2007 was a year of extreme weather records
, and 2008 could be worse, for example an unrelenting southeast drought could be devastating
. 2008 will also be Bush's last year, and as the evidence for global warming mounts, Bush's agenda appears to be greening
. "If global warming turns out to be a defining issue of this generation, advisers said, Bush does not want to be remembered as a roadblock."
Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman has endorsed the recent IPCC report
, reversing the White House stance on the existence of global warming. Bodman claims that the Bush administration has always accepted scientific studies
pointing to man-made climate change, even as Henry Waxman, House oversight committee chair, has been holding hearings on the White House's misleading the public on global warming
for the last six years; hearing documents
. Bodman also rejects caps on CO2 emissions
, claiming that the US is "a small contributor when you look at the rest of the world," when in fact it's the largest contributor worldwide
(and has an even greater share of cumulative
CO2 emissions). Previously: IPCC
The return of astronauts to the moon by 2020? Yeah!
Hurricane predictions, long-term monitoring of weather
Zeitgeistfilter: Lumpen Leisure
and Welcome to Middle-Class Lockdown... Now Shut Up and Buy Something
-- two fine rants about our current state of disunion by James Howard Kuntsler, author of The Long Emergency
), and writer and Vietnam vet Joe Bageant
. "All over but the keening for our soon-to-be-lost machine world," Kunstler predicts in The American Conservative
, while Bageant taps the inner stream-of-unconsciousness for Dissident Voice
: "Things cannot be as bad as the alarmists say. They cannot be as bad as I often suspect they are. If there really were such a thing as global warming they would be starting to do something about it. And besides, even if it were true, science will find a way to fix it. If there really were genocide going on in so many places far more people would be concerned... If the earth were heating up we would surely notice it. If our soldiers and government agencies were torturing people around the world it would make the news. If millions were being exterminated, it would be more obvious, would it not?" (Kunstler's book previously discussed here
, Bageant here
Bush administration tries to silence NASA's chief climate expert
James Hansen from granting interviews about global warming. Meanwhile, a new study by Australian researchers confirms that global sea levels are rising
, and may make island nations like Tuvalu
and the Maldives
uninhabitable by the end of the century. [via RawStory]
Global warming -- the upside:
the entrepreneurs poised to make millions from new ports and shipping lanes in the formerly ice-bound Arctic circle. A fascinating New York Times article on the international land-grab following the news (reported here
, discussed here
, whitewashed here
, et. al.
) that the polar ice caps and Siberian permafrost are melting. Goodbye Gulf Stream, hello Club Med Santa-style -- first SUV to the North Pole wins!
The Bush administration's conservation policy:
'protecting the nation's environment', or you know, 'not'
? [more inside]
"Global warming is now a weapon of mass destruction.
It kills more people than terrorism, yet Blair and Bush do nothing." So writes Sir John Houghton, former chief executive of the Meteorological Office
and co-chair of the scientific assessment working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
a quarter of world species face extinction
and for some reason the bush administration refuses to fund UN backed family planning programs
Bush Announces Clear Skies & Global Climate Change Initiatives.
An olive branch to Venice
, Bangla Desh
, and other low lying countries?
A Commander-in-Chief tanks up
, throws the rudder hard over for a Willamson turn
, and attempts to get all those folks left of Atilla the Hun
back on the boat? We'll let him speak for himself.
(BTW, if you're concerned about the "axis of evil", check out your tax $ at work today at the State Dept.
Tiny, but remarkable Pro-Bush/global-warming-as-myth protest in Bonn as reported by The Times. 40 deluded rich american kids against the world. Literally. And, no it's not a new reality TV series... although...
I can see it now.... "Protester"(tm)
Green Flash bashes Bush
Greenpeace is launching a contest to highlight the absurdity of the Bush positions on climate change and/or missile defence using Macromedia Flash. The contest, open to everyone and having no prize other than a link, runs through July 6th and should be almost as much fun as the 5k
Bush to unveil global warming plan.
Because our world isn't warm enough.
Bush Tries to Change Advisor's Mind
on pollution policy. That does not work. President Bush does what he wants. EPA leaks Witman's Private Memo
Most of the world rejects
the USAmerican attempt to end-around-run the Kyoto protocols. Surely we'll get our way (I use the pronouns reluctantly in this case). Who can stop us? Besides, who cares? Not President-elect (de facto) Bush. Add the guiltless bloodshed in Israel/Palestine to this and my last post and it's hard to be thankful at the global level.