Mon, 2006-07-24 12:07Ross Gelbspan
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Energy-Funded Pol Launches Yet Another Congressional Mannhunt

Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Republican congressman from Kentucky (and a darling of the coal, gas, oil, auto and railroad industries), will be holding yet another set of hearings on the famous “hockey stick” climate reconstruction graph by Drs. Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley and Malcolm Hughes.  Mann indicated he will testify – even though his graph has become a lightning rod for climate-change deniers.

(They deniers seem oblivious to the fact that Mann's work has been thoroughly peer-reviewed and approved by a number of studies, most recently by the US  National Research Council.  They also seem not to understand that even if Mann's work were proved to be fatally flawed, it is only the latest of many scientifically approved studies that prove we humans, by our burning of coal and oil, are trashing the planet.)

Mon, 2006-07-24 10:36Richard Littlemore
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Looking on the Brighter Side, Perversely

Here's an Akron Beacon Journal, story on the implications of climate change for the Great Lakes. The bad news: Lake Erie is expected to shrink by one-sixth over the course of the next 64 years. The good news: what's left will be a “natural” coastline, unblemished by human obstructions.

This, unfortunately, is an example of why U.S. and Canadian industry get so crazy about the Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada, two of the agencies that participated in this lake-water review. 

Mon, 2006-07-24 10:20Richard Littlemore
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European Weather, Just as a Matter of Interest

UK hottest since 1911This wraps the (record hot)  European weather over the weekend.

But climate change skeptics can still be delighted that the hockey stick can't be verified.

Mon, 2006-07-24 08:26Kevin Grandia
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Ford: enough talk, get on with solutions

Ford Europe's VP, Lewis Booth, tells stakeholders to get their act together onFord logo climate change and takes a pot-shot at his co-horts in the oil patch.

Booth says: “As an industry we continue to make improvements to our cars and our manufacturing processes´, he said. ´However, there is a considerable way to go before others, like the oil industry, accept its part in the integrated approach.” (via www.blogtorque.com)
Sun, 2006-07-23 12:21Ross Gelbspan
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NASA Turns Its Back on Planet Earth

Nasa has dropped from its mission statement it's charge to “understand and protect our home planet.”  The question is whether its new emphasis on  space exploration means the Bush Administraiton thinks it's already too late to “protect our home planet,” or whether it just thinks colonizing space is more important than keeping Earth habitable for the rest of us. 

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