Fri, 2006-08-04 08:39Richard Littlemore
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Leaked Memo Update: Electricity Producers Respond

For those of you who don't necessarily get back to the comments on older posts, it's worth checking here, for some electricity industry counterpoints on our coverage of a leaked memo from the Intermountain Rural Electric Association.

It is, frankly, nice to see American Electric Power trying to distance itself from the corporate disinformation strategy laid out in the IREA memo. It's a little harder to swallow the not-for-profit motives of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, but by all means, check out their comments and judge for yourself

Thu, 2006-08-03 16:12Jim Hoggan
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Milloy's National Post Spin is Textbook PR Manipulation

Pure junkThe column that Junk Scientist Steven J. Milloy wrote in the National Post Aug. 2, 2006 is a textbook example - a really reprehensible example - of the kind of PR spin that is perverting the global climate change conversation.

Milloy is rising in defence of General Motors, DaimlerChrysler Corp. and the Association of Automobile Manufacturers, all of whom are suing the State if California for trying to strengthen its emissions legislation. In its own defence, in a pretrial discovery motion, California had asked for information on how much these companies were paying a group of “scientists” who are the most outspoken climate change skeptics in the United States.

Thu, 2006-08-03 13:01Ross Gelbspan
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A Fickle Pat Robertson Finds Himself On the Road to Damascus

The Rev. Pat Robertson said he hasn't been a believer in global warming in the past, but this summer's record-breaking heat is “making a convert out of me.”  And only a week ago, he bashed godless environmentalists in a session with scorched-earth skeptic James Inhofe. Said Robertson about Inhofe:  “We appreciate him, and he chairs a vital committee on this matter, and I’m glad he’s standing for some very important principles.” 
Wed, 2006-08-02 16:18Kevin Grandia
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California "skeptical" of skeptics

The National Post, Canada's second national newspaper, ran a column today written by Steve “the Junkman” Milloy. The guest editorial attacks the State of California's request for General Motors, DaimlerChrysler and the Association of Automobile Manufacturers to disclose financial payments made to many of the more notorious climate change “skeptic.”

Milloy, a climate change “skeptic” himself,  is appalled that such documents should be exposed, and it sounds like GM et al. will be this fighting this one tooth and nail.

While Milloy is trying to spin this as an attempt to “silence the skeptics,” reporting of funding sources by scientists is also a matter of full disclosure and allows a fuller context to the information the public uses to make decisions on important issues like climate change.
Wed, 2006-08-02 13:08Ross Gelbspan
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This Is Not Cool

MSNBC reports:

America in recent years has been sweltering through three times more than its normal share of extra-hot summer nights, government weather records show. And that is a particularly dangerous trend.

The most obvious negative health impact comes from heating. The UN’s weather agency has predicted a worldwide doubling of deaths due to heat waves in the next 20 years.

One finding of climate scientists is that as the planet warms, the nighttime low temperatures are rising twice as fast as the daytime high temperatures – because carbon dioxide and the other greenhouse gases are trapping in the heat overnight and preventing the normal nighttime radiational cooling. That means that when a person's body becomes heat-stressed, it does not experience the traditional nighttime cooling that allows it to recuperate.

Witness the 35,000 heat deaths in Europe two summers ago – and the heat deaths in Chicago in 1995.

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