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James Inhofe: The Senator for Suspect Science

Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe got so beligerent with former Vice-President Al Gore at the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works last week that new Chair Barbara Boxer had to cut him off (check out the video at the end of this post).

That, presumably, is because Senator Inhofe is accustomed to a different quality of input in testimony before this committee. When he was chair, he preferred likeminded lobbyists (Joseph Bast, Heartland Institute, testimony here) and fiction writers (Michael Chrichton, testimony here) as witnesses to committee hearings.

Go, No Impact Man, Go!

I recently read the story of one man inspired to make a year-long journey into sustainability. He's writer Colin Beaven, but he goes by another name: No Impact Man. From a recent New York Times article about his project:

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Investors urge government to tackle climate change – for business' sake

A global coalition of investors managing $4-trillion US in assets has called on the U.S. Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the White House to approve stronger policies to control global warming, saying the competitiveness of U.S. businesses hinges on developing clean technology.

Take the swiftboating as a compliment

You know you're making a difference when your detractors begin to conspire against you.

Here's MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Al Gore and the misinformation smear campaign by the right-wing think tanks. Wait and see the smear go to a whole new level when Gore wins a Nobel Prize.

Gore says Quebec is Canada’s climate-change conscience

The former U.S. vice-president said the rest of Canada is “pretty good” but he singled out Quebec as the “conscience of Canada” on global-warming.

Gore and green-guru scientist David Suzuki chided the mass media for ignoring scientists’ warnings about climate change and giving too much space and credibility to skeptics and deniers.

James Inhofe: The Senator for Oil and Gas

James Inhofe, former chair of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works and the leading Republican climate change denier recieved more in donations from the oil and gas sector than any other Senator, in the 2002 election cycle. According to the latest available election financing data, in the last five years Inhofe has received just over $3.4 million in donations from 20 industry sectors - almost $1 million (29%) is from the Energy/Natural Resources Sector and their respective PACS.

Gore Pushes The Envelope With His Ten-Point Agenda

Al Gore presented a 10-point climate agenda to Congress, beginning with an Immediate carbon freeze to cap US emissions at current levels.

New study finds food supply already imperiled by climate change

World cereal crops have suffered losses of $5 billion US annually since 1981 due to global warming caused by human activity, says the first study to gauge how much world food production already has been affected by climate change.

Gore urges U.S. Congress to take speedy action on global warming

In his first return since 2001, when he was the defeated Democratic nominee still presiding over the Senate in his role as vice president, Gore told Congress they must slash carbon dioxide and other global warming gases 90 percent by 2050 to avert a crisis.

Former White House official doctored global-warming reports to undercut scientific findings

The official made 181 changes in three climate reports to emphasize uncertainties surrounding the science of climate change and undermine widespread conclusions that man-made emissions are warming earth. Shortly thereafter, the official, a former oil-industry lobbyist, left the White House to work at Exxon Mobil Corp.

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