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Following a widely heralded move by General Electric to substantially cut its carbon output, a tiny, dissident shareholder group has filed a resultion asking the company to stop its plan to fight global warming. In January, Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of the global giant, announced the firm was launching an 'ecomagination' program to sell $20 billion worth of green technologies over the next four years.
The argument of Intelligent Design versus the Theory of Evolution is not exactly analagous to the argument between the climate skeptics and the (real) climate scientists. But the very existence of an ID movement, and the startling degree to which it has gained adherents in the U.S., is symptomatic of a larger public campaign to subvert science for religious or economic reasons.
In 1988, against the background of Yellowstone National Park in flames, James Hansen, of NASA's Goddard Space Center, went before Congress to declare that “global warming is at hand.”
Last month, Hansen wrote:
The Earth's temperature… is now passing through the peak level of the Holocene, a period of relatively stable climate that has existed for more than 10,000 years. Further warming of more than one degree Celsius will make the Earth warmer than it has been in a million years… That implies practically a different planet. …The Earth's climate is nearing, but has not passed, a tipping point beyond which it will be impossible to avoid climate change with far-ranging undesirable consequences.”
When California started insisting, in the late 1960s, that automakers clean up exhaust emissions, industry screamed at the notion, threatening that the state's tough standards would bankrupt car owners and put the industry out of business.
Forty-odd years later, North American's love affair with the car has reached new heights of rapture and the air in every major city is more breathable than it was in the mid-70s, despite a tripling of the number of vehicles on the street during those years.
The New York Times is reporting that,
The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.”
Among major media figures in Canada, few people can claim as much credit as the National Post's Terrance Corcoran in the prolonged and woefully effective campaign to mislead the Canadian public on the science and policies regarding climate change.
As a business columnist in the Globe and Mail in the 1990s, Corcoran was reported to run shrieking into the managing editor's office any time a (well-documented) science story crept into the pages of what was then the nation's only national newspaper. As a result, the mid-level editors lived in fear and the environment reporters threw up their hands when asked why the Globe wasn't covering the story
Three days ago, it was revealed that Stephen Harper was joining George W. Bush in a North American death wish by withdrawing from the Kyoto process.
Yesterday, NASA scientists announced that 2005 had topped 1998 as the hottest year on record. In fact, one NASA researcher said it was likely that 2005 may have been the warmest in several thousand years. While the rest of the world scrambles to patch together the barest beginnings of a survival strategy, it seems clear that the alternative path blazed by the US and Australia, a followed by India, China and now Canada is becoming the non-stop route to climate hell.
The Tyee, a “fiesty” on-line magazine that loves tackling stories that the mainstream media overlook, has the definitive piece on the Harper Conservatives' plans for Kyoto - and it's bleak, bleak, bleak. Canada's new federal government (this is being written before the polls close, so we're making an assumption) is seated in the oil-soaked western province of Alberta and has been hostile to the Kyoto Protocol from the outset.