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Mon, 2006-10-02 15:12Mitchell Anderson
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Anyone for a DSCOVR Bake Sale?

A satellite that might save the world has been sitting in a metal box in a NASA building for the last five years - very likely due to the cynical politics of climate change.
Mon, 2006-10-02 08:04Ross Gelbspan
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Skeptic Bill Gray Embarrasses Himself Again

The words “global warming” provoke a sharp retort from Colorado State University meteorology professor emeritus William Gray: “It's a big scam.” And the name of climate researcher Kevin Trenberth elicits a sputtered “opportunist.”

(Grey repeated his assertion despite the publication of a meticulous refutation of his claims by a group of leading climate scientists.) 

At the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where Trenberth works, Gray's name prompts dismay. “Bill Gray is completely unreasonable,” Trenberth says. “He has a mind block on this.”

Fri, 2006-09-29 09:44Ross Gelbspan
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Bush: Nine States and 163 Nations Can't Be Right

White House Says No Change on US Carbon Strategy

 

Planetark.org, Sept. 29, 2006

 

NEW YORK - The Bush administration has no plans to ease its opposition to national limits on greenhouse gas output despite talk that a change may be under consideration, a White House spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Thu, 2006-09-28 10:17Kevin Grandia
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Inhofe's media bias claim innacurate, bordering outright falsehood

In his climate-change ain't happening State of the Union speech of Sept. 25th, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) makes the claim that climate change “skeptic” scientists do not get a fair share of media coverage.

Inhofe states:

“Scientists like MIT's Richard Lindzen, former Colarado State Climatologist Roger Pielke, the University of Alabama's Roy Spencer, and John Christy, Virginia State Climatologist Patrick Michaels, Colorado State University's William Grey, atmospehric physicist Fred Singer, Willie Soon, Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor [and] astrophysicist Sallie Baliuna, just to name a few. But you never hear of them.The media never talks about these well-established scientists.”

Thu, 2006-09-28 08:20Ross Gelbspan
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Lomborg: Leave Global Warming to Our Kids Because It's Too Expensive for Us

Notorious skeptic Bjorn Lomborg recently testified in Congress at the request of Sen. James  (“Global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American People”) Inhofe.  Predictably, Lomborg called on the APAC 6 to ignore Kyoto because it's too expensive – without any recognition of all the wealth and jobs a global transition to clean energy would create.  And nowhere does he justify his outrageous assertion that addressing climate change will cost $5 to $8 trillion. His sponsors, in
Wed, 2006-09-27 08:53Ross Gelbspan
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Bush Administration Is Turning Gagging From Tactic to Policy

Researchers are charging the Bush Administration with yet again muzzling their scientific findings regarding climate change.

In this case, a scientist at NOAA claims the agency has gagged his attempts to expalin connections between global warming and hurricane intensity.

 

 

Wed, 2006-09-20 11:02Kevin Grandia
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Hummer to have its day in court, California sues auto giants

California State Attorney Bill Lockyer filed a global warming suit today against  auto-giants Ford, GM and Toyota, claiming that green-house gas emissions have done significant damage to the Sunshine State's resources, infrastructure and environmental health.

AG Lockyer states: “Vehicle emissions are the single most rapidly growing source of the carbon emissions contributing to global warming, yet the federal government and the automakers have refused to act.”


Maybe Gov. Schwarzenegger will finally trade in that Hummer for a Tesla electric.

Tue, 2006-09-19 14:55Richard Littlemore
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Inhofe Once Again Chooses Fiction over Science

Sarah just pointed me to this Jiminhotwater post reporting that the Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee is once again calling as a witness someone who expertise leans strongly into PR and only weakly into science.

As per the comments on the weekend by Teresa Heinz Kerry, Jim Inhofe has been perverting the public conversation on climate change by inviting cranky deniers to testify at his committee while preventing the Democrats from inviting anyone at all. Inhofe's latest guest is “Skeptical Environmentalist” Bjorn Lomborg - a man whose record of scientific research in this field is worse than Tim Ball's.
Tue, 2006-09-19 13:15Kevin Grandia
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White House Officials muzzle hurricane/climate change expert

In their continuing battle to obfuscate on the issue of climate change, a series of e-mails has been uncovered that shows White House officials successfully barring the public appearance of a NOAA hurricane expert who, along with most of the scientific community, believes that increased hurricane intensity is attributable to climate change. Here is a copy of the letter from Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) to Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez that describes the muzzling. And here is a copy of the e-mail that Rep. Waxman uses as evidence.

A big hat tip to ThinkProgress.org for revealing this. When will the US administration pull it's head out of the sand and start dealing with this issue? Until they do, no amount of this osrt of PR spin will make up for  their lack of credibility. The best PR always begins with doing the right thing.
Thu, 2006-09-14 06:36Kevin Grandia
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Climate change skeptics take the one-two punch

While climate change skeptics continue to bury their collective heads in the sand (oil sand that is), researchers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre are reporting what they describe as “… the strongest evidence of global warming in the Arctic so far.”

The reduction of glaciers in the summer months has been well established in the scientific literature, but this new study finds that a similar reduction is also occuring in the winter. 

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