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Mon, 2009-08-24 11:01Brendan DeMelle
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Lobbyists for Big Oil Organizing Most “Grassroots” ‘Energy Citizens’ Rallies

Grist took a deeper look at a list of “local organizers” of the Astroturf ‘Energy Citizens’ rallies and discovered that most of them are actually oil industry lobbyists.  Go figure.  Since the American Petroleum Institute cooked up the idea for these ‘grassroots’ events to mimic the health care town hall rent-a-mobs, it makes sense that Big Oil’s lobbyists would do the ‘community organizing’ necessary to pull off this charade.

Grist found that registered oil industry lobbyists are behind 15 of the 21 planned rallies, which look more like ‘glorified company picnics’ than spontaneous grassroots gatherings of concerned citizens. 

Thu, 2009-05-14 00:27Jeremy Jacquot
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The OMB-EPA Kerfuffle That Wasn't

Is the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) deliberately trying to sabotage the EPA’s efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions? Is Peter Orszag, the agency’s brainy and genial director, secretly in cahoots with Republican opponents of President Obama’s climate policies?

Not quite – though that may have been your first impression upon reading the raft of articles published yesterday that breathlessly reported that an OMB memo had strongly criticized the EPA’s proposal to regulate greenhouse gases.

Thu, 2008-12-25 01:24Jeremy Jacquot
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Debunking the 'Skeptics Handbook': More CO2 Does Worsen Climate Change

If you were to take the sum “knowledge” of global warming skeptics and distill it into a short, quasi-readable manifesto, you’d end up with something like Joanne Nova’s “The Skeptics Handbook.”

 

For someone who claims to have been a “veteran believer in greenhouse gases from 1990 – 2007,” Nova sure has a way of rehashing a lot of the same old tired arguments that climate scientists have been shooting down for years – particularly her central point that there is no evidence to link rising carbon dioxide emissions to higher temperatures (more on that later).

Perhaps the most odious aspect of this handbook is that it seems to be aimed squarely at a younger audience – what with its dumbing down of the science and constant repetition of the same flawed arguments. Having failed to gain ground with the adults, the skeptics are presumably turning to the younger generations now to carry their water.

While I’d encourage anyone who wants a substantive discussion of the science behind climate change to go consult the experts (actual scientists like the Real Climate blogger team, for example) – a revolutionary concept, I know – I’ll do my best to debunk some of Nova’s most egregious arguments over the next few days. I’ll get things started today with her “bottom line”: that adding more CO2 to the atmosphere does not cause global warming.

The easiest way to dismiss this point, as Grist contributor and Texas A&M University Professor Andrew Dessler noted, is to look at Venus’ atmosphere. Though it shares several features in common with our planet – hence its sometimes being called Earth’s “sister planet” – it differs in one crucial aspect: the amount of CO2 in its atmosphere.

Thu, 2008-09-18 14:57Kevin Grandia
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Check out DeSmog on Meet the Bloggers Tomorrow

Check back here tomorrow at 10am pacific time, when yours truly will be on Brave New Film Foundation's online talkshow Meet the Bloggers. 

If you haven't seen Meet the Bloggers before it is a very cool high production-value online show that discusses the hottest issues of the day with top bloggers. This week's topic is Sustainability versus Big Oil - a subject that is very near and dear to the DeSmogBlog team.

Wed, 2007-07-04 09:51Kevin Grandia
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Romm on trees and carbon offsets

Here's a great post on Grist by Joseph Romm, author of Hell or High Water, on carbon offsets and trees.

To quote:

Trees are terrific in every way but one: they make lousy carbon offsets. That was the point of the “First rule of carbon offsets.” But a number of comments and some media queries have led me include two rare exceptions: certified urban trees and certified tropical forest preservation. The word “certified” is key in both cases.”

Tue, 2006-12-19 11:03Kevin Grandia
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A skeptics guide to the "Medieval Warming Period "

Our friends at Grist Magazine have been spending a lot of time updating their guide on “How to talk to a Global Warming Skeptic.” Here's the latest entry dealing with the “Medieval Warm Period,” an oft-quoted favorite of those who continue to ignore the scientific consensus on the realities of global warming.
Wed, 2006-03-15 09:27Richard Littlemore
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IPCC Seeks Information Officer

Check this Grist piece on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change looking for a new information officer. Or call up the posting directly.

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