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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.”)

Tue, 2006-08-01 10:40Kevin Grandia
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Bush: forget climate change, I got breakfast with Jeb



Breakfast with Jeb

The State of California and the United Kingdom agreed to a pact yesterday to create a carbon trading market as a means of pushing the development of new green technologies and battling global warming. UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Califonia's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will also look to enhance the sharing of knowledge in the areas of economic and scientific research as it relates to climate change.

As reported widely
, neither US President George Bush or his top enviro-advisor, James Connaughton, were able to attend due to “scheduling conflicts.”
Mon, 2006-07-31 10:35Ross Gelbspan
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Bush Snubs Blair, Top Corporate Leaders, Wrestling with Climate Crisis

White House Plans to Skip High-Profile Talks on Climate

Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2006 One of the higher-profile meetings on climate change is set to bring together this week British Prime Minister Tony Blair, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and about 25 chief executive officers of major corporations around the world.

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.

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