Thu, 2006-07-20 09:43Ross Gelbspan
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Here Comes the Sun -- Yet Again!

It's all due to the sun – according to a guest column in the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel.  Unfortunately, none but a few contrarian scientists – many paid by coal and oil interests – believe that.

Virtually all legitimate climate scientists conclude that while the sun was the dominant external influence on the climate until about 150 years ago, it has since been swamped by greenhouse gases which, today, comprise about 85 percent of the external influences on the climate.

Thu, 2006-07-20 08:55Sarah Pullman
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Get Ready for McFuel!

We came across this great campaign video this week. Slightly on the cheesy side, perhaps, but a great little thing to watch if you want some tingly inspirational feelings for a pick-me-up.

It's a video set 50 years down the road, looking back at 2006 as the year that the tide turned for renewable energy. The highlight for me was the idea of MacDonald's completely remaking themselves into a biofuel company.

It was created by RenewUS – a group that “intends to stimulate enactment of broad non-partisan high-impact political and industrial policy to reduce and sequester greenhouse gases. Over the coming months and years, a variety of initiatives will engage a wide range of constituencies in a constructive program of economic, political and industrial endeavors.”

Check it out. Think we can do it?
Wed, 2006-07-19 18:58Kevin Grandia
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Listen Live: Jim Hoggan on CKNW 980 Vancouver tonight

Jim will be on CKNW 980 Vancouver tonight at 7:30 PM (PST) with  guest-host Bill Tielman about the DeSmogBlog's efforts to expose the PR spin confusing the issue of climate change.

Listen live from anywhere in the world from the CKNW website.
Wed, 2006-07-19 14:05Kevin Grandia
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Heritage Foundation goes nuclear

The oil money-backed and climate change denier lobby, the Heritage Foundation, will be holding an event later this month to discuss solutions to the impending US energy crisis. Guest speakers will include Craig Hansen, VP of Washington Operations, for the BWX Technology, a leading US nuclear energy company.

Wed, 2006-07-19 13:58Richard Littlemore
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Orwell's Ghosts Loose in the Federal Bureaucracy

There was a rumour, about a month ago, that the feds had decreed that allOrwell's 1984 references to Kyoto should be removed from publicly accessible websites “effective immediately” - presumably to conform to the federal Conservatives' hostile new approach to Kyoto and the political preference to cozy up instead to the do-nothing crowd in the Asia Pacfic Partnership on Clean Development and Climate.

Although the source of the rumour was “usually reliable,” the notion seemed entirely too Orwellian.

But now we have this: The feds' own climate change site once offered a verbose, but realistic analysis of the problem and a high-minded, but unconvincing account of what the government was doing about it (see the full text, appended at the bottom).

Now it says merely:

The Government of Canada is committed to the development and implementation of a Made-in-Canada plan for reducing greenhouse gases and ensuring clean air, water, land and energy for Canadians. The Made-in-Canada approach will be effective, realistic and focus on achieving sustained reductions in emissions in Canada while ensuring a strong economy. The Government will develop solutions that have clear environmental benefits to Canada and improve our ability to market new technologies around the world.

Never mind removing a reference to Kyoto; the words “climate change” have been expunged from everything except the website title. It might be worth checking back in a week or two to see if the (melting) iceberg in the picture is actually getting bigger.

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