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What to listen for during 'Global Warming Week'

On how the Bush administration creates an illusion of climate change progress

There's going to be a lot of hype around the Bush climate summit this week. The key buzzwords of the global warming delayers are "aspirational," "technology," and "intensity." The more someone uses those words, the less serious they are about stopping climate change. The bottom line is that any international global warming agreement must include prompt, binding, and enforceable greenhouse-gas reductions by the United States or else the agreement will fail and all nations will suffer the consequences. Some other key points: The Bush administration will use every opportunity to create the illusion of action without agreeing to meaningful, binding …

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Bloggers at the UN climate confab

If our own Brian Beutler's blogging from the UN climate meeting isn't sating your ravenous appetite for ... blogging from the UN climate meeting, check out Hill Heat for a roundup of other bloggers at the event and what they've written.

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Renewable energy allies in strange places?

The benefits of using prizes to drive alternative fuel research

An article on the benefits of using economic prizes instead of subsidies as incentives for alternative fuel research appeared in Monday's edition of National Review Online, an extremely right-wing publication. Besides the fact that this is a good idea that economists have been increasingly talking about over the past few years, there are a couple additional take-away points: There are many people on the right who are sincerely interested in environmental progress and who are thinking seriously about the best ways to move forward. Being able to converse relatively proficiently about economics and market principles, not just acknowledgment of the …

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More companies disclosing and mitigating emissions, says new report

Many corporations are recognizing the impact of climate change on business as usual, and in response are disclosing and working to mitigate greenhouse-gas emissions, says a new report from the nonprofit Carbon Disclosure Project. The group's fifth annual survey of the world's 500 largest companies boasted a 75 percent response rate; of those, 80 percent of businesses found climate change to present a commercial risk, 82 percent recognized increased commercial opportunities, and 76 percent said they had implemented programs to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. While the responses aren't independently verified and should be taken with a grain of salt, the numbers …

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Bush's climate summit: What's needed

Terry Tamminen and Stewart J. Hudson tell Bush how to make his climate meeting a success

The following is a guest post from Terry Tamminen and Stewart J. Hudson. Tamminen is the Cullman Senior Climate Policy Fellow at the New America Foundation. His latest book is Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction. Hudson is president of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and co-chair of the U.S. Climate and Energy Funders Group. Preparations for President Bush's Sept. 27-28 summit of world leaders on climate change are underway and will determine how the president sets the tone for this historic meeting. He can restore American leadership by calling for mandatory reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, …

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Arctic ice shrinks by an Alaska plus a Texas

Ice loss hits record low this month in the Arctic

Hitting a record low on September 16, 2007, the Arctic lost half a million square miles of ice compared to its last record low just two years ago. For all the details, check out the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) website, which notes "the Northwest Passage is still open, but is starting to refreeze." We are still on track for an ice free Arctic by 2030, decades ahead of the climate models. This post was created for ClimateProgress.org, a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

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U.N. hosts one-day climate meeting to spur climate-agreement fever

Gathering momentum for a United Nations climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, in December where the successor to the Kyoto Protocol is expected to be born, the U.N. hosted a one-day climate conference at its headquarters in New York on Monday. The conference attracted 150 nations, about 80 of which sent at least their heads of state, making it the best-attended climate meeting in U.N. history among high-level officials. "This event has sent a powerful political signal to the world, and to the Bali conference, that there is the will and the determination at the highest level, to break with the …

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Company will file application for new U.S. nuclear reactor

And so it begins: Tomorrow, NRG Energy will become the first company in nearly 30 years to file an application to build a new nuclear reactor in the U.S.

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The NASA delusion

Moon base project sucks up potential climate research dollars

In the annals of self-delusion, NASA's Moon-Mars mission ranks right at the top. Today's NY Times, for example, carries details about NASA's plans for a moon base to be built sometime around 2020. Let me be clear. There is a 0 percent chance that this Moon base or anything like it will ever be built, for the following reason: the moon missions in the '60s and early '70s cost something like $100 billion in today's dollars. There is no way that setting up a semipermanent lunar base will be anything other than many times more expensive. That would put the …

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It's hard out here for a denier

The ongoing humiliations of the tattered ‘climate skeptic’ movement

These last few years have not been kind to the climate flat-earthers. Their patron political party got drubbed in the mid-terms, the IPCC demolished their favorite talking points, numerous post-IPCC scientific results make the IPCC look conservative, and the impetus for action on climate change is growing at breakneck speed everywhere outside the U.S. executive branch. This last couple weeks has been particularly humiliating. In the Vermont trial wherein the automakers sued to block California's emission standards (ultimately losing), famed climate change denier Patrick Michaels was called to testify on automakers' behalf as an expert witness. As part of an …

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