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Wed, 2007-01-10 21:07Kevin Grandia
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It's not easy pretending to be green

Once in a while a great public information campaign comes along, and this one by the Rain Forest Action Network fits the bill.

At the Detroit Auto Show, they had a full-size Kermit the Frog complaining about it's involvement in Ford Motor Company advertisements. As DeSmog readers well know , Ford Motor Company promotes a very green image, while continuing to fund organizations, like the Competitive Enterprise Institute, that sow doubt about the realities of global warming.

Wed, 2007-01-10 17:01Bill Miller
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Will Schwarzenegger’s bold move prod B.C. on climate change?

The California governor’s decision to slash carbon emission by 10 per cent has raised hopes action may soon be coming in B.C. Despite recent approval of two new coal-fired electricity plants, Premier Campbell has hinted that steps are forthcoming on climate change. The technology is in place and opinion-poll results tell him to use it. Is he listening?

Wed, 2007-01-10 10:15Bill Miller
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Schwarzenegger orders 10 per cent cut in carbon emissions

The California governor continues to lead the global warming battle today with news he will ask regulators to order petroleum refiners and gasoline merchants to cut by 10 per cent the greenhouse-gas emissions associated with their products. He wants the cuts completed by 2020.

Wed, 2007-01-10 09:32Kevin Grandia
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GM's chief economist reveals automakers greenwash

Update: GM issued this statment in reaction to the BBC story referred to below. 

With comments like this on global warming from Chrysler's chief economist Van Jolissaint, it's no wonder Chrysler continues it's steady slide in profits. According to a BBC report out this morning, Jolissaint went on a global warming screed during a private breakfast…


Mon, 2007-01-08 14:13Ross Gelbspan
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A Skunk By Any Other Name . . .

ExxonMobil Chairman Rex Tillerson told a group of fund managers the company would not be changing its basic position on global warming - just explaining it better.
Mon, 2007-01-08 13:51Bill Miller
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Exxon flak argues global warming good for us

The latest Decima poll shows rising concern among Canadians over environmental issues, but an Exxon-funded spokesman says global warming has been given a bad rap and it’s time everyone looked at benefits like milder winters.

Mon, 2007-01-08 12:17Bill Miller
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Coal plant foes in Texas see clear choice in gasification but officials slow to respond

Texas, already first in the nation in carbon-dioxide emissions from utilities, has been dragging its feet over regulation. Pressure on state officials to limit emissions is mounting, but Texas appears to be moving in a different direction, with Gov. Rick Perry directing the state's environmental commission to speed the permitting process for the proposed coal-fired plants.

Mon, 2007-01-08 10:48Kevin Grandia
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Europe to put global warming pressure on White House today

The President of the European Commission, Jose Manul Barroso, will be visiting the White House today to push the administration into a post-Kyoto global warming agreement. The new agreement will follow the current Kyoto Protocol and will be askind developed nations to sign on to a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas by 2020.
Sun, 2007-01-07 20:52Kevin Grandia
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Democrats may form Special Global Warming Committee

From ThinkProgress: This morning on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos reported that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “is considering setting up a special committee in the House to deal with climate change and global warming.” Also on ABC, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) called climate change “the most serious environmental problem” we face, and said “we’ve got to get action on it” and “not wait until everybody around the world is going to do it.”

Hopefully this means action and not stall-by-committee
Sun, 2007-01-07 08:13Richard Littlemore
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Union of Concerned Scientists Slams Exxon-Tobacco Link

The tactical link between ExxonMobil's funded denial of climate change and the tobacco industry's organized denial of the health risks of its product have been documented in these pages before.

But this new paper (pdf.) by the Union of Concerned Scientist brings such discipline and rigor to this argument that its conclusions are undeniable: Exxon is spending a fortune to prop up a convenient lie; and it's using the same tactics and many of the same people that the tobacco industry used.

This paper should be required reading for every policy maker.

Update: here's what Exxon has to say.

Update: here's what the CEI has to say.

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