Whether you're a conservationist or a climate change denier, undoubtedly you've been following the ongoing efforts to officially declare Ursus maritimus (also known as the polar bear) listed as an endangered species, under the US Endangered Species Act.
Page van der Linden
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Page was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1969. Some of her earliest memories include learning the words to Malvina Reynolds' “Rain Song”, hiking in the Sandia Mountains, and becoming very aware about humans' impact on nature. You could say that she grew up an environmentalist, with a keen and critical eye for government and corporate spin regarding conservation issues.
She has had first-hand experience witnessing the environmental cost of the Cold War; part of her undergraduate Bachelor of Sciences work in Chemistry at Colorado State University was spent as an intern working with nuclear waste at the massively contaminated Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State.
Regardless of her time spent as a professional chemistry nerd, the twists and turns of her life have always lead back to “bearing witness” to environmental issues. She has lived in Amsterdam (Netherlands) since 2005, and has been a volunteer and activist for both Greenpeace Netherlands and Greenpeace International. She is moving back to New Mexico in mid-April 2008, where she will continue her environmental activism.
Stop the presses! Senator James Inhofe's Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee press blog is breathlessly reporting (in big font, of course) that - wait for it - climate change is going to stop!
Global Warming Will 'Stop', New Peer-Reviewed Study Says
Global Warming Takes a Break for Nearly 20 Years?
Well, that's very interesting… but what's really interesting is the next paragraph, which Inhofe's blogger brigade conveniently missed…
It wouldn't be Earth Day without a diatribe from the US Senate's anti-science curmudgeon, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). He didn't disappoint.
The Senate Minority Environment and Public Works committee website shouts at us in large red font, (”IN CASE YOU MISSED IT”), and gives us the text of his editorial in today's Washington Times.
“Clean coal” spin by any other name is still spin. In other words, the coal industry has scrapped one front group name for another, as if we wouldn't figure it out.
The coal industry's $35 million spin machine , Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC), is now the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). This is the result of a merger between the ABEC and another coal industry interest group, the Center for Energy and Economic Development (CEED).
If one were to reach into the grab bag of global warming deniers' favorite theories, one might pull out any number of speculation-laden papers and editorials regarding the supposed effect of solar activity on the Earth's climate.
For example, here's an excerpt from an October 2007 presentation given by a member of the Exxon-funded Heartland Institute:
Anyone who's ever surfed the AM radio airwaves has doubtless stumbled upon Rush Limbaugh, who is arguably the most well-known right wing talk show host out there.
Over the years, he has been a convenient megaphone for the climate change denier crowd. He has interviewed them, reinforced their rhetoric, been suckered by fake research, and even given his own interpretation of the facts (polar bears stranded on ice floes are “just playing”).
Predictably, one of his latest targets has been Al Gore.
Editor's Note: this is the first post of our newest DeSmog writer, Page van der Linden. Welcome to the team Page!