The Waxman Cometh

It has been a long time coming–and its arrival leaves me feeling almost like I'm witnessing the end of an era.

Yesterday Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight, published a long awaited report (PDF), 16 months in the making, that probably represents the most comprehensive investigation yet of how the Bush administration has interfered with and suppression the communication of information about the science of climate change.

And the conclusion is stark: “The Bush Administration has engaged in a systematic effort to manipulate climate change science and mislead policymakers and the public about the dangers of global warming.”

Bali: Leaked Canadian Documents Show Same Old Spin

A leaked Canadian document entitled Canadian Principles for a post-2012 Climate Change Agreement (attached) show that Canada is being anything but principled in its Bali negotiations.

On the contrary, the document shows the Canadian government still intent upon a decade-old accounting trick to balance its embarrassing emission performance by taking credit for the country's remaining tracts of forest land.

Canadian Environment Minister Baird Has a Case of the Bali Bumbles

It seems that Canada's Environment Minister John Baird is trying his best to live up to his critics' expectations at the United Nation's climate summit underway in Bali, Indonesia.

But it hasn't only been the Minister's unpalatable climate policies that are embarrassing his country on the world stage.

The Minister's bumbling and fumbling as a diplomat is also garnering a lot of chuckles.

It's like a blooper roll in real time.

Bali: Obama "Objection" Looks Like Defence of Status Quo

The statement released by presidential hopeful Barack Obama yesterday looks worryingly like a defence of the untenable and destructive Bush Administration position on global warming.

It looks like spin.

Automakers Respond Brilliantly to Incentives

Sometimes saving the world from global warming is as simple as removing a badly designed roof-rack …

That's just one of the innovations that automakers have tried in the last year in an effort to win rebates for efficiency or avoid penalties for excessive gas consumption. It's a perfect demonstration of how intelligently industry can react when given appropriate incentives.


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