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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Is 2007 Bringing Us A "Do-Something" Congress?

House Democrats are crafting an energy package that would roll back billions of dollars worth of oil drilling incentives, raise billions more by boosting federal royalties paid by oil and gas companies for offshore production, and plow the money into new tax breaks for renewable energy sources.

And Exxon's response?

Here's and ABC news article outlining Exxon's response to the Union of Concerned Scientists well-written and scathing piece on ExxonMobil.

Choice quote from Exxon's spokeman, David Gardner: “Even with many scientific uncertainties, the risk that greenhouse gas emissions may have serious impacts justifies taking action. What is clear today is that greenhouse gas emissions are one of the factors that contribute to climate change, and that the use of fossil fuels is a major source of these emissions.”

Romm's hell and high water slams "denyers and delayers"

Haven't read former US department of energy, assistant secretary, Joseph Romm's book Hell or High Water yet, but I will after seeing some of the quotes from this recent book review:

Helping plant these doubts [about global warming] is a handful of scientist-commentators – “A group small enough to fit into a typical home bathroom,” writes Romm – who are often funded by the oil and gas industry and are adept at exploiting one of the media's biggest vulnerabilities: Its pursuit of balance.

Bush administration waffles over Arctic ice but science doesn't

As reported, the Bush Administration has proposed listing polar bears as a threatened species. But it's still unclear whether it's going to curb greenhouse-gas emissions to secure their survival.

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