Monthly Archives: August 2012

Merkel seeks Chinese concessions in solar row

Reuters: Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany had no interest in starting a trade war with Beijing over solar exports to Europe, but stressed that China must take action to address distortions to fair competition in the sector. Beijing was also forced to defend its rare earths exports policy […] Read the original […]

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Obama’s empty climate change promises

New York Daily News: Hold the phone, liberals are in a tizzy! Apparently, Mitt Romney’s mocking reference to President Obama’s 2008 boast about slowing the rising oceans has some people upset. And I’ll give them this one: They should be upset! The President has been AWOL on the issue of […] Read the original post […]

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President Obama’s Alleged “War On Coal”

Forbes: We have long suspected that the never-ending sturm und drang surrounding climate change would have little real impact on public policy or energy markets because no politician ever got elected by promising to impose – or defending the imposition of – significant, observable costs on the present for the […] Read the original post […]

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Drought, Climate Change and Journalism 101

CounterPunch: An Aug. 23 segment on NPR`s Morning Edition about the 2012 drought touched my sentimental side when a Kentucky farmer`s voice quivered while he spoke to correspondent David Schaper. “My wife and I just look at each other every night, and we look at our children`s faces before they […] Read the original post […]

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Mechanism Discovered in Deep Ocean Production Of Methane

redOrbit: While searching for new and more effective antibiotics, a team of biologists and chemists has stumbled upon the mechanism responsible for the deep ocean production of methane, a greenhouse gas that drives climate change. Researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Washington began their studies […] Read the original post by […]

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Earth First! Blockades Coal Plant at RNC in Tampa

Earth First!: In the climax of the 2012 Republican National Convention, protestors with Earth First! have blocked access roads to TECO’s Big Bend coal plant on the eastern shore of Tampa Bay. The environmental action group is citing corporate influence in politics and ecological impacts of fossil fuel dependency as […] Read the original post […]

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United Kingdom: The Government is gunning for the Green Belt

Telegraph: “Courageous’, as you’ll recall, was Sir Humphrey Appleby’s most damning description of government policy. If the Yes Minister mandarin were now ensconced in Eric Pickles’s Department for Communities and Local Government, he would doubtless be trotting it out anew. For — just months after their proposed planning “reforms’ caused the […] Read the original […]

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Climate change: Romney quips, the Goreacle fumes

Seattle Post Intelligencer: Just four days after news that the summer ice pack in the Arctic has shrunk to a record low, Mitt Romney made a joke about global warming to make a point against President Obama in his acceptance speech. “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of […] Read the original […]

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Mitt Romney Slams Obama On Climate Change In Convention Speech

Huffington Post: Perhaps it seems obvious that if you care about your family’s future, you must also care about the planet your children will inhabit. Yet critics argue that concept was lost on the audience at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, as they cheered GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney as […] Read the original […]

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Climate Change is a Great Punchline, Mitt

Mother Jones: If you didn’t catch Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, you really missed an amazing snapshot of how he’ll treat environmental issues as president: as a laugh line. Here’s the line from his speech last night. The stage directions are mine: President Obama promised […] Read the […]

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