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Inhofe and the art of exaggeration

Senator James Inhofe continues his misinformation campaign with a recent stop in his home state of Oklahoma yesterday where he makes the outrageous claim that: “If we were to embrace the Kyoto treaty, it would shut down agriculture, military and oil production in Oklahoma…”

This is on the heals of some other very misleading and exaggerated claims by Inhofe, such as:

On Tom Brokaw's recent climate change documentary: “It kind of reminds … I could use the Third Reich, the big lie”

Scientific American digs deep on climate change

If you're looking for a great read on climate change and renewable energy pick up the Sept, 06 special issue of Scientific American, titled Energy's Future Beyond Carbon. SCIAM gives a great in-depth analysis of the latest and greatest in renewable energy options and provides an extensive analysis on the realities of human-induced climate change.

Best $5 bucks I've spent in a while.

Here are links to some of the articles SCIAM has posted on-line as freebies:

A Climate Repair Manual
Global warming is a reality.
Innovation in energy technology and policy are sorely needed if we are to cope
By Gary Stix

The Nuclear Option
A threefold expansion of nuclear power could contribute significantly to staving off climate change by avoiding one billion to two billion tons of carbon emissions annually
By John M. Deutch and Ernest J. Moniz

NASA big wig a climate change skeptic?

Chris Mooney, well-known author of The Republican War on Science, has a post today that may in part explain NASA's recent culling of climate change  research programs.

Colbert explains climate change as only Colbert can

As part of our commitment to keeping Fridays a little lighter here at the DeSmogBlog, check out this bit by Stephen Colbert and his hilarious show the Colbert Report . Now please keep in mind where Colbert is coming from in his show, for those not in the loop, Colbert uses satire to highlight how ridiculous US media (read: Fox News) has become. Enjoy, and please don't take this seriously, it's Friday!



Ross Gelbspan on Australia's Lateline

Here is a video clip of DeSmogBlog's very own Ross Gelbspan speaking recently with Tony Jones of ABC Australia's Lateline news show (kind of the 60 Minutes of Australia).

Here is the realplayer version.
Here is the windows media player version.

The Weather Channel tackles climate change

Come on, who doesn't love the weather channel? Now there is even more reason to watch. The 24-hour weather watch-dog has announced it will be airing a new feature called “The Climate Code” with host Heidi Cullen, a Columbia PhD in climatology and ocean atmosphere dynamics, whose most recent stint was at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research.

AIG to insure against losses due to climate change

America Public Media and Fortune are both reporting today that AIG, one of the world's largest insurers, will shortly announce new insurance products aimed at covering losses due to the effects of climate change.

This echos earlier statements made in a report by Marsh , the world's largest insurance broker, last spring:

“Climate change - often referred to as 'global warming' - is one of the most significant emerging risks facing the world today, presenting tremendous challenges to the environment, to the world economy, and to individual businesses.”

Public Opinion Pushes Action on Climate Change, Usually

Jack Sparrow's compassWhy is it that California is able to take such a strong lead on  climate change, while the U.S. federal administration stands around questioning the science and refusing to undertake any real action on the issue?

It's tempting to blame the polls. While there are many altruistic and economic reasons Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California legislators are taking such a strong stance on climate change, it would be naïve to overlook the importance of public opinion polls showing that Californians are concerned and want action.

BP: climate action or damage control?

BP announced today a new program that will allow drivers to maintain carbon-neutral without changing their driving habits or make of car. The program, called “Target Neutral” is a web-initiative that allows drivers to cancel out their carbon emissions by funding renewable energy and green technology ventures out of their own pockets. While emission trading is nothing new, it is always encouraging to see industry leading the way.

DeSmogBlog in Edmonton

This feature piece appeared in the Edmonton Journal on the weekend outlining the more-questionable-by-the day “Friends” of Science and their efforts to sow doubt about the realities of climate change.

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