DEBATE ON GLOBAL WARMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By: Fshhead , 6:52 AM GMT on May 10, 2006

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This is my continuing blog on global warming. If you are new visitor, please look at last couple of blog entrys also on global warming!!!!










"There are so many arguments proving & disputing global warming that people can't seem to agree completly on it. But for all the preperations that we make for hurricanes & other disasters, what do we have to lose if we prepare for global warming as if the worst might come true?
The answer is pure common sense. We should try to eliminate the variables that cause global warming instead of just arguing about it. It's like a hurricane- if we prepare for the worst, it can only save lives & money. If it does not come, no one will have been hurt & we may even have a healthier Earth."

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1561. akaPROSTAR
4:18 AM GMT on March 20, 2007
from akaprostar:

an interesting thing happens if you leave your blog in the "logout" status. It can now be hacked/modified/etc. by anyone who finds it at that moment. See mine for an example.

Oh, thanks for the great forum. You do a much better job than either me or greenpiece put together.
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1560. Lovethetropics
9:13 AM GMT on February 21, 2007
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1559. Fshhead
4:59 AM GMT on February 21, 2007
LOL OKAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOU DONT HAVE TO SHOUT, I WAS ALREADY THINKING OF DOING THAT~
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1558. MisterPerfect
4:57 AM GMT on February 21, 2007
MIGHT WANT TO START A NEW BLOG SO MORE PEOPLE CAN ACCESS YOUR BLOG.. JUST A THOUGHT... MIGHT GET MORE PLAY... YOU'RE TREATING A THREATENING TOPIC LIKE ITS SOMETHING YOU'RE TOO LAZY TO CLEAN UP..IN THE GARAGE OR ATTIC.. REFRESH YOUR BLOG OR PEOPLE WILL THINK YOU'RE JUST ANOTHER WINDBAG PREACHING AIR QUALITY WHILE FLYING ON A PRIVATE JET ONLY TO LAND AND ENTER A SUV... GIVE US HOPE...
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1557. Fshhead
4:51 AM GMT on February 21, 2007
Associated Press
Electric Car Production to Be in N.M.
By DEBORAH BAKER 02.20.07, 10:25 AM ET

Electric cars could begin rolling off an Albuquerque assembly line in 2009 - and they'll look nothing like golf carts.

New Mexico's biggest city will be home to an automobile assembly facility for Tesla Motors' all-electric, four-door, five-passenger sedan that will sell for at least $50,000.
"I really believe the future is electric vehicles. I think we will look back upon gasoline-powered cars ... as a temporary aberration," company chairman Elon Musk said Monday during a news conference.

Musk was a co-founder of the PayPal online payment system and is founder and chief executive officer of Space X, which develops and manufactures space launch vehicles.

The $35 million facility on Albuquerque's west side will mean 400 new jobs, Gov. Bill Richardson said.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., who attended the event, said there's a mandate from the American people to reduce the addiction to foreign oil and deal with the problem of global warming.

"We're going to be a major participant in seeing electric cars become the cars of the future," Bingaman said.

Tesla Motors Inc., founded in 2003 and based in San Carlos, Calif., has more than 160 employees at design, engineering and manufacturing facilities in California, Michigan, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Its first vehicle, a two-seat sports car, will begin production this year at a facility in England.

The company plans to produce at least 10,000 cars a year at the Albuquerque plant, with the first cars slated to be ready in the fall of 2009. They would be able to travel 250 miles before being recharged, officials said.

Construction is scheduled to begin in April on the 150,000-square-foot plant.

"This really fits us like a glove," said Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, noting that the city is also home to Eclipse Aviation, an innovator in personal jet transportation.

Tesla will get incentives from the state that include the high-wage job tax credit, the manufacturer's investment tax credit and help from the Job Training Incentive Program, Richardson said.

The governor also has committed $3.5 million in capital projects funding during this legislative session and another $3.5 million next year. The money would go to Bernalillo County for building and infrastructure investment related to the plant.

Albuquerque and Bernalillo County have agreed to help with development of infrastructure to the site.

