Thu, 2007-02-01 10:29Ross Gelbspan
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Chirac's Patience Taxed by US Climate Intransigence

French President Jacques Chirac warned that if the US did not sign the agreements, a carbon tax across Europe on imports from nations that have not signed the Kyoto treaty could be imposed to try to force compliance. He demanded that the United States sign both the Kyoto Protocol and a future agreement that will take effect when the Kyoto accord runs out in 2012.

Wed, 2007-01-31 16:16Richard Littlemore
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Fraser Institute: Keeping Bad Company

The Fraser Institute, the right-wing think tank that sponsored the recent political attack on the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Fourth Assessment Report, has a history of promoting the work of industry-funded science critics.
Wed, 2007-01-31 13:00Richard Littlemore
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DeSmog Leaks Advance Copy of Think Tank's IPCC Attack

UPDATED: with details of the Fraser Institute's planned press conference

A Canadian think tank’s “independent” analysis of the IPCC Summary for Policymakers is based on out-of-date information and is specifically misleading about the nature of the scientific summary that it presumes to criticize, DeSmogBlog.com President James Hoggan said Wednesday.

The Fraser Institute will release their report in London on Feb.5. Here are the details for our UK friends who might be interested in attending:

Date: February 5, 2007
Time: 10am (London time)
Location: The Atrium Restaurant (across from the Houses of Parliament), Four Millbank, Westminster

You can find a copy of the leaked document and a briefing note on the Fraser Institute here.

UPDATE: I've just uploaded a new version of the briefing note, without hyperlinks for those who want to print off a copy. Titled “print version.” (KG)

UPDATE: The Fraser Institute issued a second media advisory yesterday. H/T to Buckdog .

Wed, 2007-01-31 08:30Richard Littlemore
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"Uncertainty:" Nine bullets in a 10-chamber gun

It is appropriate to concede - on the certainty point, at least - that the Fraser Institute's anti-IPCC Report Summary is correct when it concludes, “…. there will remain an unavoidable element of uncertainty as to the extent that humans are contributing to future climate change, and indeed whether or not such change is a good or bad thing.

The IPCC can say only that there is a “> 90% probability” that humans are causing catastrophic climate change ….

Wed, 2007-01-31 07:23Ross Gelbspan
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Blakemore on What's Really New About The 2007 IPCC Report

The biggest change since the last IPCC report in 2001 is clearly not in the science. It's in the audience. This time around, far more people are ready to listen.

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