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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with a “controversy” about the vitality of Michael Mann's hockey stick - an argument that is as irrelevant as it is out of date.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.

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.

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