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Tue, 2009-01-27 12:47Ross Gelbspan
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Climate Peace is a Mere Millennium Away!

Many people who worry about global warming hope that once emissions of heat-trapping gases decline, the problems they cause will quickly begin to abate. Now researchers are saying that such hope is ill-founded, at least with regard to carbon dioxide.

Because of the way carbon dioxide persists in the atmosphere and in the oceans, and the way the atmosphere and the oceans interact, patterns that are established at peak levels will produce problems like “inexorable sea level rise” and Dust-Bowl-like droughts for at least a thousand years, the researchers are reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Fri, 2008-12-19 16:56Ross Gelbspan
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EPA to Planet: "Drop Dead! (You, too, Supreme Court!)

The Environmental Protection Agency ruled  that new power plants are not required to install technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, rejecting an argument from environmental groups. The ruling turns on a seemingly arcane regulatory question that could govern the future of new fossil fuel-burning buildings and power plants under the Clean Air Act.

 

During the Bush administration, the EPA has rejected the idea that greenhouse gases should be regulated like soot, smog precursors and other kinds of air pollution, despite an April 2007 Supreme Court ruling that said carbon dioxide fit the definition of a pollutant that could be regulated under the Clean Air Act.

Thu, 2008-12-11 16:38Ross Gelbspan
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Will ExxonMobil and Peabody Coal Chu up the New Energy Secretary?

President-elect Obama has chosen Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, who heads the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to be the next energy secretary. He should have picked a street-fighter instead. Chu is making enormous contributions to nano-solar and bio-based energy technology.

Thu, 2008-12-11 14:49Ross Gelbspan
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A Very Different Kind of Herald Angel!

Spread Christmas Joy!  Help dress the Christmas Carolers – and listen to one of the more bizarre Holiday messages you’ve ever heard.  (Hint: poor parents used to tuck one into the bottom of a Christmas stocking!)

Tue, 2008-12-09 13:22Ross Gelbspan
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Downdraft Turns Mighty Gust into Slim Pickens

Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens said on Monday he is “anxious” for his company’s multibillion dollar plans to build a giant wind farm in Texas as the economic crisis chokes off project financing. Mesa Power LLC is planning to build the world’s largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle, but financiers for the project have disappeared in the economic downturn.

Sat, 2008-12-06 12:08Ross Gelbspan
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It's Time For A New Military War on Error

A new US military report has come under scrutiny for asserting that the scientific data on what is causing global warming is “contradictory” - a position one leading specialist said indicates the government still hasn’t fully embraced the urgency of climate change.

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