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AEI Looking for "Middle Ground" in Climate Debate

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI ) is once again offering $10,000 payments to scientists who will comment on climate change - this time in the search for policy options that will open up a “middle ground” in the debate over climate change policy.

This fascinating-if-true development is reported here on the Science and Politics of Global Climate Change Blog.

Only 13 per cent of Republicans believe humans cause global warming in new poll

Despite last week’s UN report attributing some 90 per cent of global warming to human activity, the latest “Congressional Insiders Poll” of 113 members of Congress has found a sharp decline in the percentage of Republicans who believe it.

Is Big Gas Bashing Big Coal?

It's a shame that this National Review Online site doesn't provide some solid evidence for its charge that a Big Gas astroturf group is attacking big coal projects in Texas.

But the Clean Sky Coalition looks well-funded and is mounting a compelling campaign against the use of coal for electricity generators.

Global warming of last 50 years “unusual” in at least the previous 1300 years

The IPCC Summary for Policymakers says the last time Polar Regions were significantly warmer for an extended period was about 125,000 years ago, when reductions in polar ice volume led to a sea-level rise of four to six metres.

CEI argues IPCC science without any scientists

The Competitive Enterprise Institute, who not even the likes of ExxonMobil want to be associated with anymore, has issued a media advisory today offering up their in-house staff as global warming “experts” available for comment on the upcoming release by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

With the IPCC report coming from scientists, you would think the CEI would be offering up scientists as global warming “experts.

Think again.

Here's some background information on each of their so-called “experts.”

Bush Pressure on Scientists Far Wider Than Previously Thought

A survey results of federal scientists showed 46 percent felt pressure to eliminate the words “climate change,” “global warming” or similar terms from communications about their work. The scientists also reported 435 instances of political interference in their work over the past five years.

Kennedy slams Exxon's greenwash

Robert F. Kennedy has a great piece on uber-blog Huffington Post today on Exxon's new greenwashing campaign.

To quote: “In a quarter-page advertorial in Thursday's New York Times, ExxonMobil launched a new greenwashing campaign to salvage its earned reputation as Earth's number one global warming villain.”

Is Bush Serious or Coy About Climate Change?

It was just a couple of dozen words out of more than 5,000, uttered so fast that many in the audience missed them at first. But President Bush's commitment to fight global warming in his State of the Union address this week has echoed around the world and provoked debate about whether he is shifting his view of climate change.

Ostriches Still Flourish South of the Border

Less than half Americans believe global warming is due to human activities, according to a recent report from the Pew Center for People and the Press.

Oscar Nods Twice for An Inconvenient Truth

Al Gore's documentary on the environment received two nominations for an Academy award, one for best documentary and the other for best original score. Netting over $24 million, the film has become the third highest grossing documentary of all time.

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