And Richardson said state agencies will investigate the purchase of 100 of Tesla's Albuquerque-produced vehicles over two years for the state fleet.
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The vehicle they are referring to is the White Star that I talked about earlier.
Hmmmmm the good Gov. is in the running for the presidency & has good qualifications!!!! I already checked into him a little. Well if he really gets behind them & starts getting them the financial push they need.... Never know this could be a huge plus for his campaign....
Go Tesla Go!!!!!


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1556. snowboy
12:06 PM GMT on February 19, 2007
U.S. science group calls for action on global warming

Last Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2007 | 10:03 PM ET

CBC News


World leaders should take action on climate change, the American Association for the Advancement of Science said on Sunday.


"We are already experiencing global climate change. It is time to muster the political will for concerted action," the association's board said in its first consensus statement on the issue, released at the group's annual meeting in San Francisco.

"The time to control greenhouse gas emissions is now" because waiting to address climate change will be harder and more expensive, the group said.

The association is calling for research to "transform the existing and future energy systems of the world away from technologies that emit greenhouse gases."

The group, the largest general science society in the world, said the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now higher than at any time in 650,000 years, and the average temperature on Earth is heading for levels not experienced for millions of years.

Predicted problems caused by warming, such as droughts, heat waves, floods, wildfires and severe storms "are early warning signs of even more devastating damage to come, some of which will be irreversible."

The association said the problems are worse in the Far North, a conclusion that Canadian scientists and politicians have also reached.

In Shishmaref, Alaska, retreating sea ice and the rising level of the Arctic Ocean are driving the 600 residents from the village, and destroying their way of life.

Regions around the Arctic "are like the coal miner's canary, the early warning to the rest of us of the extent to which the Earth's climate is changing," association president John Holdren said in a release.

A majority of Americans agree that global warming is real, but are not sure how serious it is, surveys taken by Jon Krosnick, a Stanford University professor of communication and political science, show.

Because the media has covered the story in a "balanced" way, the small minority of scientists who doubt global warming get equal play to that of the 99 per cent who believe the problem is serious, Krosnick said Sunday.

A report by Krosnick was released at the association's meeting.
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1555. Fshhead
11:16 AM GMT on February 19, 2007
Tropics actually it's freakin' freezing here. Us S. floridians are not used to this lol. I just checked the local weather station on this site & the reading was 33 degreeslol WOW!!!
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1554. Lovethetropics
9:40 AM GMT on February 19, 2007
Good morning Fshhead!! Wake up, it's Monday!!
Have a warm and beautiful day!!

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1553. Fshhead
8:11 AM GMT on February 19, 2007
lol yea Simon I know its "my" blog but I feel like its everyones blog too... I was just kind of interested if anyone felt it should go in a new direction thats all. Personally I like it the way it is now. So if a person really wants to look at all the info we have compiled over the past9 months its all right there. I had a couple of other ones also that had some really good stuff in it. Most people will never see that cause they think there is only on entry for you.
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1551. Lovethetropics
2:49 PM GMT on February 18, 2007
Good morning Fshhead!!
Have a warm and magical day!!


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1550. Fshhead
8:59 PM GMT on February 17, 2007
Simos, I was thinking that very thing earlier lol.
What does everyone think?? Should I start a new one?? Also any ideas on if I should leave it as a debate on warming or switch it to something like ways to combat warming?
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1548. Fshhead
8:25 PM GMT on February 17, 2007
World temperatures continue to climb
17th February 2007, 5:45 WST

World temperatures in January were the highest ever recorded for that month of the year, US government scientists said today.

“The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the highest for any January on record,” according to scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climate Data Centre in Asheville, North Carolina.

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was 0.85C warmer than the 20th-century average of 12C for January based on preliminary data, NOAA said.

The figures surpass the previous record set in 2002 at 0.71C above average.

Land surface temperature was a record 1.89C warmer than average, while global ocean surface temperature was the fourth warmest in 128 years, about 0.05C cooler than the record established during the very strong El Nino climate phenomenon in 1998.

A moderate El Nino started in September and continued into January before weakening, NOAA said.

El Nino is an occasional seasonal warming of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean that upsets normal weather patterns from the western seaboard of Latin America to East Africa, and potentially has a global impact on climate.

