Time Out(ed) On The Tar Sands

I consider Time to be one of the more forward-looking periodicals when it comes to the environment.

But the editors messed up in this week's edition. The June 2 Time carries a breathless feature about the potential petroleum bonanza in Canada's tar sands.

The article's authors are so giddy with the testosterone rush of big-ass earth-moving machines that they forgot what a multifaceted disaster this “bonanza” would be. The magazine quotes tar men in Alberta as they marvel at their own ability to move mountains … literally

Scientists Discover Vast Cracks in Arctic Ice

The BBC is reporting that there's new dramatic evidence of the break-up of the Arctic ice-cap emerging from research during an expedition by the Canadian military.

Watch the video of the fractures in the Arctic ice shelves here.

Family Feud at ExxonMobil

The descendants of John Rockefeller are trying to steer their great grandfather’s company away from the dinosaur mentality that has tarred the image of world’s largest corporation.

This week, a number of the Rockefeller clan will be supporting shareholder resolutions aimed at forcing Exxon Mobil take the issue of climate change much more seriously, study it’s effects on the developing world and explore alternative fuel sources.

New website: Zap a Climate Security Act Lobbyist!

Check out this great new site launched today by the Environmental Defense Fund aimed at getting the truth on the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act.

Best part is you get to zap a lobbyist when he spouts his talking points.

Is Exxon backing away from climate change deniers?

Love on the rocks ?

Exxon Mobil Corp. has cut funding to groups raising questions about climate change from human-generated carbon dioxide, a move taken on the eve of its annual meeting in the face of criticism that the oil giant isn't as green as some of its rivals.

Spokesman Gantt Walton confirmed Tuesday that in 2008, Exxon Mobil (XOM) scrapped funding for the Capital Research Center, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, the Frontiers of Freedom Institute, the George C. Marshall Institute and the Institute for Energy Research.

“We discontinued contributions to several public-policy research groups whose position on climate change could divert attention from the important discussion about how the world will secure the energy required for economic growth in an environmentally responsible manner,” Walton said.

 

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