Mon, 2006-11-06 08:12Richard Littlemore
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Globe Comparison Humiliates Harper GHG Plan

And you thought this was humiliatiing?Globe and Mail energy reporter Shawn McCarthy begins a three-part series today on California's greenhouse gas policies - a batch of political initiatives that are helping to re-elect Governor Arnie Schwarzenegger in a season when most Republican politicians are pushing themselves onto the endangered species list.

Aside from positioning his economy to be a world leader in alternative energy technology, Arnie proves that being right-wing doesn't have to mean being in the pocket of the energy industry - a lesson that clearly escapes the Canadian Conservatives in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Calgary camp.
Mon, 2006-11-06 07:54Richard Littlemore
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Suzuki (the Car Company): Idiocy on Wheels

Suzuki XL7Although by no means the worst offender among the car companies, Suzuki deserves its share of ridicule for the way it promotes its big-car line. In a glossy flyer in the Globe and Mail today, Suzuki pitches its new SUV with a slogan that goes:

“X is for extra space to breathe, to think or to do as you please.”

Wouldn't it be nice if these guys had the tiniest sense of irony? X is clearly for extra pollution for other people to breathe, for thinking that your own appetites are justifiable (if necessary, for thinking that climate change is not your problem) and for doing as you please, regardless of the costs to others.

The new Suzuki, apparently, is for Hummerheads on a tight budget.
Sat, 2006-11-04 14:34Richard Littlemore
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The Four Stages of Climate Change Denial

This apparently came from treehugger, but we found it on heliosphan.
Sat, 2006-11-04 10:36Richard Littlemore
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NRSP Makes it on the Sourcewatch List

The Natural Resources Stewardship Project, has raised its profile at least enough to get noticed on Sourcewatch, the internet's best resource on the perversion by public discourse by public relations professionals.
Sat, 2006-11-04 10:21Richard Littlemore
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NRSP "Expert" a Half-Hearted Denier

One of the new “climate change experts” recently identified by the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (think: Not Really Science People) seems vaguely conflicted about his own climatic conclusions.

In this Short Primer on Climate Change and the Greenhouse Issue, Dr. Garth Paltridge, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tasmania, concludes that it would be worth spending money to address climate change on the following grounds:
  • To preserve the current environment for future generations;
  • As a precaution against “disastrous change of climate which might basically alter the structure and economic well-being of human society;”
  • To protect against “significant risks for the smaller and less economically diverse countries;”
  • To recognize that many of the recommended expenditures (improving efficiency, saving energy) have “no regrets.”

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