“The presence of El Nino along with the continuing global warming trend contributed to the record warm January,” NOAA said.

“The unusually warm conditions contributed to the second lowest January snow cover extent on record for the Eurasian continent,” it said.

“During the past century, global surface temperatures have increased at a rate near 0.06C per decade, but the rate of increase has been three times larger since 1976, or 0.18C per decade, with some of the largest temperature increases occurring in the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere,” it said.

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1547. Lovethetropics
11:09 AM GMT on February 17, 2007
Good morning Fshhead!!


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1546. Fshhead
10:54 AM GMT on February 17, 2007

Click me!!!!

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1545. Fshhead
8:46 PM GMT on February 16, 2007
Senators Tell Global Forum U.S. Must Lead on Warming
February 15, 2007 — By Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Corporate moguls, policy experts and U.S. senators spoke with one voice about global warming Wednesday, telling a world forum that the United States must take a lead role in cutting greenhouse gases if it wants to encourage China and India to do the same.

At a Capitol Hill meeting that included representatives from the Group of Eight industrialized nations plus China, India, South Africa, Brazil and the European Union, Sen. John McCain put the case for action on climate change bluntly.

"The debate is over, my friends," the Arizona Republican said. "Now the question is what do we do? Do we act, do we care enough about the young people of the next generation to act seriously and meaningfully, or are we going to just continue this debate and this discussion?"

McCain said the push to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that spur global climate change was a national security issue, and that voluntary efforts to limit these emissions from vehicles, power plants and other human sources "will not change the status quo."

McCain and Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut Democrat, have pushed legislation that would set limits on the emission of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide, and allow those that exceed them to trade with others that are under the limit, a plan known as cap-and-trade.

Lieberman, who also addressed the group in the ornate Senate Caucus Room, noted growing momentum for U.S. action "after many years of denial and inaction" on global warming.

"I want to make a prediction, which is that the Congress of the United States will enact a nationwide law mandating substantial reductions in greenhouse gases before the end of this Congress or early in the next," Lieberman said. This session of Congress ends in late 2008.

The Bush administration has rejected calls for mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions, maintaining that such caps would harm the U.S. economy.

Jim Rogers, the chief of Duke Energy, applauded the mandatory cap-and-trade approach, and stressed that if the United States did not act soon to cut greenhouse emissions, fast-developing China and India probably would not participate in any global emissions-cutting program.

Sir Richard Branson, chief of Virgin Airlines and other ventures, said leadership and sacrifice were required to tackle global warming, but credited the United States for growing markets for renewable energy and green technologies.

Branson announced last week in London a $25 million prize for the first person to find a way to scrub greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Source: Reuters


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1542. Lovethetropics
2:03 PM GMT on February 16, 2007

Good morning Fshhead!!
Have a musical day full of magic!!

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1541. Fshhead
8:18 PM GMT on February 15, 2007
Debate over global warming is shifting
Some skeptics resolute, others revisiting views

By John Donnelly, Globe Staff | February 15, 2007

WASHINGTON -- With Democrats controlling the environmental agenda in Congress, a panel of international scientists saying there's a greater-than-90 percent chance that humans contribute to global warming, and former vice president Al Gore calling climate change a moral issue, many besieged global warming skeptics are starting to tone down their rhetoric.

Some, though, are sticking to aggressive tactics, even contending they are gaining momentum. And they have influential allies: some scientists, conservative think-tank pundits, a minority of Republicans in Congress, and a sympathetic White House that has rejected attempts to force companies to curb carbon dioxide emissions -- even though the vast majority of scientists say those emissions are heating up the earth.

Still, both sides acknowledge that the global warming debate has changed significantly in recent weeks. The biggest factor is the Feb. 2 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC -- a review of scientific literature by hundreds of scientists who determined that it is more than 90 percent certain humans contribute to global warming.

That seemingly irrefutable conclusion helped shift the position of ExxonMobil, which had taken the strongest stance among oil companies against global warming policy.

