The climate blogs have been swept by quite a scoop in the past few days. An anonymous leaker identified only as "Heartland Insider" has dumped a cache of documents on climate blogs purporting to reveal the inner workings of the Heartland Institute, a vigorous promoter of skepticism about anthropogenic global warming.
Since 1996, Michael Mann has been at the forefront of the climate change "debate." That was when he published the first "hockey stick" graph showing the intense upward trend of warming on Earth. (The graph was recently updated, and is even more striking.)
President Barack Obama faces growing pressure from Democratic donors to reject the Keystone XL pipeline amid signs that the project is headed for approval.
Donors and party activists are seeking to influence Obama through personal pleas and by pumping money into elections. Their goal: to demonstrate that turning down TransCanada Corp.’s petition to build the US$5.3-billion pipeline to carry tar-sands oil from Canada to U.S. refineries can be a political winner.
Barack Obama may intervene directly on climate change by hosting a summit at the White House early in his second term, environmental groups say. They say the White House has given encouraging signals to a proposal for Obama to use the broad-based and bipartisan summit to launch a national climate action strategy.
After yesterday's post on why I thought that one of the documents in the Heartland leak was a fake, I discovered that David Appell had been investigating along the same lines. Appell, however, looked at one thing that hadn't occurred to me: where the PDF was created. One of his commenters elaborates:
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s government staunchly rejected arguments that climate change is causing the wildfires ravaging eastern parts of the country following a record hot start to the spring season.
“That is complete hogwash,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott told News Corp. Australian newspapers in an interview published on Friday.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt backed his prime minister, saying no individual event can be linked to climate change.
By Kate Sheppard
Among the many positive outcomes of carbon-reduction policy often ignored when looking at the costs are the health benefits. In fact, health savings due to improvements in air quality alone would outweigh the potential costs of cutting carbon, as one study earlier this year found.