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Alas, it's still true about what's too good to be true

Crap, another means of continuing business as usual failing to survive scrutiny

Important, albeit somewhat depressing, post about biofuels from algae on chemical engineer Robert Rapier's always excellent blog. Here's his introduction to the article, which you should read in its entirety: The following is a guest post by John Benemann. John has many years of expertise in biomass conversion, and previously co-wrote a guest piece on cellulosic ethanol. On the subject of biodiesel from algae, he literally wrote the book. I originally wrote an article over a year ago in which I mentioned the potential of algal biodiesel. I still believe, as I did then, that biodiesel (or more broadly, renewable …

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RealClimate humor

Who says scientists aren’t funny?

RealClimate has an extended satire against climate denier use of false correlation=causation logic to argue for solar cycles as the main cause of global warming. As humor with extended charts and co-efficients of correlation go, it is quite funny. However, I must admit that an exchange between two commenters on the post was much funnier: James: CO2 has an insulating effect -- we know this because people have measured it. Humans have been putting more CO2 in the atmosphere -- we know this too, because we've measured it. Putting those two facts together, we deduce that the Earth should get …

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Jerry Falwell dead

We shed a tear

Fundamentalist Christian minister Jerry Falwell is dead at 73. It's probably churlish to use the occasion of someone's death to point out that said person was a paranoid, avaricious, hate-spewing enabler of America's basest lizard-brain impulses, so I won't go there. I will, however, note that one of the proudest moments of my young career was being cited by name in the course of a rambling, delusional Falwell sermon on global warming, which apparently is "Satan's Attempt to Re-direct the Church's Primary Focus." Clever, Satan! Very clever. Update [2007-5-15 15:0:8 by David Roberts]: Carpetbagger brings us Falwell's "greatest" hits.

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Cap-and-trade and a carbon tax: two great tastes, but do they taste great together?

And if not, why not?

A journalist of some renown called me last week to ask a question: would it be possible to do both a cap-and-trade program and a carbon tax? Al Gore famously urged that approach, but this journo had heard from other (reliable) sources that it's not possible. My instinctive answer was yeah, sure, there's no reason you couldn't do it. (I mean, there are a gazillion political reasons it's impossible, but there's no technical or regulatory reason you couldn't do it.) Is that right? Do any of you smart folk out there know of any reason you couldn't implement the two …

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The Big Yapple

World's mayors gather for climate-change summit in New York City Gone are the days when mayors chomped cigars and handed out keys to the city. Today's civic leaders face a somewhat more monumental task: saving the planet. This week, mayors from more than 30 of the world's biggest cities -- from Bangkok to Berlin, Sydney to Shanghai -- are in New York City to compare notes on fighting climate change. The C40 Large Cities Climate Summit follows a smaller event held in London in 2005; this time it also includes business leaders. With renewable energy, mass transit, and carbon reduction …

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Remember When Driving Was Fun?

States sue over fuel standards, Bush announces emissions baby steps California Attorney General Jerry Brown held forth on the steps of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday, leading a group of 11 states suing the feds over "dangerously weak" fuel-efficiency standards. "The Bush administration has its head in the sand, and we hope the court wakes them," he said. The suit, filed in November, says the proposed efficiency increase for light trucks and SUVs in model years 2008 to 2011 is "trivial" and should be recalculated. The feds contend that they had to juggle environmental protection with economic …

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Tancredo’s fictions

Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo was asked, "what's the latest work of fiction you've read?" His answer: An Inconvenient Truth. Guess that goes on his fiction shelf right next to Darwin's Origin of Species. More at Tancredo Watch.

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The park formerly known as Glacier

Contest in need of Grist readers and their funny

In a world without glaciers, what would you call Glacier National Park? Tongues firmly in cheeks, National Environmental Trust is sponsoring a contest to come up with a new name for the park. The winner gets a $250 gift certificate to REI, but really, it's about calling attention to the fact that continued inaction on climate change might make the park glacierless by 2030.

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Who's that good-lookin' guy in the commercial?

Hey, that’s me!

Republicans for Environmental Protection have sponsored a TV ad on climate change to run in Austin this week. The goal is to drum up support for the several bills on climate change currently before the Texas Legislature. Here it is: There's also an article about the ad in the Austin-American Statesman here.

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