Wed, 2006-08-23 07:31Jim Hoggan
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Climate Change Denial Explained ...

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

Among the ideologues in the climate change denial camp, this quote has several strikes against it. First, it was penned by the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Upton Sinclair, a socialist firebrand whose early investigative journalism led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drugs Act and the Meat Inspection Act, both in 1906.

A journalist, a socialist, an advocate for regulating the free market; actually, that's three strikes right there.

Worse still, the quote warranted a two-page spread in Al Gore's book, An Inconvenient Truth, a fact that is guaranteed to rile those defending America's right to be wrong on climate change.

Tue, 2006-08-22 16:28Richard Littlemore
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Double Dipping Pat Michaels Told to Choose Sides

Bravo to the Ranoake Times for this editorial on the “Virginia State Climatologist” Pat Michaels.

It has recently come to public attention that Michaels' title is somewhat ceremonial and dates back to 1980. The Ranoake Times points out that Michaels seems to have two paymasters: the University of Virginia (which holds the paperwork on his state appointment) and the energy industry financiers that pay him consulting fees as he wanders about the country quibbling about climate change.

Tue, 2006-08-22 16:25Richard Littlemore
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The Global Cooling Myth

This link popped up in an earlier comment, but I think it's worth highlighting. The the-used-to-talk-cooling-and-now-they-talk-warming refrain is becoming more common. Till now, I thought it reflected an evolution in scientific thinking. Clearly, though, it's just another bogus pseudo-science claim intended to muddy the climate change waters.
Tue, 2006-08-22 14:30Kevin Grandia
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Public Opinion Pushes Action on Climate Change, Usually

Jack Sparrow's compassWhy is it that California is able to take such a strong lead on  climate change, while the U.S. federal administration stands around questioning the science and refusing to undertake any real action on the issue?

It's tempting to blame the polls. While there are many altruistic and economic reasons Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California legislators are taking such a strong stance on climate change, it would be naïve to overlook the importance of public opinion polls showing that Californians are concerned and want action.
Tue, 2006-08-22 13:52Kevin Grandia
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BP: climate action or damage control?

BP announced today a new program that will allow drivers to maintain carbon-neutral without changing their driving habits or make of car. The program, called “Target Neutral” is a web-initiative that allows drivers to cancel out their carbon emissions by funding renewable energy and green technology ventures out of their own pockets. While emission trading is nothing new, it is always encouraging to see industry leading the way.

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