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Getting the Fax Straight

New Canadian climate policy leaks out, is kinda leaky Canada's Conservative government, known for consistently pooh-poohing the Kyoto Protocol, planned to unveil emissions-reduction targets today and urge participation in carbon markets, a la Kyoto. But the news got out early when a draft of the speech was accidentally faxed to the Liberal Party on Tuesday. So what's in store? Well, the country aims to cut emissions 20 percent from current levels by 2020, but that will still leave it 11 percent shy of its Kyoto obligations. Sigh. Other plans include a ban on sales of incandescent light bulbs by 2012 …

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He Also Tried “Climate Fun Time Happypants”

Wolfowitz deputy allegedly tried to weaken climate-change message The brouhaha over World Bank head Paul Wolfowitz giving financial favors to his lady friend is spreading into a look at whether he's been pushing the Bush administration agenda on family planning and climate change. The bank's chief scientist, Robert Watson, says Wolfowitz deputy Juan José Daboub tried to edit climate change out of a clean-energy strategy paper last year. "He tried to water it down," said Watson, a former NASA official and former head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Daboub tried to delete the phrase "climate change" in some …

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Hustle and Muscle

Schwarzenegger, frustrated by inaction, threatens to sue U.S. EPA In a smackdown between U.S. EPA head Stephen Johnson and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), who would you bet on? It's OK if you need time to ponder, because their battle is unfolding in slow motion. On Tuesday, Johnson said he had begun the process of considering California's request to be allowed to regulate vehicle greenhouse-gas emissions, setting up a public hearing in May and a public comment period that lasts through mid-June. The request -- which would result in a 25 percent cut in car and truck emissions and an …

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B.C. joins WRCAI

More exciting than it sounds

British Columbia has just joined Schwarzenegger's Western Regional Climate Action Initiative, which is meant ... ... to identify, evaluate and implement ways to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region and to achieve related co-benefits. The initiative requires partners to set an overall regional goal to reduce emissions, develop a market-based, multi-sector mechanism to help achieve that goal, and participate in a cross-border greenhouse gas (GHG) registry. That's B.C., California, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, and Arizona working together on the West Coast. Add to that Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Maryland, the District of …

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Boxer discusses global warming

Video, yo

Here's Sen. Barbara Boxer (most appropriately named!), discussing global warming at the National Press Club (for 25 min.). Good stuff: (h/t: Hugg)

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New island ‘made’ by global warming

In the same week that science discovers a new, earth-like planet, we get a new island off the coast of Greenland. From The Independent: The map of Greenland will have to be redrawn. A new island has appeared off its coast, suddenly separated from the mainland by the melting of Greenland's enormous ice sheet, a development that is being seen as the most alarming sign of global warming. Yikes.

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Turbocharged crap by any other name would smell as ...

Biofuels scam at 12 o’clock high!

Is there anything that the rich and venal won't do to stave off limits on jet flights? The new scam is a discussion of laundering the fossil fuels through "biofuels" ... Yeah, it's not enough that we're going to starve people and destroy the "last six inches of topsoil in Iowa" to propel SUVs ... now we have to add jets to the mix. With creative accounting (and ignoring that jets pump tons of water vapor into the atmosphere [_at a level_] where it has no natural presence) we can all pretend that we're "reducing" the environmental cost of flying. …

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The Gristiest cartoonist

Tom Toles, national treasure

Ladies and gentlemen, Tom Toles.

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Money Makes the World Not Drown

British retailers launch climate campaign, UBS unveils global-warming index Eight companies in Britain have launched a campaign called "We're in This Together," offering products and price cuts to help customers lessen their eco-impacts. Leading retailers Tesco and B&Q, for example, halved the costs of light bulbs and insulation, and a cell-phone company will pay a credit to customers who reduce consumption by forgoing a new phone when renewing their contract. Appearing with the company heads, Prime Minister Tony Blair offered this vague rah-rah: "For this country to make an impact on the global framework [against global warming] -- which in …

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Clips from Frontline's 'Hot Politics'

Video … on the interwebs!

Hey kids, are you hip to the steez on carbon offsets? Well, check this shizzle out! Here, Christie Todd Whitman talks about Bush and Cheney "flipping the bird" at the rest of the world (probably the first time this blueblood has ever used that phrase): Here, Frank Luntz continues to fail to realize what a slimy f**king weasel he is: All these clips come from Hot Politics, an upcoming special from the PBS series Frontline. (h/t: TerraPass)

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