Tue, 2007-06-26 12:19Ross Gelbspan
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Ontario to Go Coal-Free in Seven Years

The Ontario government set its climate targets Monday, promising to close the province's coal plants and reduce emissions to below 1990 levels. Premier McGuinty said to reach the proposed targets, Ontario's coal plants will shut down by 2014.

The premier estimated the closure of the plants will help to achieve 50 per cent of Ontario's proposed levels. The remaining 50 per cent will come from transit initiatives, improved energy efficiency and technology that helps fight climate change. The premier boasted the province is building hundreds of wind turbines to the replace the plants and a massive new clean energy tunnel project in Niagara Falls.

Tue, 2007-06-26 11:59Kevin Grandia
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Republican Pres. Candidate Tancredo ignores climate science at political peril

By the looks of things Republican Presidential candidate Tom Tancredo doesn't have a hope in heck of winning the 2008 nomination, and he's not helping himself much by making incorrect claims about the state of global warming science.

Watch it here:

Tue, 2007-06-26 10:18Kevin Grandia
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Sacbee in the Hot House

Here's a fairly new and very needed blog called the Hot House started up by Stuart Leavenworth at the Sacramento Bee.

Stuart will be covering the ins and outs of California's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. I hope that Leavenworth will be keeping an especially close eye on the lawsuit by the auto industry against the state of California that has effectively delayed action on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions for the better part of 5 years now.

For those readers not familiar with the case. Here's a basic rundown.

Tue, 2007-06-26 08:49Darren Barefoot
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What's a widget? In a nutshell, it's a little program that sits on your Apple OS X or Windows Vista desktop and does something neat. There are widgets and gadgets for nearly everything, and now there's one for DeSmogBlog lovers.

Our widget displays current DeSmogBlog news. Plus, it's got a counter that shows the planet's estimated accumulated carbon footprint since January 1, 2007.

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Mon, 2007-06-25 13:31Bill Miller
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Rich nations blamed for global warming, but not for all the right reasons

As forecast, China has overtaken the U.S. in carbon-dioxide emissions due largely to China’s heavy reliance on coal. Another factor is its well-publicized population of 1.3 billion. But per-capita emissions are much higher in developed countries, where populations are exploding due to immigration. The U.S. already releases four times the carbon per-capita each year as China. And the U.S. population, which has been doubling every 40 years, is headed for one billion by the end of this century!

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