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Fri, 2006-07-28 12:19Richard Littlemore
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Congressional Committee for Waste, Fraud and Abuse: Joe Barton, Chair

The Congresional Committee on Energy and Commerce has been entertaining itself of late with the “debate” on climate change science, and particularly with a “controversy” about the vitality of Michael Mann's hockey stick - an argument that is as irrelevant as it is out of date.

This becomes relevant, though, when you realize that the committee in question is also home to the Tipline, a whistleblower's outlet for reports of “Waste, Fraud and Abuse.”

May we suggest the Committee's own shenanigans as an obvious example: It is wasting its own time and taxpayers' money; it is promoting a view of climate science that is fully fraudulent; and its members, beginning most assuredly with Chair Joe Barton, are abusing their political power in the process.

So, feel free to click on the Tipline link and report Congressman Barton to himself. It's clear that he and his Republican colleagues are desperate for something useful to do.

Mon, 2006-07-24 12:07Ross Gelbspan
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Energy-Funded Pol Launches Yet Another Congressional Mannhunt

Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Republican congressman from Kentucky (and a darling of the coal, gas, oil, auto and railroad industries), will be holding yet another set of hearings on the famous “hockey stick” climate reconstruction graph by Drs. Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley and Malcolm Hughes.  Mann indicated he will testify – even though his graph has become a lightning rod for climate-change deniers.

(They deniers seem oblivious to the fact that Mann's work has been thoroughly peer-reviewed and approved by a number of studies, most recently by the US  National Research Council.  They also seem not to understand that even if Mann's work were proved to be fatally flawed, it is only the latest of many scientifically approved studies that prove we humans, by our burning of coal and oil, are trashing the planet.)

Sun, 2006-07-23 12:21Ross Gelbspan
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NASA Turns Its Back on Planet Earth

Nasa has dropped from its mission statement it's charge to “understand and protect our home planet.”  The question is whether its new emphasis on  space exploration means the Bush Administraiton thinks it's already too late to “protect our home planet,” or whether it just thinks colonizing space is more important than keeping Earth habitable for the rest of us. 

Fri, 2006-07-21 12:05Ross Gelbspan
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White House Environmental Chief Launches Stealth Attack on Climate Science

James Connaughton, head of the White House Environmental Office (CEQ)James Connaughton told Congress:  “There’s a lot of agreement … on warming…We begin to get into issues [of disagreement] about the extent to which humans are a problem.”

Thu, 2006-07-20 09:43Ross Gelbspan
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Here Comes the Sun -- Yet Again!

It's all due to the sun – according to a guest column in the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel.  Unfortunately, none but a few contrarian scientists – many paid by coal and oil interests – believe that.

Virtually all legitimate climate scientists conclude that while the sun was the dominant external influence on the climate until about 150 years ago, it has since been swamped by greenhouse gases which, today, comprise about 85 percent of the external influences on the climate.

Wed, 2006-07-12 08:41Sarah Pullman
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White House in Full Climate Change Spin Mode

Seems the Washington Post has really gotten under George W’s skin with their latest critique!Will Ferrel in hilarious bush global warming spot
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/07/20060711-7.html
Mon, 2006-07-10 05:12Kevin Grandia
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Oil funded Heartland pleads innocence

The Heartland Institute, a notorious US climate change skeptic group, responded to a letter the DeSmogBlog team recently penned for the Philadelphia Daily News. Creating a perception of impartiality is their theme on the issue of tobacco and climate change science. Is it then just a coincidence that the same groups funded by oil money, such as Heartland, are the same groups “skeptical” about climate change?
Mon, 2006-07-03 06:50Ross Gelbspan
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Lindzen Keeps It Complicated -- And The Wall Street Journal Laps It Up!

Dr. Richard LindzenThe editorial page editors of the Wall Street Journal have a love affair with longtime skeptic Richard Lindzen. It's easy to see why.  Wind him up and he says the same thing – only with more obscurity and complexity than the previous time around.  If you're up to it, read Lindzen's latest in the WSJ.   Then consider just one inconvenient example from his writing.

Thu, 2006-06-29 19:21Sarah Pullman
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Alternet Gets It

There's an interesting piece over at Alternet this week. It's about the EPA lawsuit taking place right now over whether carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases should be counted as “pollutants” under the Clean Air Act. I just wanted to highlight Alternet's succinct summation of our whole raison d'etre here at the DeSmogBlog:
There is a debate over whether [climate change is] manmade or naturally caused,” Bush said yesterday. Yet among scientists, the debate has long been over. Rather than argue the science, the right has resorted to manufacturing scientific doubt where there is none. … The right wants the public to ignore scientific research that finds “human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming,” and instead believe that we should wait for more research before we take action.
Read more: Alternet Gets It
Tue, 2006-06-27 07:40Kevin Grandia
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Who are we to believe? Gore or Heartland Institute?

Joseph Bast, president of the Heartland Institute, wrote an opinion piece that appeared in today’s Philadelphia Daily News, asking readers whom they would believe, Al Gore or scientists.

It is interesting to observe that the cadre of scientists Bast refers to as proof that Gore is wrong seems to be getting smaller and their collective expertise in the area of climate change continues to diminish as more and more jump off the climate denial bandwagon. For instance, Bast claims Tim Ball, former professor at the University of Winnipeg, to be an “expert” on climate change, when in fact Dr. Ball has not published any research in a peer-reviewed science journal in the last 20 years.

All this becomes even more questionable when you question the source of this article, Joseph Bast himself.

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