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Thu, 2006-03-30 08:45Ross Gelbspan
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US Royalties to Big Oil Give a New ($100 Billion) Meaning to "Black Gold"

Incentives for oil and gas companies that drill in the Gulf of Mexico will cost the federal government at least $20 billion over the next 25 years, according to the draft of a Congressional report obtained on Tuesday.

The new estimates, prepared by the Government Accountability Office, also warn that $80 billion in revenue could be lost over the same period if oil and gas companies win a new lawsuit that seeks a further reduction in their royalty payments.

Mon, 2006-02-13 16:34Ross Gelbspan
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Red States Warm To Climate Change

From evangelicals to students to business groups, climate change is a rising political concern.
The Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 14, 2006  
Global warming isn’t just a “blue state” issue anymore.

From the Rocky Mountain West to the Southeast, influential red-state voices are beginning to call for more concerted efforts at local, state, and federal levels to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.

Tue, 2006-02-07 08:34Ross Gelbspan
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Bush's Trump Card: More Gallons Per Mile

Card rapped as stooge: Critics say energy advice is tainted

The Boston Herald, Feb. 7, 2006

Environmentalists yesterday blasted President Bush’s energy budget as the product of an administration dominated by ex-oil and auto industry executives — including former auto lobbyist turned White House chief of staff Andrew Card.

Mon, 2006-02-06 10:38Ross Gelbspan
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GOP Sen. Lugar, Contradicting Bush, Calls on US To Rejoin the Kyoto Process

In a direct swipe at the head-in-the-sand Bush Administration, a major Republican Senator called on the U.S. to rejoin the Kyoto process in a major address to the U.N. Security Council:  

Among other things, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana said:

“I have urged the Bush Administration and my colleagues in Congress to return to a leadership role on the issue of climate change.

Sun, 2006-02-05 10:55Richard Littlemore
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Addicted to Oil: An Historical View

If you Google the phrase that sounded so explosive in U.S. President George Bush's mouth last week, the first post you will come up with is a Dec. 13, 2001 leader from that venerable defender of the free market, the Economist magazine.

Thu, 2006-02-02 15:36Richard Littlemore
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Addicted to Oil: G.W. Bush Conquers Step 1

There are skeptics galore dismissing U.S. President George W. Bush's admission this week that America has a problem. They look at the Texas oilman's history and doubt that he is sincere in saying that the U.S. should conserve fossil fuels or seriously explore (climate friendly) energy alternatives.

Thu, 2006-02-02 10:43Richard Littlemore
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Corporate Toolkit for Doing Right by the Environment

In stark contrast to the agitations of Steve Milloy's Corporate Social Irresponsibility Fund featured in the next post, Ceres and the Investor Network on Climate Risk have published a 24-page “toolkit” to help companies address the strategic and financial challenges associated with global climate change. The toolkit includes case studies from companies that have developed successful climate strategies, including General Electric, American Electric Power, Chevron, Ford and Bank of America and can be downloaded from either organization's website.
Wed, 2006-02-01 15:22Richard Littlemore
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Intelligent Design: Another Example of Faith-Based "Science"

The argument of Intelligent Design versus the Theory of Evolution is not exactly analagous to the argument between the climate skeptics and the (real) climate scientists. But the very existence of an ID movement, and the startling degree to which it has gained adherents in the U.S., is symptomatic of a larger public campaign to subvert science for religious or economic reasons.

Mon, 2006-01-30 14:43Jim Hoggan
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U.S. Censorship Bid is Textbook PR Manipulation

The U.S. Government's campaign to prevent its own scientists from speaking about climate change has all the earmarks of a professional Public Relations effort to control the flow of information.

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