the Heartland Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Senator James Inhofe.

But now we're ready to take our US operations to the next level. Our goals are to increase our research capabilities, hire a Washington insider and enhance our US political and media monitoring.

Thu, 2007-05-31 08:21Ross Gelbspan
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While models plod, nature sprints

It used to be that climate scientists worried about how to make the public care about changes that might not happen for a century. Today they have a bigger problem: some of the changes aren’t waiting around that long.

Stefan Rahmstorf, a climatologist at Potsdam University, points out that models tend to underestimate sea level rise, too. “As climatologists, we’re often under fire because of our pessimistic message, and we’re accused of overestimating the problem,” he says. “But I think the evidence points to the opposite—we may have been underestimating it.”

Thu, 2007-05-31 06:45Ross Gelbspan
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Rex, We Know About 3,000 Scientists You Might Ask

ExxonMobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson continued his company's history of questioning the causes of climate change. Talking to shareholders, Tillerson said: “We don't have a difference of views that it's an important issue. We have differences about what we know and what we don't know.”
Wed, 2007-05-30 10:29Ross Gelbspan
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Can't We Just Wait for Climate Hell Without Subsiziding It?

Even as Congressional leaders draft legislation to reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming, a powerful roster of Democrats and Republicans is pushing to subsidize coal as the king of alternative fuels.

Prodded by intense lobbying from the coal industry, lawmakers from coal states are proposing that taxpayers guarantee billions of dollars in construction loans for coal-to-liquid production plants, guarantee minimum prices for the new fuel, and guarantee big government purchases for the next 25 years.

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