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Mon, 2010-08-30 11:08Ross Gelbspan
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Climate Groups Seek Direction After Demoralizing String of Defeats

A year ago, these groups seemed to be at the peak of their influence, needing only the Senate’s approval for a landmark climate-change bill. But they lost that fight, done in by the sluggish economy and opposition from business and fossil-fuel interests.

Now the groups are wondering how they can keep this loss from becoming a rout as their opponents press their advantage and try to undo the Obama administration’s climate efforts. At two events last week in Wisconsin, environmental groups seemed to be trying two strategies: defiance and pleading for sympathy.Neither one drew enough people to fill a high school gym.

Thu, 2010-07-15 06:23Ross Gelbspan
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Carbon Lobby Campaign Targets Color-Blind Readers

A group with ties to the fossil fuel industry launched a new ad campaign today pushing the idea that carbon dioxide isn’t an environmental pollutant. The organization “C02 is Green” funded a half-page advertisement in The Washington Post urging people to call their senators and seek a vote against “the president’s cap-and-trade bill that will increase your cost of living and not change the climate. “The bill is based on the false premise that man-made CO2 is a major cause of climate change,” the ad says. “Real, empirical evidence indicates it is not.”

Fri, 2010-06-25 08:10Ross Gelbspan
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US Defense Establishment: No Marching Orders for Skeptics

While political leaders on Capitol Hill seek definitive answers about how quickly the world’s climate will change, military and national security experts say they’re used to making decisions with limited information. But as they turn their attention to the geopolitical implications of climate change, the military and security experts are pressing scientists to help them understand the risk and uncertainty inherent in forecasts of future environmental shifts.  

Tue, 2010-06-22 08:43Ross Gelbspan
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Americans' Energy Hopes Mix No Better than the Oil and Water in the Gulf

Overwhelmingly, Americans think the nation needs a fundamental overhaul of its energy policies, and most expect alternative forms to replace oil as a major source within 25 years. Yet a majority are unwilling to pay higher gasoline prices to help develop new fuel sources.

Fri, 2010-05-28 14:18Ross Gelbspan
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"Mad Hatter" Throws a Tea Party for Koch and ExxonMobil

A group called Balanced Education for Everyone (BEE) is backing an effort to force the Mesa County, Colorado, school board to mandate school instruction of the “other side” of the so-called debate about global warming, in what may be a national test case on how global warming is taught. Attorney and Tea Party activist, Rose Pugliese — working with the support of Balanced Education for Everyone — presented the board with one petition demanding that global warming not be taught and, ironically, another demanding that political views be kept out of the classroom. At the meeting, Pugliese and her supporters said if warming is taught the “other side” should be too.   BEE is a project of the Independent Women’s Forum, which, in turn, is an arm of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation — an industry front group that reportedly gets most of its funding from from oil companies  Koch Industries and ExxonMobil.  AFP organized last summer’s Astroturf Hot Air tour, in which oil company employees posed as average citizens opposed to climate legislation.

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