Carbon Cutting from a Caveman

US President George W Bush's plan to halt a rise in US greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 could undermine, rather than support, efforts to combat climate change, German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said. “Gabriel criticises Bush's Neanderthal speech” was the title of a news release from the Environment Ministry on Thursday.

Did NASA Mislead the Media About the DSCOVR Climate Project?

New information provided by inside sources to DeSmogBlog raises questions about public statements from NASA when asked by the media about the cost of launching Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).

The date was January 24, 2008. Four NASA senior brass had just finished delivering a rambling one hour news briefing on their much-maligned Earth sciences program - noteworthy only in that there was no news. No new announcements. No new missions.

Seth Borenstein, the science reporter for Associated Press rose to ask the first question, specifically about why NASA had not launched DSCOVR.

Have You Checked Out DeSmog's Facebook Groups?

If you're a Facebooker (and who isn't these days!), check out the two groups the DeSmog team runs.

The first is called “Environment is my voting issue in Canada.” There's over 1,890 members in this very active group and we update regularly with environmental issues as they relate to politics in Canada. Join up, and please be kind enough to ask your Facebook Friends to join as well.

The second group we run is still pretty new, but very active as well. It's called “The Arctic Front,” which is part of the Alberta Oil Sands awareness project (we'll be ramping this up BIGtime soon) we are running in a special section on DeSmogBlog.

The more members, the better the conversation, so please join up today and add your voice!

Bush, Burning

Well, everyone is teeing off on Bush's latest global warming speech–and no wonder.

I mean, it's pretty staggering when you think about it: The campaigning George W. Bush in the year 2000 was more progressive on this increasingly pressing issue than the lame duck George W. Bush in 2008.

The major news from Bush's speech, policy-wise, is that he said we'll “stop the growth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2025”–or, just under two decades from now. But everybody who knows anything about this issue knows that would amount to running a completely unacceptable risk.

The Deniers: The World Renowned Scientists Who Don't Actually Deny Global Warming

Solomon's New Book Full of Hysteria, (Imagined) Persecution, and Fraud

National Post stringer Lawrence Solomon's book-length version of his newspaper series on purported climate change deniers is just as unconvincing - and misleading - as the original Post articles. But at least he admits his motivation for writing it: he's an anti-nuclear, anti-mega-hydro guy watching the environmental tide turn against him.


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