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Exxon Veteran Raymond the "Jack Abramoff" of Climate Concern

In response to the news that the Bush Administration has tapped former ExxonMobil Lee Raymond to head up a panel to plot America's energy futureone critic said:  “It's like putting Jack Abramoff in charge of fighting corruption.”

Muzzlebusters Swing into Action at NASA, NOAA

The Inspectors General for the Commerce Department (of which NOAA is a division) and NASA have begun “coordinated, sweeping investigations of the Bush administration's censorship and suppression” of federal research into global warming, according to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) – who said, “Taxpayers do not fund scientific research so the Bush White House can alter it.”

UK's Call for Immediate Climate Action Met With Denial from OPEC and a Yawn from The White House

While officials in the UK used the Stern report to reiterate the urgency and imminence of dangerous climate change, officials in OPEC proclaimed such concerns had “no foundation in science.”  As for the Bush Administration, the response was yet another “stay the course.

Scientific Debate Gets Personal

At a climate conference, climate skeptic William Gray accused IPCC scientist Kevin Trenberth of “selling his soul to the devil.”  Trenberth, in turn, blasted Gray for aligning himself with industry-funded skeptics.  

Bush Taps Former Exxon CEO to Chart U.S. Energy Future

The Bush administration has appointed former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond and the National Petroleum Council to chart America's energy future. Raymond, chair of the NPC, is to provide the administration with policy recommendations for the long-term direction of the nation's energy policy. Raymond was granted the power to handpick the study's leadership.

Rising Temperatures Bring the Lawyers out of the Woodwork

Plaintiffs are currently bringing at least 16 lawsuits in US federal and state courts to force emissions reductions because of global warming.  It's by far the most attention the issue has ever received in US courts.

Inhofe: Newsweek Blows Hot and Cold on Warming

For years, the skeptics have tried to discredit global warming projections by noting that, several decades ago, scientists were just as concerned about global cooling.  Now it turns out that Sen. James Inhofe (“Global Warming is the Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated on the American Public”) has pressured Newsweek Magazine into highlighting this change. In fact  some scientists say, their early concerns about climate change were not unjustified – since escalating climatic instability is the hallmark of early stage global warming.

Brilliant Bioneers

I had the privilege this past weekend of attending the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California. If you care about our planet and the people and creatures that live upon it, and you've never heard of Bioneers, then do yourself a favour and check out this incredible event and network.

It's a three-day event that has been happening annually for 17 years now. Every morning there are plenary speakers, and the afternoons are devoted to break-out sessions and panels. One of the coolest parts of Bioneers is that after it grew too big for the Marin Center where it's held, they began holding satellite conferences all over America. This year, there were 18 satellite events, which all feature live simulcast video of the plenary speakers, and then local workshops in the afternoons.

CBC on Shwarzenegger and Canada's climate change conundrum

CBC National's Sasha Perticic did a great piece last night on California's efforts to tackle climate change. In the report, Schwarzenegger urges Canada and Mexico to join California in it's fight against C02 emissions created by the burning of fossil fuels.


Congress candidate Michele Bachmann's comedy act

Check out this video of Minnesota Senator Michele Bachmann's stance on climate change. The absurdity of her Inhofean message is definitely not lost on her audience.


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