Planet Watch

Sweden: oil-free by 2020

A glimmer of hope from The Guardian, Feb. 8:

Sweden plans to be world's first oil-free economy
Sweden is to take the biggest energy step of any advanced western economy by trying to wean itself off oil completely within 15 years - without building a new generation of nuclear power stations.

US sidetracks Montreal climate talks

Brian Tokar reports for February's Z Magazine on the recently-concluded Montreal talks on global climate change, aimed at implementing the Kyoto agreement. What's really dangerous is that this agreement—which the Bush administration is refusing to join, of course—was already essentially gutted by pressure from the more insidious Clinton administration, which pushed through a program of free-market pseudo-solutions. So while Bush stands strong against Kyoto as an assault on American capitalism, what was largely discussed in Montreal was establishing guidelines for buying and selling the right to pollute...

NASA chief bucks White House on science suppression

The ongoing White House attempt to politicize science makes the front page of the New York Times. Now let's get this straight: Bush wants to go to Mars, but is so beholden to the anti-science religious right that he wants NASA to hedge on the Big Bang, always refering to it as a "theory." This contradiction could hold the seeds of the current administration's undoing. Corporate America may want to suppress science that indicates their fossil fuel products are destabilizing the Earth's climate, but they know they are going to need the very brightest and the best if they are going to realize their hubristic plans to exploit minerals on Mars. Meanwhile, big ups to Michael D. Griffin for bucking the administration's pressure. Maybe the revolt of the bureaucracy has begun...

2005: north hemisphere's warmest year on record

A question raised by scientists four months ago—whether 2005 would be the planet's warmest year on record—has now been answered: almost. From BBC News, Dec 15:

2005 warmest on record in north
This year has been the warmest on record in the Northern Hemisphere, say scientists in Britain. It is the second warmest globally since the 1860s, when reliable records began, they add.

Meanwhile, the frogs are dying...

So global warming is just a myth, eh? Somebody forgot to tell the frogs. From the Washington Post, Jan. 12:

Study: Global warming killing frog species
Rising temperatures are responsible for pushing dozens of frog species to extinction in the past three decades, according to new findings being reported today by a team of Latin American and U.S. scientists.

Glimmer of hope: SUV sales down

This may be bad news for Detroit, but given fast-growing evidence of global climate destabilization, it's damn good news for the rest of us. From the New York Times Nov. 2:

DETROIT, Nov. 1 - October, which is the start of the new model year, used to be a month for the auto industry to celebrate. This year, it was a month for Detroit to forget.

Big oil rakes in historic profits, keeps alternative energy off market

While the idiot left is busy blaming the Jews, the people who really run the planet are laughing all the way to the bank.

Big oil rakes in historic profits
While drivers have been paying up at the pump, profit has been gushing in to oil companies.

Thursday, ExxonMobil became the starkest example yet of how much big oil companies benefited from the huge run-up in oil prices in the third quarter even as two hurricanes ripped through the industry's Gulf Coast infrastructure. Exxon reported:

2005 warming record hinges on Siberia

2005 will be the second or third warmest year globally on record. The prediction comes as climate concerns build among people in polar and low-lying areas and in the insurance and utility industries. "Whether it is second or third depends on how Siberia reacts between now and the end of the year," said Wayne Elliott, a spokesman for Britain's weather service, the Met Office. "1998 was the warmest ever, 2005 is looking at being second. It will be another very warm year generally, which is in line with global climate change research."

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