Friends of Science; Friends of the Conservative Party

CanWest Global has followed up on an earlier story about the climate quibblers at the so-called Friends of Science, reporting that an FOS consultant was working as “an unpaid spinner” for the Conservative Party during the 2006 federal election.

Unpaid, that is, by the Tories, but on retainer for the Friends of Science, which was in the midst of a widely touted - but not legally registered - effort to affect the outcome of that election.

Who Took The 'R' Out of USCAP?

When 10 of the largest U.S. corporations and four environmental groups joined forces last January to lobby for federal regulations to restrict greenhouse-gas emissions, it was seen as a watershed in corporate environmentalism.

The U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), comprising 27 companies from General Electric to General Motors, won praise from enviros by endorsing cuts—10% to 30% of heat-trapping emissions within 15 years and 60% to 80% by 2050 – to avert some of the severest consequences of global warming. Behind the scenes, however, several companies that belong to USCAP are simultaneously supporting efforts and organizations that oppose mandatory cuts in greenhouse gases or promote policies that would make the USCAP reductions nearly impossible to meet.

'70s Scientists More Worried about Warming than Cooling

Thomas Peterson of the National Climatic Data Center has finally and convincingly dismissed the mythical '70s “consensus” that the planet was in imminent danger of cooling. In fact, his research shows that the overwhelming majority of scientific articles during that period were already predicting global warming.

The Lieberman-Warner Conundrum

Recently, a debate among environmental advocates over global warming strategy has spilled out into the public arena, apparently triggered by signals from Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca), chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, that she will try to move a bill to address global warming this year.

(For more details, see this recent story in the LA Times.)

The bill in question, the bipartisan Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, would ratchet down U.S. emissions by something on the order of 70 percent by the year 2050.

Big Coal Bribes Kansas Legislature To Approve New Coal Plants

From ThinkProgress:

Sunflower Electric, a leading Kansas power company, has offered millions to Kansas State University for energy research — that is, if the legislature approves its bid for new coal plants first. Speaker Melvin Neufeld (R) emphasized the large cash gift yesterday as he urged his colleagues to approve the plants:

Neufeld, R-Ingalls, noted the plant’s developers, Sunflower Electric Power Corp., have entered into a memorandum of understanding to pay $2.5 million to Kansas State University over 10 years for energy research if the plants get built.


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