Does economists’ change of tune herald turning point on climate change?

The most interesting aspect of the 1,700 prominent signatories urging U.S. politicians to make immediate, deep reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions is that so many of them are economists.

Predictably, the statement by the Union of Concerned Scientists, issued on the eve of U.S. Senate debate on the Lieberman-Warner climate bill, affirms the long-standing scientific evidence for global warming.

But what was unusual, and surprising, was the prominent role of economists as measured by the statement that acting quickly to cut emissions “would be the most cost-effective way to limit climate change.”

Jessica Williamson on the Heartland Beat!

If you haven't watched Jessica Williamson and Zaproot, you really should take a second and check it out. They do a very high quality weekly environment news wrap up.

And you should really watch this week's episode, because it has a feature on yours truly and the Heartland Institute 500 story we broke the other week on DeSmog. As I mentioned to Zaproot producer Damien Somerset, there's really nothing quite like watching Jessica talk about you online!

Watch it:

NASA Slammed for Fudging Climate Science

A scathing report from NASA this week slammed their own PR department for systematically misleading the public on climate science.

The Inspector General of NASA penned the investigation in response to a complaint by fourteen US Senators, alleging that NASA was colluding with the White House to downplay the known dangers of climate change. Specifically, the Senators wanted NASAto conduct a full and thorough investigation into the suppression of science and censorship of scientists at [NASA].”


Your Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act Talking Points

Dan Weiss at the Center for American Progress has assembled a list of the “Top Ten Industry Arguments Against Action on Global Warming… and Why They  Are Wrong” for the upcoming debate on the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act.

These will no doubt come in handy in the comments section of the blogosphere over the coming weeks. 

The 'Carbon Belch Day' Conundrum

We have received a lot of emails asking our thoughts on the so-called “Carbon Belch Day” being pushed by a right-wing grassroots organizer named Steve Elliot and his website Grassfire.

Normally we try not to stray too far into the left vs. right side of the global warming argument, however in this case it is hard to ignore. To say Elliot is “right-wing” is an understatement - according to his bio, Elliot “has rallied citizens on a host of grassroots issues, including border security, tax reform, abortion, traditional marriage, supporting our troops, exposing media bias and defending the Pledge of Allegiance.”

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