Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Skeptics seize upon cold winter

Climate change skeptics, including the communications director for the Republican minority in the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, have seized upon  the unusually cold winter in North America as evidence that global warming is not really happening.  There is no doubt that this year’s La Niña has led to cooler winter weather over North America than we have seen for the past decade (see figure from NYT: 1980-2008 trend), but even this cooler weather is above the 1960-1990 monthly winter average.

Link to Bali

If anyone is interested in staying current with what is happening in Bali during the strategy meetings to develop policies to combat global climate change, information can be found at http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/solutions/bali-bulletin.html

Bush climate goals marked by bureaucracy

WASHINGTON – The United States is lining up with China, India and the world’s other biggest polluters in opposition to mandatory cuts in Earth-warming greenhouse gases sought by the United Nations and European countries.

President Bush‘s two-day climate meeting, opening Thursday, will emphasize creating more processes to find a solution to global warming, rather than setting firm goals for reducing carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for heating up the atmosphere.