Invite Your Favorite Skeptic On A Hike Through the High Grass

Twenty-foot pythons could soon be on the march–or on the slither–to new parts of North America, thanks to global warming. Climate modeling for the year 2100 which shows the possible climate range for pythons moving northward and swallowing up northernmost parts of Texas and Arkansas, the southeast half of Kansas, the southern half of Missouri and parts of southern Illinois and Indiana. Further east the big snakes could comfortably creep through Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware and southern New Jersey.

Republican Party Mary Matalin's Global Warming Conspiracy Theory

Just when you think, maybe, just maybe the Republican Party is beginning to pop its head out of the sand and recognize what scientists all over the world are saying about the realities of global warming, you get Republican “strategist” and former President Bush Assistant, Mary Matalin, saying this on CNN:

… global warming is a largely unscientific hoax. And it's a political concoction.”

HTBAF: Overshoot explained; audience entertained

We don't pay enough attention to our friends at How to Boil a Frog (HTBAF) , a project of the writer and director Jon Cooksey, whose weekly updates on the road to unnerving inquiry are informative, wide-ranging and often incredibly funny.

This week, Jon tackles the concept of “overshoot,” and while we don't recommend it for the humor-impaired trolls who sometimes lurk among our readers and critics, it should be fun (and provocative) for most everyone else. 

Friends of Science; Friends of the Conservative Party

CanWest Global has followed up on an earlier story about the climate quibblers at the so-called Friends of Science, reporting that an FOS consultant was working as “an unpaid spinner” for the Conservative Party during the 2006 federal election.

Unpaid, that is, by the Tories, but on retainer for the Friends of Science, which was in the midst of a widely touted - but not legally registered - effort to affect the outcome of that election.

Who Took The 'R' Out of USCAP?

When 10 of the largest U.S. corporations and four environmental groups joined forces last January to lobby for federal regulations to restrict greenhouse-gas emissions, it was seen as a watershed in corporate environmentalism.

The U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), comprising 27 companies from General Electric to General Motors, won praise from enviros by endorsing cuts—10% to 30% of heat-trapping emissions within 15 years and 60% to 80% by 2050 – to avert some of the severest consequences of global warming. Behind the scenes, however, several companies that belong to USCAP are simultaneously supporting efforts and organizations that oppose mandatory cuts in greenhouse gases or promote policies that would make the USCAP reductions nearly impossible to meet.


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