Legal Opinion Finds Canada in Violation of Kyoto

The attached legal opinion, commissioned by Friends of the Earth and conducted by international legal expert Dr. Roda Verheyen, finds Canada in current violation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (especially the Kyoto agreement), and likely in further violation of “the customary international law principle of good faith.”

The crime, however, is that the Kyoto Accord currently allows no enforceable penalties. The consequences under the agreement as it stands are only that the UNFCCC will assess higher greenhouse gas reducted targets against Canada in the future -an irrelevancy as long as the Canadian government is happy to flout those targets so unconscionably.

Climate spin turns to hyper-mode with dem wins

Rep. John DingellWith the Democrats owning the balance of power in Congress, and possibly even the Senate, there is already talk of real US action on climate change. According to E&E daily, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) is poised to chair the Energy and Commerce committee. Darren Samuelson of E&E reports that Dingell “is expected to hold a series of hearings on global warming specifically, as well as direct oversight of U.S. EPA's most controversial air emission regulations.”

On the other side of the coin, the spin on climate change has all the signs of escalating to hyper-mode with articles like this one issued today from the oil industry darlings, the Business and Media Institute.

NRSP = "Now Really Secret Payments"

Tim Lambert, at deltoid, has come up with another great play on words for the NRSP, Canada's new climate change denial group, . As we reported yesterday, the executive director of the Natural Resource Stewardship Project, Tom Harris, claims that “a confidentiality agreement doesn't allow him to say whether energy companies are funding his group.” We thought tagging the NRSP as “Not Really Science People” was clever, but Tim has added to the fun by claiming Harris recieves “Now Really Secret Payments.

Wall Street Journal's Op-ed Editors Get Bjorn-Again!

The Danish government may have found Bjorn Lomborg guilty of “scientific dishonesty”, and “unscientific” reports but that doesn't faze the editors of the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ recently gave Lomborg a huge amount of space for a mind-numbing and highly misleading critique of Britain's “Stern Review”.  (The Stern Review, which sounds the alarm about accelerating climate change and estimates that inaction by the world's governments could cost the global economy up to 20 percent of its GDP, was compiled by a team headed by Sir Nicholas Stern, a former World Bank economist).

Correction: We Were Wrong About ExxonProfits

How embarrassing: the DeSmogBlog has reported, at least twice, that ExxonMobil posted profits of $9.92 billion in the third quarter this year. That's incorrect. At least, it's old news.

The $9.92 figure was last year's total. Third quarter profits for this year were $10.49 billion. Profit for the first nine months of 2006 totalled $29.25 billion.


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