Do climate change skeptics ever say anything that sounds plausible? Like that other planets in the solar system are warming (Mars and Pluto, specifically), and thus the earth’s warming is due to solar radiation? Don’t let ’em fool you. Check out New Scientists’ Climate Change: A guide for the perplexed, which sets out to debunk some of the myths out there about climate change.Full Story... →
Nothing to see here. Please move along. Resource wars this way –> Business as usual is this way < -- Last autumn-winter season was Europe’s warmest for more than 700 years, researchers say.
The last time Europeans saw similar temperatures to the autumn and winter of 2006-07, they were eating strawberries at Christmas in 1289, according to J?rg Luterbacher at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and colleagues.
Wingnuts say it together with me one time:
Strawberries at Christmas? Ain’t that a good thang?Full Story... →
I?d like to tell you about a new initiative we’re undertaking at News, one that will affect us all.
As many of you know, I grew up in Melbourne, Australia and the last few months and years have brought some changes there:
In Melbourne, 2006 was the 10th consecutive year with below average rainfall. And 2005 was the hottest year on record throughout Australia.
Australia is suffering its worst drought in 100 […]Full Story... →
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved a plan recently to move fleet fuel economy averages to 35 MPG from the current 25.
The dinosaur auto industry – ever slow to embrace change – was not happy. The thing they don’t get is that there is a reason the Prius had such long waiting lists (up to a year back in 2005). Demand. Consumers want both economy (more miles for your gas dollar) and ecology (less environmental footprint). Barack Obama nailed it in a recent speech when he addressed the issue:
?For years, while foreign competitors were […]Full Story... →
Found a great take on global warming the other day that i wanted to share. Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars sums up my position on global warming almost precisely. So much so that I don’t even have to write a post. Just excerpt his and send you on over!
Let me first say this: the consensus among qualified scientists certainly is that global warming is real and it is substantially man-made. Yes, there are some dissenting scientists who argue that global warming is a natural, perhaps cylical process, that has little to do with human […]Full Story... →
Massachusetts v. EPA: Ruling 5-4, the Supreme Court on Monday found that the federal government had the authority to regulate greenhouse gases that may contribute to global warming, and must examine anew the scientific evidence of a link between those gases contained in the exhausts of new cars and trucks and climate change. In the most important environmental ruling in years, the Court rebuffed the Environmental Protection Agency’s claim that regulating those gases was beyond its authority, and the agency’s claim that it need not take action even if it did have the power to do so. […]Full Story... →
via ABC News’ “The Blotter”:
Bush administration officials throughout the government have engaged in White House-directed efforts to stifle, delay or dampen the release of climate change research that casts the White House or its policies in a bad light, says a new report that purports to be the most comprehensive assessment to date of the subject.
Hmmm. Now why would you have to stifle, delay, or dampen that which is globaloney? Why even John “Neverland” McCain said of BushCo missing the federally mandated deadline for reporting climate change to Congress back in 2004:
“When you get to […]Full Story... →
I love this one. “Mr. Secretary, Halliburton on line one”. Jeff Hess pieces together a little puzzle regarding the attempts to gut the Endangered Species Act. The administration got into a bit of a space-time continuum problem by announcing they wanted to put polar bears on the endangered list (their habitat is, um, melting). Someone must have gotten the memo and woke up to realize this means they’d have to admit global warming is real. OH NO! What shall we do? I’ll let Jeff tell ya.
I did want to pull this little bit out of the Salon […]Full Story... →
It seems the “Godzilla Gang” – the annointed ones who get to tell us what is and what isn’t an “important issue” have weighed in on global warming and the action of the National Association of Evangelicals in talking about the moral implications of taking action on global warming:
Leaders of several conservative Christian groups have sent a letter urging the National Association of Evangelicals to force its policy director in Washington to stop speaking out on global warming.
The conservative leaders say they are not convinced that global warming is human-induced or that human intervention can prevent it. […]Full Story... →
Coutergeist wasn’t the only circus act at CPAC’s get-together…
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) got the crowd cheering early in the day. “I have been called — my kids are all aware of this — dumb, crazy man, science abuser, Holocaust denier, villain of the month, hate-filled, warmonger, Neanderthal, Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun,” he announced. “And I can just tell you that I wear some of those titles proudly.”
“Science abuser” has to be the least insulting title in that list!
Inhofe repeated his view that man-made global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American […]Full Story... →
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