Thu, 2006-10-26 12:06Bill Miller
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Study says Oil-sands firms could eliminate greenhouse gases for a mere pittance

Oil-sands companies could tackle climate change head-on by eliminating greenhouse-gas pollution, says a Pembina Institute report.

Released just days after the Conservative government announced a disappointing plan to restrict smog levels by 2010 and cut greenhouse gases in half by 2050, the Pembina study said companies already spend US$1.75 a barrel to remove lead from gasoline.

For just US $2.50 a barrel, according to the study, they could eliminate 100 per cent of greenhouse-gas pollution from tar sands, which are projected to contribute up to 47 per cent of the growth in Canada’s total emissions between 2003 and 2010 – making them the single-largest contributor to growth in greenhouse-gas pollution.

Failure to take action could render the oil-sands industry the main culprit in undermining Canada’s international climate-change obligations.
Thu, 2006-10-26 10:39Richard Littlemore
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Climate Change: It's Just Too Difficult, Darling ...

Enviro Minister AmbroseGlobe and Mail columnist Peggy Wente, so recently converted to the cause of climate change, weighs in again today to say that she “almost” feels sorry for Canadian Environment Minister Rona Ambrose.

While acknowledging that Ambrose's proposed Clean Air Act is a joke that won't begin to address climate change within a realistic time frame, Wente goes on to say that nothing Canada does will solve the problem worldwide.
Thu, 2006-10-26 08:28Ross Gelbspan
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Bush Taps Former Exxon CEO to Chart U.S. Energy Future

The Bush administration has appointed former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond and the National Petroleum Council to chart America's energy future. Raymond, chair of the NPC, is to provide the administration with policy recommendations for the long-term direction of the nation's energy policy. Raymond was granted the power to handpick the study's leadership.
Wed, 2006-10-25 17:56Richard Littlemore
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Oh, Thank Goodness, It's Snowing

Check out Michael R. Fox Ph.D., in the Hawaii Reporter. Fox, who is so widely informed that he must have (and this is just a guess) internet access, suggests that we can all stop worrying about climate change because there was an early snowfall in the Northeast.

He then proceeds through a whole series of “profound scientific breakthrough(s)” that should give us all comfort if we had been worried about the future of the world. No hurricanes; no global warming. A surge of cool seawater; no global warming. Methane leaking out of Russian peat bogs: global warming, but it's not my fault.
Wed, 2006-10-25 15:59Richard Littlemore
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NRSP's Tom Harris Sucker Punches a Rookie

Brooke Hogemann is a delightful young woman. Two years out of journalism school at Mount Royal College in Calgary, she has her first newspaper job at the Airdrie Echo, a little weekly in a bedroom community in the Alberta foothills.

In a conversation with a big-city interrogator (that would be me) she says that she's the environment reporter, but she adds quickly that she covers lots of things. It's the way of the world in small-town papers.

What she doesn't say - what she doesn't have to say if you read her story from yesterday - is that she wasn't ready for the sandbagging that she got from Tom Harris, Executive Director of the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (see, NRSP: Not Real Science People).

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