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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. 

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

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