Last week, Rex W. Tillerson , ExxonMobil's chief executive, acknowledged that greenhouse gases from car and industrial exhausts are factors in global warming, a stark reversal in the company's long-held position. For years, ExxonMobil has funded several Washington think tanks that have questioned the science -- and whether national policies would be effective.

Scott Barrett , a global warming believer and director of the International Policy Program at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies , said ExxonMobil's about-face is significant. "They accepted the responsibility to do something, and that could change the debate" from uncertainty about climate change to finding solutions to a fast-approaching crisis, he said.

Other oil giants, including BP and Shell, had made the shift much earlier; both are aggressively promoting fossil-fuel alternatives such as solar and wind power.

"A lot of the focus is going to shift into how much effort you should put into reducing emissions versus adapting to climate change," Barrett said. Adapting to a warmer global climate, he said, could include anything from building farther inland to guard against rises in sea level to investing in a malaria vaccine, anticipating that disease-carrying mosquitoes could spread northward from the tropics.

The debate shift has been felt elsewhere as well. The American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington think tank that had offered $10,000 last year to scientists to challenge the IPCC report, is rethinking the project, said Kenneth Green , who is overseeing the effort.

"There is a backlash growing against skeptics, a kind of climate inquisition," said Green. "What do people do if they have alternative ideas and they don't have independent institutions to back them up? They will be attacked

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Like I have said before, I think 2007 will go down in the history books as the year we finally woke up & DID something about this huge problem!
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1538. Lovethetropics
9:37 AM GMT on February 14, 2007

Good morning Fshhead!! Wake up, it's Valentine's Day!
Have a wonderful day!!


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1537. Fshhead
9:25 AM GMT on February 14, 2007
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1536. Fshhead
12:24 AM GMT on February 13, 2007
Senator Barbara Boxers Pac for a change.
Help Set Our Global Warming Agenda

Last year, I promised you that if the voters placed Democrats in charge of the Senate we would see a new agenda in Washington. Instead of sweeping issues like Iraq and global warming under the rug, we would shine the spotlight on them and demand a new direction for our country.

My friends, our day has come. Several colleagues and a variety of experts are testifying before my committee, offering their opinions about the best way Congress can act to tackle global warming. But I want to hear from you, too. As we prepare to take action, now is the time to make your voice heard!

Please prioritize the possible solutions for addressing global warming below -- so I know what solutions are most important to you!

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Well here you go folks. This link is right to the survey by Boxer. Take the survey & write in your views so your voice can be heard!!!!!!!
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1535. Fshhead
12:07 AM GMT on February 13, 2007
LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Willis Group Holdings Ltd (WSH.N: Quote, Profile , Research), the world's third-largest insurance broker, is teaming up with leading climate scientists to use one of the world's largest supercomputers to help insurers predict how climate change may lead to more and costlier natural catastrophes.

Over the next three years Willis will work with teams of researchers in Japan and the UK to use the Earth Simulator supercomputer to help insurers get a better understanding of a range of disasters, it said on Monday.

"It will allow us to model ... regional weather events that climate change may bring about, which is a huge step forward," said Rowan Douglas, chairman of the Willis Research Network.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the most authoritative group on global warming comprising 2,500 scientists from 130 nations, issued a report this month that predicted severe rains, melting glaciers, droughts, heat waves and rising sea levels as a result of rising world temperatures.

The insurance industry is among those at the forefront of research into climate change as around one third of its overall claims are from weather-related natural disasters.

It had a bill of over $83 billion from damages from U.S. hurricanes in 2005 and could pay out up to 8 billion euros ($10.39 billion) on the Kyrill windstorm that struck northern Europe last month.

The Willis initiative hopes to provide for the first time reliable forecasts for insurers of the number and severity of hurricanes, typhoons, floods and heat waves climate change may cause in specific areas in the next five to 10 years.

The Earth Simulator is one of the few computers with the power to provide such detailed climate models. Housed in a special earthquake-proof building in Yokohama, it is the size of four tennis courts.
"What it allows us to do is produce simulations that really do look like the real world," said Julia Slingo, acting director of the Walker Institute, a climate research centre that is part of the Willis initiative.

