Tue, 2006-10-31 07:05Ross Gelbspan
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UK's Call for Immediate Climate Action Met With Denial from OPEC and a Yawn from The White House

While officials in the UK used the Stern report to reiterate the urgency and imminence of dangerous climate change, officials in OPEC proclaimed such concerns had “no foundation in science.”  As for the Bush Administration, the response was yet another “stay the course.

Tue, 2006-10-31 06:02Richard Littlemore
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A Letter to Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe

Dear Sir,

On September 25, 2006, in a speech to the U.S. Senate, you said this:

On July 24, 2006, the Los Angeles Times featured an op-ed by Naomi Oreskes, a social scientist at the University of California San Diego and the author of a 2004 Science magazine study. Oreskes insisted that a review of 928 scientific papers showed there was 100% consensus that global warming was not caused by natural climate variations. This study was also featured in former Vice President Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

However, the analysis in Science excluded nearly 11,000 studies (more than 90% of the papers dealing with global warming), according to a critique by British social scientist Benny Peiser.
Mon, 2006-10-30 16:05Richard Littlemore
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Make ClimateScienceWatch.Org Required Reading

If you haven't already visited - and bookmarked - www.ClimateScienceWatch.org, you should rush on over. The site is run by Rick Piltz (hear a podcast recorded at the Society of Environmental Journalists [SEJ] conference) and it keeps a sharp eye for what Washington is doing (or not doing) with the information that is generated by U.S. scientists.

A great example is Piltz's post on the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, which Piltz says, “reveals limitations that point to continuing political interference.”
Mon, 2006-10-30 15:16Richard Littlemore
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Deltoid's Tim Lambert Bursts Peiser's Bubble

Deltoid blogger Tim Lambert has dealt a decisive (and entertaining) blow against Dr. Benny Peiser, the Liverpool John Moores University anthropologist who had tried to deny the accuracy ofr Naomi Oreskes' research on climate science in the peer-review literature.

Oreskes had reported in Science magazine that none of the 928 peer-reviewed articles she had found between 1993 and 2003 had disagreed with the consensus that human activity is causing climate change. Peiser took another look at the literature (or said he did) and reported that 34 papers denied or refuted the consensus.
Mon, 2006-10-30 09:45Kevin Grandia
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Senators call on Exxon to stop funding climate change denial lobby

In an act of surprising bi-partisanship so close to the mid-term elections, Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA) have penned a letter to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson demanding that Exxon, “end any further financial assistance [to groups] whose public advocacy has contributed to the small but unfortunately effective climate change denial myth.” The Senators singled out the Washington lobby group Competitive Enterprise Institute, whose penchant for promoting junk science on climate change has been stoked over the years by over $2 million oily dollars from ExMo.


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