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Mr. Bush's one-two punch

16
Jul
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You've given us a one-two punch this week, Mr. President.

The first blow was your lifting the executive ban on offshore domestic energy development in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

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Want smarter kids? Stop burning coal

15
Jul
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Add another bullet to the standard warnings to pregnant women about alcohol and cigarettes—stay away from coal power plants!

Closing coal-fired power plants can have a direct, positive impact on children’s cognitive development and health according to a study released by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health...

Among the first group of children, prenatal exposure to coal-burning emissions was associated with significantly lower average developmental scores and reduced motor development at age two.

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Bush lifts offshore drilling ban

14
Jul

As if President Bush's disdainful exit from a G8 meeting on climate change wasn't enough, now comes this:

WASHINGTON — In another push to deal with soaring gas prices, President Bush on Monday will lift an executive ban on offshore drilling that his stood since his father was president. But the move, by itself, will do nothing unless Congress acts as well.
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Around the Blogs this week - 7/11/08

11
Jul

In case you haven't been following what's been happening in the climate blogosphere lately, here are some of this week's hottest environmental stories:

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G8 '08: Not enough

10
Jul
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This is our first post by David Murray, another of our awesome summer interns. -- Luis

Wednesday, the leaders of the world's most powerful nations met in Toyako, Japan for the 2008 G8 Summit. This was an opportunity for the world’s major polluters to commit to major cuts in carbon emissions over the next few years. Unfortunately, they failed to seize the opportunity.

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Climate news roundup - 7/10/08

10
Jul

Perhaps the biggest climate news this week comes from Japan, where the leaders of the G8 agreed to cut carbon emissions by levels well below what the latest science demands:

President Bush and leaders of the world’s richest nations pledged Tuesday to “move toward a low-carbon society” by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, the latest step in a long evolution by a president who for years played down the threat of global warming.
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Carbon capture & storage: Putting the cart before the horse

10
Jul
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NOTE: There’s a Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee hearing today about the CCS bill. Click here for more info.

On June 12th, Rick Boucher (D-VA), who chairs the House Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee, introduced the Carbon Capture and Storage Early Deployment Act (H.R. 6258). Touted as the fruit of bipartisan effort, the legislation proposes to establish a non-governmental fund and entity to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.

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Video: Gillian Caldwell on climate change and the G8 Summit

8
Jul
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Our Campaign Director Gillian Caldwell appeared on Al Jazeera English last night to discuss the prospects for a climate change agreement at the G8 Summit. Click here to watch Gillian thoroughly deconstruct the "arguments" presented by global warming skeptic Diane Katz of the conservative Fraser Institute in Canada. I've also embedded it below for your immediate viewing pleasure.

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Bush administration treats global warming study like spam

6
Jul
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Did you know that, by increasing fuel efficiency standards four percent a year, we would gain a net benefit to society of $1.4 – 2 trillion dollars by 2040? If you didn’t, we don’t blame you, because the White House is working to suppress a study conducted by the EPA highlighting the imminent threat of global warming and America’s capabilities to respond to the climate crisis. The method of suppression? Treating the EPA report like spam.

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Why does global warming hate America?

4
Jul
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Reason #1,776 to tackle climate change: It could forever ruin your 4th of July celebrations. In some places, it already is (h/t to Climate Progress):

Dozens of communities in drought-stricken areas are scrapping public fireworks displays and cracking down on backyard pyrotechnics to reduce the risk of fires.
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