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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. 

Fri, 2006-08-18 14:34Kevin Grandia
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Arnie and Gore in 2008!

Between Gore's Inconvenient Truth and Arnie set to push through an unprecedented US State climate change initiative, are we seeing the makings of a 2008 climate change bi-partisan presidential run? With climate change on America's mind and everyone sick and tired of the same political rhetoric dividing important issues on partisan lines, who knows… it's politics, stranger things have happened.

Below is some not-so-good footage of Schwarzenegger talking about California's Global Warming Solutions Act that will cap C02 emissions and aim to reduce green house gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. And below that is some footage of Gore out on the hustings in a chat with Letterman.

Make a good pair don't they?

Now I know Arnie can't run for prez, and this a pretty tongue-in-cheek post, but it's Friday and I say Gore and Arnie in 2008!

Fri, 2006-08-18 09:41Kevin Grandia
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California carbon cap bill good for economy too

As California's widely supported Global Warming Solutions Act, gets set to pass this summer, a new University of California study finds that the new Act could create as many as 17,000 new jobs.

Author of the report, David Roland-Holst, concludes:

“Our study demonstrates that meeting the 2020 [green-house gas] limits under debate in Sacramento can stimulate the state economy… Climate action can be profitable.”

The report also finds that the annual Gross State Product (GSP) could see a $60 billion increase as California aggressively moves on its proposed new carbon emissions cap program.
Fri, 2006-08-18 05:26Jim Hoggan
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On Twisting Words and Dodging Responsibility

Two items have come up in the DeSmogBlog recently that deserve further analysis. The first is the conversion of Republican pollster and strategist Frank Luntz who, until very recently, has been directing governments in the U.S. and Canada on how to communicate about climate change. For example, in a 2002 strategy memo to the Republican Party, Luntz wrote:

The Scientific Debate Remains Open. Voters believe that there is no consensus about global warming within the scientific community. Should the public come to believe that the scientific issues are settled, their views about global warming will change accordingly. Therefore, you need to make the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue in the debate, and defer to scientists and other experts in the field.

To give Luntz the benefit of the doubt, maybe he really believed in 2002 that the debate over climate change science was legitimate and not the result of a concerted energy-industry campaign to confuse the public. He says now that he believes the advice was fair when he gave it and we would like to take him at his word.

That being the case, however, you would have expected that his recent conversion from “climate change skepticism” would have come with an apology, or perhaps a messaging update. Instead, when asked about the continuing Republican denial of the science, Luntz said:

That's up to the [them]. I'm not the administration. What they want to do is their business. And it's nothing to do with what I write. And it's nothing to do with what I believe.

The language is a powerful tool and Frank Luntz has a real gift in wielding that tool. With such a gift should come some sense of responsibility. Instead, Luntz offers a total abdication: “What they want to do is their business.”

Given the degree to which Luntz's advice has defined the Bush administration's position on climate change science, that response is analagous to saying, 'I just sold them the guns, officer. I had no idea what they planned to do with them.' Not good enough.

Mon, 2006-08-14 16:33Richard Littlemore
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The Worst CO2 Polluters in the World

Further to an earlier post about Canada's poor environmental performance, here are some (slightly different) numbers on the top 10 worst CO2 emitting countries in the world. These are from the United Nations 2005 Human Development Report

 The top 10 emitters, on a per capita basis, are:

1. Qatar    53.1  metric tonnes per person per year

2. Trinidad and Tobago 31.9

3. Bahrain 30.6

4. United Arab Emirates 25.1

Thu, 2006-08-10 13:47Ross Gelbspan
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Disinformation Magnate Koch Puts Cape Wind in his Crosshairs

Energy Magnate William I. Koch, identified in a recent coal industry memo as a funder for a new disinformation campaign, has become a director of a new lobbying group whose purpose is to defeat the proposed Cape Wind farm in Nantucket Sound.


William Koch is the President and founder of the Oxbow Corporation, which according to it's own website is:

“… made up of more than two dozen companies with yearly aggregate sales approaching $1 billion, combined assets of over $425 million and over 600 employees worldwide. Oxbow’s primary businesses are the mining and marketing of energy and bulk commodities such as coal, natural gas, petroleum, metallurgical and calcined coke, and electric power generation.
Thu, 2006-08-03 13:01Ross Gelbspan
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A Fickle Pat Robertson Finds Himself On the Road to Damascus

The Rev. Pat Robertson said he hasn't been a believer in global warming in the past, but this summer's record-breaking heat is “making a convert out of me.”  And only a week ago, he bashed godless environmentalists in a session with scorched-earth skeptic James Inhofe. Said Robertson about Inhofe:  “We appreciate him, and he chairs a vital committee on this matter, and I’m glad he’s standing for some very important principles.” 
Tue, 2006-08-01 15:31Sarah Pullman
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Bush Administration Coverup Video

There's a great video over at YouTube… which you can watch right here. Check this out if you're interested in whether or not the US government is involved in covering up the evidence about man-made global warming.

Tue, 2006-08-01 11:11Ross Gelbspan
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The Climate According to the Moonie Loonies

Rev. MoonAn editorial in The Washington Times criticizes a recent piece of writing by NASA Scientist Jim Hansen for not explaining why global warming is caused by human activities. Perhaps that’s because the scientific proof of human-generated warming is fast becoming ancient history.  It may not be known to the journalistic footsoldiers of that paragon of scientific inquiry, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.  But the case has long been accepted by the world’s community of mainstream climate scientists since 1995. (For a summary of the experiments by which scientists prove that global warming is a function of our burning of oil and coal, see:  “The Scientific Case for Human Induced Warming.”)

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