"There is no doubt that in the next few years the increased skill of our models, as a result of being able to work with the Earth Simulator, will lead to improved seasonal forecasts and climate change projections," Slingo said.

This should also give investors more confidence in investing in the sector.

"The fear of potential climate change is acting as a significant barrier to certainty in the industry," said Douglas.

Improved modelling will allow them to "confront the uncertainty as best we can", Douglas said.

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Hopefully when this research comes out all the people who keep saying they dont trust the climate models accuracy will change their minds....
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1534. Lovethetropics
9:32 AM GMT on February 12, 2007
Good morning Fshhead!! Wake up, it's Monday!!
Have a magical day!!

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1533. Fshhead
9:30 AM GMT on February 12, 2007
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1532. Fshhead
7:59 PM GMT on February 11, 2007
U.S. must lead in war against global warming
Article Last Updated: 02/11/2007 07:08:31 AM PST


ALTHOUGH not as stunning as advertised, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's much-anticipated report on global warming gives policymakers plenty of reasons to act.
Compiled by hundreds of scientists representing 113 governments, the report provides expert affirmation of the climate change we've become increasingly aware of in recent years. Global warming is an "unequivocal" reality that is seriously altering the Earth's climate, the report says, noting that human-spawned pollution has caused much of the change in the past 50-going-on-60 years.

Adding urgency to the message were projections that the alteration of our environment and weather patterns will continue. Average temperatures are expected to increase from 2 to 11.5 degrees by 2100 and sea levels to rise 7 to 23 inches, flooding many coastal areas. Such patterns may accelerate if we don't curb greenhouse gas emissions. The longer we wait to address it, the more lethal global warming is apt to become.
It was the fourth assessment since 1990 of climate change by the international panel, but the first to assert with "more than 90 percent confidence" that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases have "very likely" been the main culprits in climate change.

The century ahead will clearly be challenging for mankind and other species. Increased heat waves, droughts, hurricanes, rainfall, floods, and both less snowfall and greater glacial melting will alter Earth's environment.

How bad it gets depends on what action is taken to reduce the quantity of greenhouse gases we spew into the atmosphere. Some species face extinction.

To address the problem, the report calls for new international talks and movement toward an agreement in which all nations act to cut emissions. Since global warming is a worldwide problem, involvement of the U.N. and other international organizations is crucial to success.

But committed leadership also is needed from our nation. The United States is, after all, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, providing about 25 percent of the total.

Partly because of resistance by the Bush administration, we have failed to adopt international agreements on greenhouse gases and climate change. We can no longer afford to do so.
U.S. leadership could be crucial in getting other industrial nations and emerging powers, such as China and India, to act to limit the emission of atmosphere-eroding gases. We can't use others' reluctance to act as an excuse to ignore global warming. The U.S. must not only accelerate efforts to address climate change domestically, we need to be a leader internationally.

Advocates say the report provided the "scientific smoking gun" needed to get the world's attention and trigger human response to threats posed by global warming.

It's encouraging to see national leaders finally getting serious about the issue. Whether the Bush administration drags its feet or not, Congress should follow California's example and take the initiative to cut toxic emissions and encourage the development of cleaner forms of energy that have less negative impacts on Earth's atmosphere.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, says the report is 'a wake-up call to those policymakers who have ignored this issue."

Fighting global warming must become a major part of our nation's mission and responsibility. We owe it to our children and the world.

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Pretty much what I have been saying all along.
We need to lead this battle!!!!!!!!!
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1531. Fshhead
8:26 PM GMT on February 10, 2007

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1530. Fshhead
7:49 PM GMT on February 10, 2007
Exxon Mobil Warming Up To Global Climate IssueBy Steven Mufson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 10, 2007; Page D01

When it comes to the issue of climate change, Exxon Mobil says it has been misunderstood.

"Many people want to stick us in a bucket that says we want to deny this," said the company's vice president for public affairs, Kenneth P. Cohen, during a conference call this week. "That is flat wrong."

Cohen said that the world's largest publicly traded oil company, long the leading corporate symbol of skepticism about global warming, has never denied the existence of climate change. He added that "the global ecosystem is showing signs of warming, particularly in polar areas" and "the appropriate debate isn't on whether the climate is changing but rather should be on what we should be doing about it."

