UK Tory group plugs tax rebate for cutting energy use

A Conservative policy committee has proposed broad domestic tax rebates for those who improve energy efficiency on homes they purchase. The group also called for caps on the energy use of major appliances and a ban on goods that exceed restrictions. Britain’s ruling Labour Party, not surprisingly, has questioned the Tories’ calculations.

Frank Maisano a DeSmogger?

If someone had told me that one day I would have my picture taken with Frank Maisano in a DeSmogBlog t-shirt I would have thought they were either immensely funny or immensely delusional. Well, here's Frank and I at the Society of Environmental Journalist's Conference in matching DeSmogBlog t-shirts.

Maybe pigs do fly. It actually turns out that Maisano has a pretty darn good sense of humor.

For those of you unfamiliar with Maisano, he used to work for the Global Climate Coalition, one of the most aggressive industry-funded climate science attack groups the world ever saw.

In fact here's a 2006 article by environment writer Jim Motavalli (who also got a DSBlog shirt) about Maisano titled, Thank You for Emitting.

I think somoneshould send this to Marc Morano. (Marc_Morano@EPW.Senate.Gov)

A Lie, Repeated Often Enough, Becomes "Truth"

This is an excellent article from the Washington Post on a University of Michigan professor's research into the resilience of myths.

Dr. Norbert Schwarz has found that the harder you try to dispel a myth (eg. that the international consensus about climate change is somehow in doubt), the more you contribute to its impact, merely by the repetition.

Proud to be Canadian: NOT!

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, speaking today at the close of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Sydney, said, “I’m also very pleased that the Sydney Declaration mirrors the Canadian climate change approach on many levels.”

By which he clearly meant: We're not planning to do anything about it, either.

APEC touts "aspiration;" dashes hope

UPDATE: Environmentalists reject APEC climate agreement.  

There was never any reason to hope that the conference of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation countries was going to come to anything useful. The goal, as Australian Prime Minister John Howard stated from the outset, was to prevent the implementation of binding emission reduction targets.

Now we come away with vague climate intensity targets - little more more than business as usual - and a round of self-congratulatory rhetoric.

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