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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.

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.

Consumer Report Mag debunks the "ethanol myth"

We have had some requests recently from DeSmog readers for more information on ethanol fuel and its effect on climate change, energy consumption etc. We stumbled across a great an in-depth analysis of the economic and environmental viability of ethanol fuel, or E85, in this month's edition of Consumer Reports magazine. The article debunks the myth that ethanol fuel will do much of anything to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and goes further to make the argument that E85 may be adding to overall emissions. The arguments they make are interesting and  relevant considering that much of the US government's self-proclaimed “action” on climate change has come in the form of ethanol fuel alternatives.

More bad press for Viriginia's State Skeptic Michaels

Pat MichaelsToday's Washington Post  takes an in-depth look at notorious climate change skeptic Pat Michaels and the recent controversy arising from an electric utitlity industry association memo pointing him out as a scientist willing to sow public doubt for the right price (which is apparently around $100,000 according to the memo). Here's a few highlights:

Comments from Pittsburgh Editorial Writer's Conference

Check out what people at the National Conference of Editorial Writers are saying about climate change.

The DeSmog "Floggers" invade Pittsburgh

The almost famous primanti sanwichThe DeSmog”Flog” team is off to the home of the Steelers, the Primanti Brother's Sandwich and host of the National Conference of Editorial Writer's this weekend. Look for posts on the conference, as well as comments from conventioneers visiting our shiny new DeSmog”flog” team information booth.

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. 

Forget hybrid, try the TRI-brid

The Prius is great, but the new Brazilian-made “Obvio” kicks hybrid up to the next level, the “tri”brid technology. Recently unveiled, the 3 passenger Obvio Tribrid uses hybrid technology, like the Prius, but can also run purely on ethanol fuel. According to Zap, the American distributor, these next generation commuter cars are the only US cars that can run 100% on ethanol.

The Economist: we need action and the US should lead the charge

The Economist Magazine, renowned for it's staunch conservatism, put out a Special Edition last week devoted to climate change and the need for action .
It's a great read, here are links to a couple of the stories:

The Heat is On

The uncertainty surrounding climate change argues for action, not inaction. America should lead the way

FOR most of the Earth's history, the planet has been either very cold, by our standards, or very hot. Fifty million years ago there was no ice on the poles and crocodiles lived in Wyoming. Eighteen thousand years ago there was ice two miles thick in Scotland and, because of the size of the ice sheets, the sea level was 130m lower. Ice-core studies show…

Friday video pick

This a funny, albeit over-the-top, commercial produced by Greenpeace. Love the guy pushing up his glasses and flipping the bird.


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