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Out of Balance Another Climate Film

So it seems that 2006 will be remembered as the year of the climate film. How many more can we fit into the final three months? Any guesses?     

No complaints here, though, because what it means is that this is an issue that has truly taken root in popular consciousness, at long last.

The Straight Scoop on Hybrid Concerns

Thanks to our friend Darren for passing along this informative article about seven main concerns about buying a hybrid vehicle.

I've listed the concerns below, but you'll need to click through to read the responses!
  1. Hybrids have complicated technology that is difficult or expensive to fix
  2. Hybrids have limited battery pack life
  3. Hybrids have technical problems like stalling and sputtering
  4. Hybrids do not pay for themselves to justify their premium cost
  5. Hybrids do not offer the driving performance needed
  6. Hybrids will not hold resale value
  7. Hybrids do not get the level of mileage promised
As it turns out, only three of the above concerns are deemed truly “legitimate” – most notably the fact that currently, a normal user can't really save enough on gas to justify the high price of a hybrid. (There are of course other, more altruistic, reasons to invest in a hybrid.)

If you've ever toyed with the idea of buying one, it's an article worth checking out.


Controversial Crusader now Canada's Climate Change Captain

There is news tonight that Rona Ambrose, Canada's Minister of the Environment has, filled her Chief of Staff position with one of the Conservative Party's more controversial figures, Dr. Darrel Reid. The post has sat vacant for more than 3 months after it was vacated by former Chief of Staff, Daniel Bernier, allegedly over differing views between him and Ambrose on the Kyoto Protocol. 

Filling his place will be Dr. Darrel Reid, who has very little, if any, experience in the area of the environment, but a great deal in the area of political controversy. For background information on Reid, a former Conservative Party election candidate and President of Focus on the Family (Canada), see here, here, here, here and here.

With regret, nowhere do we find any background in environmental policy or climate change in Dr. Reid's dossier.

Toyota Set to Get with the Times

Good news… Toyota allegedly has plans to step up its production of hybrid cars by 50% in Japan.

Of course, they are still an auto company, and far from blameless. It'll be interesting to see how the court case we blogged about last week turns out… but nonetheless, it's encouraging to hear of auto manufacturers getting with the times and shifting their trajectory in acknowledgement of the reality of climate change.

Apparently, this moved means that “Toyota is more likely than ever to overtake General Motors Corp as the world's top seller of automobiles – a position GM has held for 75 years.”

I think I'd have to call that natural selection….

Scientific American Slams the Wall Street Journal

Scientific American just published a somewhat scathing attack on the Wall Street Journal, accusing their editorial board of
hurling editorials of stunning misdirection at their readers, continuing their irresponsible drumbeat that global warming is junk science.

The DeSmogBlog would like to applaud them for their stern telling off of the paper. We couldn't have done it better ourselves:
The Wall Street Journal editorial page has for years railed against these scientific findings on climate change, even as the global consensus has reached nearly 100 percent of the scientific community.

Amen!



The Great Warming... of the Christians?

Climate change is a hot subject in film these days, it seems.

Joining the ranks is The Great Warming, a Canadian production that was shown on the Discovery Channel and that has been garnering a lot of attention in the American conservative Christian world, of all places.

The film, narrated by Alanis Morrisette and Keanu Reeves, is being targeted particularly at the powerful Christian lobby in the US (and timed to coincide with the approaching mid-term elections) because “some commentators believe the involvement of this traditionally Republican-voting group could succeed where countless scientists and environmentalists have failed and convince conservative sceptics who dismiss global warming as “alarmist” to change tack,” according to this article in the Telegraph.

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