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The Daily Show makes a meal of Cape Wind opponents

Watch a video outlining the conflict over this wind farm

"Nantucket Sound, blessed with a vast diversity of native life ... " Update, 11 Sep 2007: The video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Viacom International Inc., unfortunately.

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Newsweek takes on deniers without faux balance

Finally

Oy. Things are, as usual, happening faster than I can blog them. Before it gets too old, let me be the last person in the green blogosphere to link to this remarkable article in Newsweek. It's about the history of the global warming denial industry. It's not remarkable because it uncovers any new information. Those playing close attention -- and reading sources like, ahem, Grist -- have known about this stuff for a long time. It's remarkable because it gathers it in one place and presents it forcefully, without the usual strained attempt to "balance" it with the same discredited …

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Romm on the policy and politics of global warming

Watch him on ‘OnPoint’

Very good piece here from E&ETV ($ub req'd). Worth the time to watch. Description: CAP's Joseph Romm calls conservatives 'deniers and delayers' on warming policy Author and Center for American Progress senior fellow Joseph Romm says if aggressive action on climate change is not taken soon, the effects on the planet will be dire. In his new book, Hell and High Water: Global Warming -- the Solution and the Politics -- and What We Should Do, Romm explains why he thinks a state of "planetary purgatory" is inevitable. During today's OnPoint, Romm, a former Department of Energy official under President …

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Cognitive dissonance and climate change skepticism

How the two are related

Science Friday recently had a great segment on cognitive dissonance, defined as: A psychological term which describes the uncomfortable tension that may result from having two conflicting thoughts at the same time, or from engaging in behavior that conflicts with one's beliefs. Because it is uncomfortable, your brain will seek out ways to resolve the contradictions. So if you think you're a good and moral person, but you fudge a little on your taxes, you might justify this with an excuse like: "I've overpaid in previous years," or "the government is using my money in an immoral way," or "everyone …

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Well Oil Be Damned

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pursues energy treaties in South America Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is on a four-nation swing through South America this week, using his country's oil riches to win friends and influence people. Yesterday, Chavez signed an "energy security treaty" with Nestor Kirchner, the president of Argentina; he will continue on to Uruguay, Ecuador, and Bolivia, where observers expect similar energy agreements to be cemented. The treaty with Argentina will see Venezuela buy $1 billion of that country's bonds, provide as much as $400 million for a new natural-gas plant, and cooperate on initiatives including oil refining projects, …

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Someone Alert Ben and Jerry

Indo-Pacific coral reefs disappearing twice as fast as rainforest, study says Forget the rainforest: the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific oceans are vanishing twice as quickly, researchers say. The Indo-Pacific region, home to 75 percent of the world's coral reefs, has lost nearly 600 square miles of reef each year since the late 1960s. In addition, coral cover -- a measure of ocean-floor coverage that reflects reef health -- has shrunk from a historic average of 50 percent to an average of about 20 percent in 2003. A team from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, who published …

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What makes a good cap-and-trade system?

A short guide

Lots of economists and analysts on both sides of the aisle prefer a carbon tax to a cap-and-trade system, but political reality is such that the former is exceedingly unlikely and the latter has become all but inevitable. So it's time to focus on doing it well. One question that came up in the panel Q&A was this: what makes for a good cap-and-trade system? This subject is both enormously complex and enormously relevant to current politics. We need the grassroots to be engaged, pushing back against the many half-ass measures on offer, lobbying on behalf of good measures. To …

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An interview with Mike Gravel about his presidential platform on energy and the environment

This is part of a series of interviews with presidential candidates produced jointly by Grist and Outside. Update: Mike Gravel switched from the Democratic Party to the Libertarian Party in March 2008; after failing to secure the Libertarian nomination, he ended his presidential campaign in May 2008. Mike Gravel. In his "Rock" campaign ad, Mike Gravel silently stares into the camera, throws a stone into a lake, and walks off into the distance. It's disconcerting, off-the-wall, and low-budget -- just like his presidential campaign. As a senator from Alaska during the '70s, Gravel was best-known for fighting nuclear weapons, nuclear …

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Count Trackula

Wacky dude makes cool stat-o-meter on what’s happening in the world

OK, so the guy who made this says he finds the "theory of global warming highly debatable," but this thing is pretty cool: The World Clock. It lets you see a number of (likely somewhat flawed) stats about what's going on in the world during the current year, month, week, day, or time period you're on the site. CO2 emissions have crept into the six-figures, 132 cars and 330 computers have been produced, 50 people have gotten cancer and 33 have died from it, 69 hectares of forest have been lost, and the planet's temperature has crept steadily upward. It's …

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Biofuels fueling conflict

The need for good research

The rush to put biofuels in our gas tanks has given people analyzing natural resources and conflict some work to do. How are European and American policy mandates to dramatically increase the use of biofuels affecting the places that grow biofuel inputs? It seems fair to say that little consideration has been given to the potential conflict and equity impacts of this surge in demand for palm oil, sugarcane, and corn. After President Bush's 2007 State of the Union address, which called for massive increases in biofuels, we heard stories of skyrocketing corn tortilla prices and resulting social disruptions. Now …