Thu, 2006-09-28 15:27Sarah Pullman
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The Straight Scoop on Hybrid Concerns

Thanks to our friend Darren for passing along this informative article about seven main concerns about buying a hybrid vehicle.

I've listed the concerns below, but you'll need to click through to read the responses!
  1. Hybrids have complicated technology that is difficult or expensive to fix
  2. Hybrids have limited battery pack life
  3. Hybrids have technical problems like stalling and sputtering
  4. Hybrids do not pay for themselves to justify their premium cost
  5. Hybrids do not offer the driving performance needed
  6. Hybrids will not hold resale value
  7. Hybrids do not get the level of mileage promised
As it turns out, only three of the above concerns are deemed truly “legitimate” – most notably the fact that currently, a normal user can't really save enough on gas to justify the high price of a hybrid. (There are of course other, more altruistic, reasons to invest in a hybrid.)

If you've ever toyed with the idea of buying one, it's an article worth checking out.


Thu, 2006-09-28 10:17Kevin Grandia
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Inhofe's media bias claim innacurate, bordering outright falsehood

In his climate-change ain't happening State of the Union speech of Sept. 25th, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) makes the claim that climate change “skeptic” scientists do not get a fair share of media coverage.

Inhofe states:

“Scientists like MIT's Richard Lindzen, former Colarado State Climatologist Roger Pielke, the University of Alabama's Roy Spencer, and John Christy, Virginia State Climatologist Patrick Michaels, Colorado State University's William Grey, atmospehric physicist Fred Singer, Willie Soon, Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor [and] astrophysicist Sallie Baliuna, just to name a few. But you never hear of them.The media never talks about these well-established scientists.”

Thu, 2006-09-28 09:30Kevin Grandia
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CNN: Inhofe is "all alone on Capital Hill"

CNN hits back at Sen. James Inhofe's speech earlier this week in which he challenged the media by claiming that, “During the past year, the American people have been served up an unprecedented parade of environmental alarmism by the media and entertainment industry.”

Among CNN's best retorts to Inhofe's claims is this one: “Inhofe is all alone on Capital Hill these days, most Republicans believe that the scientific jury is in [on global warming].” Inhofe's Republican colleague, Rep. Christopher Shays states in the CNN rebuff that, “we have seen too much documentation to know that the world is getting warmer, we know that the ice shelves are melting and for him [Inhofe] to say otherwise just is like putting a bag over his head and not seeing it.”

Think Progress has the CNN clip.
Thu, 2006-09-28 08:32Ross Gelbspan
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NZ Climate Neanderthals Blast Network for Airing Hansen's "Alarmist" Views

The skeptical New Zealand Climate Science Coalition is pressuring TV New Zealand to “balance” the “alarmist” climate forecasts by NASA chief climate scientist James Hansen – whom they call “a supporter of global warming.”

Thu, 2006-09-28 08:20Ross Gelbspan
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Lomborg: Leave Global Warming to Our Kids Because It's Too Expensive for Us

Notorious skeptic Bjorn Lomborg recently testified in Congress at the request of Sen. James  (“Global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American People”) Inhofe.  Predictably, Lomborg called on the APAC 6 to ignore Kyoto because it's too expensive – without any recognition of all the wealth and jobs a global transition to clean energy would create.  And nowhere does he justify his outrageous assertion that addressing climate change will cost $5 to $8 trillion. His sponsors, in

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