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A Global Warming Breakdown Worth Watching

An interesting argument on the global warming situation worth watching:

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What he doesn’t mention are the other factors that fall into Column A:

1. Decreased dependency on fossil fuels

2. Reduced asthma and other health issues associated with burning carbon based fuels.

3. Economic and political stability by preventing displacement of people living in coastal areas.

Don’t Talk about Polar Bears

Classic Jason Kottke:

The first rule of Global Warming Deniers Club is: don’t talk about the polar bears losing their habitat.

Seriously, government officials can’t talk about polar bears because the administration’s position is that polar bears are doing just fine. Seriously, seriously, the administration is deciding how polar bears are doing rather than scientists.

Are Kids Movies with Environmental Themes Influential?

Freakonomics author, Stephen Dubner, brings up an interesting point about the influence of children’s movies on a generation’s perception of the threats caused by global warming:

Freakonomics Blog » Are Children Sounding the Global-Warming Alarm?

One theory came to mind the other day when I was looking over a list of the most profitable worldwide movie releases of 2006. No. 1 on the list was Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, an animated — and apocalyptic — kids’ movie, which took in just over $1 billion at the box office. And as you can see here, the animated kids’ movie Happy Feet has also been huge, with over $350 million worldwide, and counting. While Happy Feet isn’t quite about global warming, it is about mankind’s disastrous overreach into nature. (In order to appreciate the reach of these kids’ movies, consider that Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, a global warming jeremiad, has done $42 million worldwide, a huge figure for a documentary but a drop in the bucket compared to the animated blockbusters.)

What’s one heck of a large audience.

Earth-exploiting corporations seem to agree with Dubner’s theory based on the way they’ve managed the reporting on this issue on FOX news. Many of the show hosts have attacked movies like Happy Feet, claiming they’re nothing but enviro-propaganda. It’s strange hearing movies that are emotionally appealing and scientifically based being referred to as propaganda, but I suppose that’s the case if you don’t believe is science or see it as a threat to your company’s profits.

So, is your 6 year-old giving you a hard time about your SUV? What kind of car will they be driving when they get their license in 2017?

Bush Admits Global Warming Exists

This is the first time I know of that Bush openly admits that global warming exists:

NPR : Full Transcript: NPR Interview with President Bush

MR. WILLIAMS: Now, also in the State of the Union, you talked about the – quote here – “the serious challenge of global climate change.” Were you talking about global warming there?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Absolutely, and it’s a serious challenge. And one of the things that I am proud of is this administration has done a lot on advancing new technologies that will enable us to do two things – strengthen our economy, and at the same time, be better stewards of the environment. In 2002, I talked about an energy efficiency standard, which says new technologies will enable us to grow our economy, and at the same time, improve the environment, and we’re meeting certain standards that I set for the country.

I’ve been working on a theory that American intellect and tolerance move to the left over time. Imagine a bell curve where people who believe scientists know what they’re talking about when it comes to global warming are on the left, and anti-science folks are on the right. At this point, I think America is well past the peak of the bell curve and moving right with Bush’s position being the dividing line today (acknowledge global warming exists but don’t actually do anything about it). To the right of Bush is right-wing radio hosts like Minneapolis’ Jason Lewis on KTLK and his listeners, Michael Crichton and people who believe the crap he wrote in his book on this subject, and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma.

The right side of the bell curve continues to get smaller.

Exxon Mobil Proves How Wrong They Are About Global Warming

You’re on the wrong side of history when you have to make anonymous videos attacking movies based on the best scientific evidence of the day. Exxon Mobil should have its tail between its legs over this crap.

Where did that video spoofing Gore’s film come from?

In an email exchange with The Wall Street Journal, Toutsmith didn’t answer when asked who he was or why he made the video, which has just over 59,000 views on YouTube. However, computer routing information contained in an email sent from Toutsmith’s Yahoo account indicate it didn’t come from an amateur working out of his basement. Instead, the email originated from a computer registered to DCI Group, a Washington, D.C., public relations and lobbying firm whose clients include oil company Exxon Mobil Corp.

A DCI Group spokesman declines to say whether or not DCI made the anti-Gore penguin video, or to explain why Toutsmith appeared to be sending email from DCI’s computers.

 “DCI Group does not disclose the names of its clients, nor do we discuss the work that we do on our clients’ behalf,” says Matt Triaca, who heads DCI’s media relations shop.