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Tue, 2007-06-05 10:17Bill Miller
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EU carbon-trade scheme fails to reduce greenhouse gases

A BBC investigation has found that after more than two years the program has boosted electricity bills and given windfall profits to power companies without achieving its touted objective of slashing carbon emissions.

Tue, 2007-06-05 06:12Ross Gelbspan
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Didn't Bush Say Climate Change Needed "More Study"?

The Bush administration is drastically scaling back efforts to measure global warming from space, just as the president tries to convince the world the U.S. is ready to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gases.

Scientists said they will face major gaps in data that can be collected only from satellites about ice caps and sheets, surface levels of seas and lakes, sizes of glaciers, surface radiation, water vapor, snow cover and atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Mon, 2007-06-04 11:06Ross Gelbspan
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China's New Climate Plan -- Made in the USA?

China vowed to “blaze a new path to industrialisation” today as it unveiled its first national plan on climate change.

But in a blow to efforts to tackle global warming, the world's second biggest producer of greenhouse gases refused to accept binding targets for emissions, saying wealthy developed nations must take the bulk of the responsibility for the problem.

Mon, 2007-06-04 06:28Ross Gelbspan
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Reality Check: Maybe Bush Does Represent Americans!

Public opinion polls show a significant increase in the number of Americans who support strong climate action.

Deeper digging shows this support is superficial, too thin to drive the rapid sociopolitical change now required. For the first time, however, a small, but measurable number of Americans – probably no more than 3% – identify climate change as the greatest threat.

Sat, 2007-06-02 09:30Ross Gelbspan
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New Bush Disaster Plan: Should We Feel Protected or Paranoid?

The Bush administration is writing a new plan to maintain governmental control in the wake of an attack or overwhelming natural disaster, moving such doomsday planning for the first time from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to officials inside the White House.

The policy makes no reference to Congressional checks and balances on the president's power to impose martial law or other extraordinary measures. Nor does it acknowledge the National Emergencies Act, a law that gives Congress the right to override the president's determination. Instead. the Bush team is pushing controversial theory that the Constitution gives the president an unwritten power to disobey laws at his own discretion.

Thu, 2007-05-31 11:46Kevin Grandia
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NASA's trouble in the hen house, top scientist slams administrator

The big story today, which we wrote about last night was some outrageous statements made by White House appointed NASA administrator, Michael Griffin.

Today, Jim Hansen, a top NASA scientist is coming back at Griffin hard in an exclusive interview with ABC News. Hansen states:

It's an incredibly arrogant and ignorant statement,” Hansen told ABC News. “It indicates a complete ignorance of understanding the implications of climate change.”
Thu, 2007-05-31 11:15Kevin Grandia
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NASA Administrator the White House "denier-of-the-day"

In the same week that NASA scientists are reporting that we are at a dangerous and critical global warming tipping point, their top administrator will take to the airwaves tomorrow morning with a very different, if not diametrically opposite message.

According to a NPR press release out today, Michael Griffin, President Bush's appointment to the NASA administrator position, states:

…a trend of global warming exists, I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with.” H/T: Prometheus and Rabbet Run

Thu, 2007-05-31 06:45Ross Gelbspan
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Rex, We Know About 3,000 Scientists You Might Ask

ExxonMobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson continued his company's history of questioning the causes of climate change. Talking to shareholders, Tillerson said: “We don't have a difference of views that it's an important issue. We have differences about what we know and what we don't know.”
Tue, 2007-05-29 13:17Kevin Grandia
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Are you a global warming denier? Take the Heib Global Warming Test

A DeSmogBlog fan passed on to us a “Global Warming Test” making the email rounds today.

The site is run by Monte and Harrison Heib and the intro for the test states:

“Caution: This section contains sound science, not media hype, and may therefore contain material not suitable for young people trying to get a good grade in political correctness.”

Sound science?

We have learned here at the DeSmogBlog that any disclaimer containing the words “sound science” most likely means you're about to be spun faster than a weather vain. And the Heib Test proves, once again, that this is a “sound assumption.”

Tue, 2007-05-29 09:50Bill Miller
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Mum Harper seen backing Bush effort to undermine international climate-change pact

The Prime Minister is under fire from both Liberals and New Democrats for remaining non-committal on whether Canada will back a proposal by Germany for a post-Kyoto agreement when G8 nations meet in Germany next week. China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa will also be part of the discussions.

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