Fri, 2006-09-29 09:44Ross Gelbspan
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Bush: Nine States and 163 Nations Can't Be Right

White House Says No Change on US Carbon Strategy Planetark.org, Sept. 29, 2006

NEW YORK - The Bush administration has no plans to ease its opposition to national limits on greenhouse gas output despite talk that a change may be under consideration, a White House spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Fri, 2006-09-29 07:39Richard Littlemore
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Canadian Conservatives Ponder Huge Gas Pipeline Investment

The Conservative government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper can't find $50 milion to maintain spending on greenhouse gas reduction, but it's contemplating a gas-pipeline investment of $1 billion or more - an effective subsidy of ExxonMobile and its partners.

Never mind the eco-freaks: every libertarian think-tanker in the business should be spitting mad at the very notion of this level of government intervention in the most profitable business in the world.
Thu, 2006-09-28 15:27Sarah Pullman
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The Straight Scoop on Hybrid Concerns

Thanks to our friend Darren for passing along this informative article about seven main concerns about buying a hybrid vehicle.

I've listed the concerns below, but you'll need to click through to read the responses!
  1. Hybrids have complicated technology that is difficult or expensive to fix
  2. Hybrids have limited battery pack life
  3. Hybrids have technical problems like stalling and sputtering
  4. Hybrids do not pay for themselves to justify their premium cost
  5. Hybrids do not offer the driving performance needed
  6. Hybrids will not hold resale value
  7. Hybrids do not get the level of mileage promised
As it turns out, only three of the above concerns are deemed truly “legitimate” – most notably the fact that currently, a normal user can't really save enough on gas to justify the high price of a hybrid. (There are of course other, more altruistic, reasons to invest in a hybrid.)

If you've ever toyed with the idea of buying one, it's an article worth checking out.


Thu, 2006-09-28 10:17Kevin Grandia
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Inhofe's media bias claim innacurate, bordering outright falsehood

In his climate-change ain't happening State of the Union speech of Sept. 25th, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) makes the claim that climate change “skeptic” scientists do not get a fair share of media coverage.

Inhofe states:

“Scientists like MIT's Richard Lindzen, former Colarado State Climatologist Roger Pielke, the University of Alabama's Roy Spencer, and John Christy, Virginia State Climatologist Patrick Michaels, Colorado State University's William Grey, atmospehric physicist Fred Singer, Willie Soon, Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor [and] astrophysicist Sallie Baliuna, just to name a few. But you never hear of them.The media never talks about these well-established scientists.”

Thu, 2006-09-28 09:30Kevin Grandia
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CNN: Inhofe is "all alone on Capital Hill"

CNN hits back at Sen. James Inhofe's speech earlier this week in which he challenged the media by claiming that, “During the past year, the American people have been served up an unprecedented parade of environmental alarmism by the media and entertainment industry.”

Among CNN's best retorts to Inhofe's claims is this one: “Inhofe is all alone on Capital Hill these days, most Republicans believe that the scientific jury is in [on global warming].” Inhofe's Republican colleague, Rep. Christopher Shays states in the CNN rebuff that, “we have seen too much documentation to know that the world is getting warmer, we know that the ice shelves are melting and for him [Inhofe] to say otherwise just is like putting a bag over his head and not seeing it.”

Think Progress has the CNN clip.

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