George W Bush's Global Warming Policy History

Reuters has just released a timeline of Bush's evolving policy on climate change.

Did you know that Bush did not mention global warming, the greatest environmental threat to our planet ever, in a State of the Union address until January, 2007.

Guess it stands to reason, considering he didn't actually recognize that “an increase in greenhouse gases caused by humans is contributing to the problem,” until July 2005.

NASA reports record Greenland melting

NASA released new data today showing that the high altitude regions of Greenland are melting at 150% faster than the 20 year average. The amount of snow that has melted this year over Greenland could cover the surface size of the U.S. more than twice.

The ice sheet covering Greenland is a mass so big it would raise sea levels by 20 feet if it vanished.

"ZERO Oil Money" Behind Singer/Avery Denier Text: Funding Came From Natural Gas

The climate change denial book of the year, Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years, has attracted a fair amount of abuse (see this great layman's review in the Daily Harold; or this scientific parsing from RealClimate.Org), but one of the authors' sons has posted a legitimate objection to the DeSmogBlog's early response that the book was the work of paid oil industry apologists.

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Cutting to the Chase on Capitol Hill Climate Change Plans

The good news is that there's all sorts of proposed action on climate change bouncing around Capitol Hill right now. The bad news is that there's all sorts of proposed action on climate change bouncing around Capital Hill right now, making things more than a tad confusing.

So whose plan is the most aggressive and whose plan is nothing more than hot air?

Check this amazingly simple chart produced by the fine folks at the World Resource Institute, for a comparison of the various climate change bills and their effect on carbon emissions out to the year 2050.

The winner on overall reductions according to this chart would be the bill being proposed jointly by Sanders-Boxer and Waxman. And the biggest loser is the bill being proposed by Bingaman and Specter.

Most people now believe man is causing global warming

A new survey has found growing global awareness of man’s role in climate change, together with a sense of urgency around curbing greenhouse-gas emissions. The challenge now is to get world leaders to take the necessary action.


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