The modest statement, coupled with the disclosure last year that the company is no longer funding a Washington think tank critical of climate change actions, is reshaping the oil giant's role in congressional efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions.

While Cohen says that Exxon Mobil hasn't changed its position, many people in the environmental and scientific communities say the company's stance marks at least an evolution, if not an about-face.

"I think that their position on the science of global warming has definitely changed," said Dan Lashof, deputy director of climate at the Natural Resources Defense Council. "They found that it was untenable to be in a position of casting doubt on whether global warming is happening and whether pollution is responsible for that."

"There's a very long paper trail," said Andrew Logan, director of the oil program at Ceres, a Boston-based group trying to marshal shareholders to press corporations on environmental issues. Now, Logan said, "If they're shifting their rhetoric away from debating the existence of the problem and toward solutions, that is important and I think a step forward."

In an earlier interview, Cohen said that with Congress's sights set on greenhouse gases, the oil giant wants "to be part of those discussions." He said that Exxon Mobil had met with policymakers to "lay out first principles" -- using market forces, not picking winners and weighing warming risks against the costs of action -- without endorsing any particular measure. He said an endorsement from Exxon Mobil would probably be death to any legislative proposal.

Asked whether the company would favor a cap-and-trade method of limiting greenhouse gases, Cohen said, "The devil's in the details. That's neither a yes nor a no. It's a definite maybe."

Exxon Mobil has a lot at stake. According to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the carbon dioxide emitted by the end users of all of Exxon Mobil's products is greater than the emissions of all but five countries.The company has been the poster child of denial among those convinced of global warming. It opposed the Kyoto climate change treaty. In 2001, it pressed the Bush administration to remove an outspoken scientist from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In 2005, a White House official accused of altering scientific reports to cast more doubt on global warming went to work for the company.

The company has also been accused of financing policy groups as surrogates for sowing doubts about the causes of global warming. The Competitive Enterprise Institute received about $2 million over seven years. Cohen said that Exxon's foundation, which he heads, decided in 2005 to cut funding, though that came to light only last fall.


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Wow now you know it's serious if they are starting to change their stance....
I REALLY hope they are serious!!!!!
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1529. Fshhead
8:10 AM GMT on February 10, 2007
US Energy Secy Tells Congress 'no' to Emissions Cap

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WASHINGTON - US Energy Secretary Sam Bodman told Congress on Thursday the Bush administration would continue to oppose a mandatory cap on the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions spewed by the United States, the world's top polluter.

Bodman however said he would work with Congress to craft a bill to fight global warming.

Clearing global warming legislation is a priority of the new Democratic-controlled Congress, which, along with Europe, is critical of the White House's current program of only asking US companies to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The United States is the world's only developed country, besides Australia, that did not ratify the Kyoto Protocol that limits emissions from 35 rich countries in its first phase.

Rep. John Dingell, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said his panel is working to finish a global warming bill by June 1 and will hold two hearings on the matter next week.

Dingell said the legislation "will be fair" and hopefully have input and support from both Democrats and Republicans.

"This is a complex and difficult matter. We seek, and hope we can count on, the administration's involvement," Dingell said at a committee hearing on the Energy Department's proposed budget for the 2008 spending year.

Bodman said he would "of course" offer assistance in writing the bill.

He said President George W. Bush believes global warming is a serious problem and that the president is aware the United States produces 25 percent of world's greenhouse gas emissions, but nonetheless the administration would be against imposing a hard limit on emissions from the US market.

Rep. Joe Barton, the top Republican on the energy committee, said global warming is "becoming a larger and larger issue for the public each day," which has both a policy and political significance.

"This may be the year that we have a meeting of those two issue at the same time," Barton said.

Despite opposing a cap on greenhouse gas emission, Bodman said the Bush administration can take a world leadership role in fighting global warming.

For example, he pointed out that Bush's plan to replace 20 percent of US gasoline demand over the next decade with alternative fuels would cut emissions.


