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Supreme Court to Bush: "Oh Yes You Can!"

The Supreme Court has ordered the federal government to take a fresh look at regulating carbon dioxide emissions from cars, a rebuke to Bush administration policy on global warming.

In a 5-4 decision, the court said the Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from cars.

Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley, states: “Despite acknowledging that global warming poses serious dangers to our environment and health, the Bush Administration has done little or nothing to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. As a result of today’s landmark ruling, EPA can no longer hide behind the fiction that it lacks any regulatory authority to address the problem of global warming.”

Gore says global-warming evidence as solid as gravity

The former U.S. vice-president told a Swedish audience: “If the crib is on fire, you don’t speculate that the baby is flame retardant.” He was joined by EU Commissioner Margot Wallstrom, who said it’s important people understand there’s more to climate change than a few degrees difference in temperature.

Running out of oil could worsen climate change, author says

While many think declining oil production would be good for the climate, a new book suggests a chilling scenario of environmental and economic catastrophe. Oil is the biggest single source of greenhouse gases, it argues, but coal and gas are bigger still, and the inevitable growth in their emissions would overwhelm any reduction from oil.

Oil, oil everywhere: the facts on US oil consumption

Since we've started reporting more heavily on the solutions side of the global warming issue, DSBlog readers have been asking lately for more information on North American oil consumption. When people say the US is addicted to oil, they aren't kidding, here's some oil consumption facts from the US Energy Information Administration:

US Petroleum Consumption per day: over 20 million barrels per day (one barrel = 42 gallons)

US Motor gasoline consumption per day: over 9 million barrels per day (384 million gallons)

Share of US oil consumption for transportation: 69%

Check more facts here.

U.S. Senators eye spies for new phase in climate-change battle

Senators of both political parties have introduced legislation pushing for U.S. intelligence agencies to assess the danger to the nation's security posed by global warming.

Science Committee Slams Industry-funded climate science attack

Ah, a breath of fresh air on Capitol Hill today. Was it the spring air? Nope, it was a Congressional Subcommittee hearing today questioning industry efforts within science agencies, like NASA, NOAA and the EPA, to control federal scientists and confuse the public around the science of global warming.

Check here for the RealPlayer webcast and hit read more for some quotes DSBlog has pulled from the proceedings, as well as some research on one particular Republican Senator's outrageous “scientific sources” on global warming.

US admin. interference with climate science exposed in whistleblower report

The watchdog Government Accountability Project has released a 138-page report (pdf.) on the White House-orchestrated plot to suppress climate-change research that deviated from Bush administration policy.

Here's a realplayer webcast of the House Science Committee hearing where the report was release today.

Large coastal cities in perilous path of climate-change juggernaut

A new study says the 643-million, or one-tenth of the world’s population, who live in low-lying coastal areas are at greater risk from rising sea levels and more intense storms due to global warming. The 10 countries with the largest number of people living in this vulnerable zone are China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Egypt, the United States, Thailand and the Philippines.

Hot off the Press: new report on White House war on climate science released

This just landed on DSBlog's desk, the 138-page report (pdf.) titled Redacting the Science of Climate Change: an investigative and synthesis report released today by the Government Accountability Project. In-depth coverage by DSBlog to follow.

Curmudgeon Inhofe throws himself in path of upcoming Live Earth concert

One of the most exciting outcomes of the mid-term election thrashing of the Republicans was that we'd no longer have to listen to the outrageous ranting of Senator Jim “global warming is a hoax” Inhofe as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Unfortunate for us, Inhofe is still getting quite a bit of ink as the minority chair of the EPW.

Unfortunately for Inhofe, he is having to take more and more desperate actions to get his global warming denier message out to the public.

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