Sat, 2006-11-25 19:40Richard Littlemore
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Climate Change Economics From a Real Economist

In an article entitled Mr. Corcoran, Meet Mr. Orwell, the Financial Post gives Simon Fraser University economist Mark Jaccard space to skewer its own editor, Terence Corcoran.

Jaccard makes all kinds of good sense arguing that a carbon tax would be the most effective way to begin to address the greenhouse gas problem. He also says that Corcoran's recent “diatribe (to the contrary) reminds me of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, with Mr. Corcoran as Minister of Truth - redefining concepts and rewriting history to accord with his opposition to reducing such greenhouse gas emissions as carbon dioxide.”

Fri, 2006-11-24 08:32Richard Littlemore
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A RealClimate Review of the Denying Duo

David Archer at www.RealClimate.org attended a recent Heartland Institute luncheon and lecture featuring the denying duo, Dennis Avery (who is famous for his misleading claims about the health risks of organic foods) and S. Fred Singer (who is famous for his coincidental scientific endorsement of industries, from big tobacco to fossil fuel, who happen to be paying money directly to him or to his Science and Environmental Policy Project).

Archer's report, Avery and Singer: Unstoppable hot air, is a play on the title of Singer's latest book, Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1,500 years.
Thu, 2006-11-23 09:27Richard Littlemore
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What's our target for the rate of mugging little old ladies?

That cold, dark question appeared in the latest article by the New Yorker's incomparable Elizabeth Kolbert, one of the smartest, clearest and most engaging writers working the climate change beat today.

Kolbert was quoting Ken Caldeira, whose Caldeira Lab is part of the Carnegie Institution at Stanford University. And Caldeira was explaining why he thought our ultimate target for human-generated CO2 emissions is zero.

“If you're talking about mugging little old ladies, you don't say, 'What's our target for the rate of mugging little old ladies?'”

Thu, 2006-11-23 08:10Richard Littlemore
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No Signatures on Stealth Denial Website

Here' s a chilling little website, a totally anonymous exploration of “science” that asks, hopefully, “Are we doing things that speed up this (climate) cycle or perhaps is global warming slowing the onset of the next ice age?”

Absent any mention of a funding source or a single credentialed contributor, you have to take the site with a truckload of salt. But it looks relatively credible and assumes a moderate tone - a phony even-handedness - that seems intended to draw in the unwary.

So … be wary.

Wed, 2006-11-22 09:06Richard Littlemore
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S. Fred Singer: One Whopper on Top of Another

Dr. S. Fred Singer, denier for hire, wades into the Financial Post letters page today to claim, once again, that he is innocent of accepting money from big oil or big tobacco. Complaining of previous attention from the DeSmogBlog, the good doctor says:

“Although tobacco has nothing to do with the global warming debate, Mr. (Kevin) Grandia suggests that I sell my science to special interests. And since he cannot show that I am 'in the pay of the oil lobby,' tobacco will have to do.”

Well, Fred, yes we can show that you are “in the pay of the oil lobby .” Tobacco was just a bonus.

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