Story by Tom Doggett

Story Date: 9/2/2007



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1528. Fshhead
8:03 AM GMT on February 10, 2007
Great job Trouper!!!! Round of applause for Trouper y'all....
CLAP,CLAP,CLAP
Remember guys, I posted Bill McKibben's letter before a few posts up. April 14 , mark it on your calenders!!
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1527. Trouper415
10:09 PM GMT on February 09, 2007
WOOOHOOO!

I was at a local highschool today volunteering with an oranization called Next Generation educating and getting them more aware about Global Warming and what they can do to help solve it.

Awsome getting the young people interested and
involved!!!

Peace On Earth
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1525. Fshhead
9:09 PM GMT on February 09, 2007
Snowboy, I sure hope that meant for him to post in english cause I have no clue what he is saying lol. Welcome anyways GulfChad
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1524. Fshhead
9:07 PM GMT on February 09, 2007
Posted By: snowboy at 8:58 PM GMT on February 09, 2007.

Fshhead, the Chinese car fleet is ALREADY more fuel efficient than the US car fleet. Now tell me with a straight face that it's unreasonable to ask the US auto industry to get with it..


Yea, I brought that point up a little while ago, I think that's when someone told me to go live in China lol.
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1523. snowboy
9:07 PM GMT on February 09, 2007
GulfChad, es waere gut wenn Du auf Englisch Deine Posts eingeben koenntest, sonst kann Dich niemand verstehen..
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1522. snowboy
9:04 PM GMT on February 09, 2007
Branson offers $25M prize to fight climate change


Last Updated: Friday, February 9, 2007 | 10:20 AM ET - CBC News


British airline tycoon Richard Branson announced a $25-million prize for the first person or group to find a way to remove billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Flanked by former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and leading environmentalists, the Virgin Group chair said on Friday in London he hoped the prize would spur innovation toward solving what he sees as a crisis.

The contest, called the Virgin Earth Challenge, will be open for five years, with a panel of judges including Branson and Gore evaluating submissions.

The goal is to find a way of removing one billion tonnes of carbon gases a year from the atmosphere for 10 years. The winner will receive $5 million US up front and the remaining $20 million after the 10-year time frame. If no winner is identified after five years the judges may decide to extend the competition.

"The Earth cannot wait 60 years. We need everybody capable of discovering an answer to put their minds to it today," Branson said.

Gore, whose global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth helped direct public attention to the issue, said the planet had a "fever" that had to be taken seriously.

"Up until now, what has not been asked seriously on a systematic basis is, is there some way that some of that extra carbon dioxide may be scavenged effectively out of the atmosphere? And no one knows the answer to that," Gore said.

The announcement of the contest comes a week after an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report from the world's top scientists predicted global temperatures would increase by between 1.8 and four degrees this century.

The report said it was very likely these rises in temperature were due to human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels.
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1521. GulfChad
9:00 PM GMT on February 09, 2007
je pense que vous ętes gai et doit toucher bang vous
1520. snowboy
8:58 PM GMT on February 09, 2007
Fshhead, the Chinese car fleet is ALREADY more fuel efficient than the US car fleet. Now tell me with a straight face that it's unreasonable to ask the US auto industry to get with it..
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1519. Fshhead
8:43 PM GMT on February 09, 2007
A Letter From Bill McKibben

Dear Friends—

This is an invitation to help start a movement--to take one spring day and use it to reshape the future. Those of us who know that climate change is the greatest threat civilization now faces have science on our side; we have economists and policy specialists, courageous mayors and governors, engineers with cool new technology.

But we don't have a movement—the largest rally yet held in the U.S. about global warming drew a thousand people. If we're going to make the kind of change we need in the short time left us, we need something that looks like the civil rights movement, and we need it now. Changing light bulbs just isn't enough.

So pitch in. A few of us are trying to organize a nationwide day of hundreds and hundreds of rallies on April 14. We hope to have gatherings in every state, and in many of America's most iconic places: on the levees in New Orleans, on top of the melting glaciers on Mt. Rainier, even underwater on the endangered coral reefs off Key West.

We need rallies outside churches, along the tide lines in our coastal cities, in cornfields and forests and on statehouse steps.

