Tue, 2006-08-01 07:24Richard Littlemore
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CEI's Right Hand Has No Knowledge of its Left - Seriously ...

In response to reports that self-serving corporate donors funded Competitive Enterprise Institute's pro-CO2 television ads, CEI now claims that “we produced and were airing the ads without any involvement from our donors.”

Say what? Big-time corporate donors (including auto and energy industry majors) give CEI money. CEI uses the money to produce commercials that make oil refineries look pretty - but the hapless donors have no knowledge of, or investment in, CEI's output.

Mon, 2006-07-31 14:56Sarah Pullman
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Treehugger Ix-nays Carbon Sequestration

Treehugger has a good post today about carbon sequstration and why it's not all that it's cracked up to be. Drawing heavily on Tim Flannery's book, The Weather Makers, they argue that
All this talk of carbon sequestration can basically be seen as a delaying tactic, as a way to get government support and to keep the operation and construction of coal power plants more socially acceptable. It's the equivalent of saying: “Don't bother us, we're working on it!”
Furthermore, they suggest,
As a society civilization species, we must back the right horse and stop being misled by the coal industry's delaying tactics. There's a big opportunity cost in time and resources to going down the wrong path. Each new power plant big coal builds means decades of fat profit for it, but for the rest of us here on Earth, it's just bad, bad news.
Check it out and decide for yourself.
Mon, 2006-07-31 10:35Ross Gelbspan
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Bush Snubs Blair, Top Corporate Leaders, Wrestling with Climate Crisis

White House Plans to Skip High-Profile Talks on Climate

Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2006 One of the higher-profile meetings on climate change is set to bring together this week British Prime Minister Tony Blair, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and about 25 chief executive officers of major corporations around the world.

Mon, 2006-07-31 09:54Richard Littlemore
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National Post Columnist Joins Anti-Blog Crusade

If I may be permitted an aside that is about blogging in general, rather than climate change in particular:

It's not clear where exactly newspapers sit on the endangered species list, but as their circulation numbers dwindle and their influence wanes, it becomes more and more common for their footsoldiers to lash out at the forces that will ultimately replace them entirely.

There is an example today in the National Post, a publication in more imminent danger of extinction than most. Commentator Adam Radwanski condemns the blogworld as somehow more narrowminded than conventional journalism, and he declares: “A newspaper can be liberal or conservative in its editorial stance, but there simply aren't enough ideologues in any given city for it to be sustainable as a one-sided pamphlet.”

Mon, 2006-07-31 09:16Richard Littlemore
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TorSun Finally Discovers Crichton; and Both Are Still Wrong

A despairing reader of the Toronto Sun (is there any other kind?) brought our attention to a column by John Downing, who has stumbled upon Michael Crichton's pseudo-scientific novel State of Fear.

If you're looking for a serious scientific review of Crichton's fiction, follow this link and click on the attachment. For a slightly more light-hearted - but still very credible - view on Crichton's disinformation, check here and follow the link to realclimate.org.

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