Science a la Joe Camel…….

"These statements are not consistent with the scientific literature. It is very difficult to reconcile the misrepresentations of climate change science in these documents with ExxonMobil’s claim to be an industry leader."  -Letter from the Royal Society to ExxonMobil

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Laurie David, one of the producers of An Inconvenient Truth, offered 50,000 free DVDs of the same movie to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).  This move would have made An Inconvenient Truth available to science educators across the country, who in turn could use the DVD in their classrooms.

The NSTA rejected the offer. The organization was concerned that accepting the DVDs would place "unnecessary risk upon the [NSTA] capital campaign, especially certain targeted supporters."

As it turns out, the ExxonMobil Corporation is one of those supporters.

In September, Britain’s premier scientific academy the Royal Society, sent a letter to ExxonMobil demanding the company immediately cease to support dozens of groups that have "misrepresented the science of climate change by outright denial of the evidence".

The Guardian goes on to explain:

The letter, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, adds: "I would be grateful if you could let me know which organizations in the UK and other European countries have been receiving funding so that I can work out which of these have been similarly providing inaccurate and misleading information to the public."

This is the first time the society has written to a company to challenge its activities. The move reflects mounting concern about the activities of lobby groups that try to undermine the overwhelming scientific evidence that emissions are linked to climate change.

If you find the Behavior of ExxonMobil and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) appalling, please visit the website for Exxpose Exxon and let you voice be heard.

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Global Warming Could Wipe Out Most Birds: World Wildlife Federation…….

"Birds are the quintessential ‘canaries in the coal mine’ and are already responding to current levels of climate change," said the report, launched at a United Nations conference in Kenya on ways to slow warming. "Birds now indicate that global warming has set in motion a powerful chain of effects in ecosystems worldwide," WWF said.

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Global Growth in Carbon Emissions is ‘Out of Control’…….

Here is the lead from The Independent in the U.K.:

The growth in global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels over the past five years was four times greater than for the preceding 10 years, according to a study that exposes critical flaws in the attempts to avert damaging climate change.

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In 2009, China Will Pass United States In Green House Gas Emissions…….

"China will surpass the United States in 2009, nearly a decade ahead of previous predictions, as the biggest emitter of the main gas linked to global warming, the International Energy Agency has concluded in a report to be released Tuesday."

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The Third Way…….

"This next American era will not be one dominated by these two exhausted ideologies of the past, but will be a battle for the mastery of a new, as yet unarticulated 21st century governing approach suited to the challenges we face today and built around the media and people of our time. The core direction of this battle is not the left-right one fought at the end of the last century, but will be more about forward and backward." -diary post on Daily Kos by Simon Rosenberg

Lost in all of the post election excitement is the fate of Richard Pombo, who until Tuesday, was the untouchable chairman of the House Resources Committee.  Pambo, a six term Republican representative from California’s 11th District, was defeated by Jerry McNerney, a wind power consultant.

To put it fairly, Pombo was no friend to the environment.  Salon describes his relationship in this way:

Pombo’s sins against the environment are well-documented. Global warming, he declared, was a "myth." He worked to gut the Endangered Species Act, to permit drilling for oil off the California coast, to sell public lands to mining interests. He was supported financially by the oil, gas, and timber industries, and seemed to relish making outrageous statements designed to drive environmentalists into apoplectic fits. From the day he came to Congress — as part of the momentous Republican takeover of the House in 1994 — he has done his absolute best to support the interests of private enterprise at the expense of the public good.

The Salon article goes on to wonder out loud if this is a turning point for the environmental movement.  A sign its once waning influence is on the rise.  Well, after 12 years of outright Republican hostility towards the earth, a stronger environmental voice in our public discourse certainly would be a positive change.

My hope is this change in leadership is a sign that people are ready to return to an environmental policy guided by strong science rather than cronyism and outright corruption.  It is time all stake holders get an opportunity to shape public policy, not just they few who would personally benefit.