Every group will be saying the same thing: Step it up, Congress! Enact immediate cuts in carbon emissions, and pledge an 80% reduction by 2050. No half measures, no easy compromises-the time has come to take the real actions that can stabilize our climate.

As people gather, we'll link pictures of the protests together electronically via the web-before the weekend is out, we'll have the largest protest the country has ever seen, not in numbers but in extent. From every corner of the nation we'll start to shake things up.

By its very nature, this action needs all kinds of people to help out. We can't make it happen-it has to assemble itself.

Sign up to host an action. We'll coordinate the responses, introducing you to others from your area, and give you everything you need to be a leader, from banners to press releases.

You don't have to have ever done anything like this-you're not organizing a March on Washington, just a gathering of scores or hundreds in your town or neighborhood.


We need creativity, good humor, commitment. If you are active in a campus group or a church or a local environmental group or a garden society or a bike club-or if you just saw Al Gore's movie and want to do something-then we need you now.

And by now, we mean now.

The best science tells us we have ten years to fundamentally transform our economy and lead the world in the same direction or else, in the words of NASA's Jim Hansen, we will face a "totally different planet," one infinitely sadder and less flourishing.

The recent elections have given us an opening, and polling shows most Americans know there's a problem. But the forces of inertia and business-as-usual are still in control, and only our voices, united and loud, joyful and determined, can change that reality.

Please join us.

Bill McKibben


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1518. Fshhead
7:57 AM GMT on February 09, 2007


Click me!!!!!!
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1517. Fshhead
7:03 AM GMT on February 09, 2007
Climate change concerts 'to dwarf Live Aid'
By Carlos Grande and Fiona Harvey

Published: February 8 2007 02:00 | Last updated: February 8 2007 02:00

A series of concerts "bigger than Live Aid" is being planned for July, in a bid to put the subject of climate change before an audience of a global audience of 2bn.

The event, scheduled for July 7, will feature co-ordinated film, music and television events in seven cities including London, Washington DC, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town and Kyoto, with major broadcasters and media owners aiming to extend the reach of public awareness of global warming.

It is understood that former US vice-president Al Gore, whose movie An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change to cinema audiences last year, will announce the event tomorrow in London.

The organisers hope to involve up to 2.5m people in events and link-ups at the cities involved, as well as other locations.

They are promising a line-up of artists to "dwarf" that of the Live8 and Live Aid concerts, thought to be branded under the name "SOS".

One person close to the event said yesterday: "The talent involved is just exponentially bigger because the issue itself is bigger.

"Live Aid was about asking people to stump up money, this is about effecting systemic change.

"The aim is not just to drive awareness but to get people to take action."

These actions are likely to include personal pledges to reduce emissions, for instance by using energy efficient equipment or flying less.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2007

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Now were talking. Get to people when they are buzzed & their guard is down lol Like subliminal messages lol
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1516. Fshhead
6:59 AM GMT on February 09, 2007
Gore defends Chinese position on fighting global warming
Says emerging economies are justified in holding back until richer polluters do more
Associated Press

MADRID — Emerging economies such as China are justified in holding back on fighting greenhouse gas emissions until richer polluters like the United States do more to solve the problem, former U.S. vice-president Al Gore said Wednesday.

The world's top climate scientists warned in a report last week global warming is very likely caused by humanity and will last for centuries.

Chinese officials said they will act after industrial countries such as the United States and others make changes, Mr. Gore said, addressing a conference in Madrid on global warming.

“They're right in saying that. But we have to act quickly,” said Mr. Gore, who was nominated last week for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in drawing attention to global warming.

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Well there ya go, I always say he is a MORON!!!
He just proved my point!!!!!
Everybody has to be included in this effort especially the U.S. & soon to be world leader in emissions, China.
So childish, I'm not going to do it cause the other guy isn't. Geez give me a break lol
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1514. Fshhead
8:29 PM GMT on February 08, 2007
lol Randrewl not so quick......
Just like you guys always point out 1 event does not make up a theory here. Remember we are in El-Nino cycle. Just like the record high temps. this season were probably greatly influenced by El-Nino.
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