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.

Wed, 2007-05-30 03:54Darren Barefoot
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Join Our Facebook Group

As a zillion mainstream media articles will tell you, everybody's agog about Facebook. If you're not on it, you've probably been barraged with invitations from friends and colleagues who have made it the social network of the moment. 

As we like to do around here, we're hopping on the bandwagon. I've created a Facebook group called Friends of DeSmogBlog. You won't be able to see that link unless you're already drinking the Facebook Koolaid. Please join our group if you're so inclined–we're at 61 members and counting!

Tue, 2007-05-29 13:17Kevin Grandia
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Are you a global warming denier? Take the Heib Global Warming Test

A DeSmogBlog fan passed on to us a “Global Warming Test” making the email rounds today.

The site is run by Monte and Harrison Heib and the intro for the test states:

“Caution: This section contains sound science, not media hype, and may therefore contain material not suitable for young people trying to get a good grade in political correctness.”

Sound science?

We have learned here at the DeSmogBlog that any disclaimer containing the words “sound science” most likely means you're about to be spun faster than a weather vain. And the Heib Test proves, once again, that this is a “sound assumption.”

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