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Dear friends,
Below are
many highly revealing one-paragraph excerpts of important global warming
articles from the mainstream media. Though many politicians and
oil executives long denied the existence of global warming, most
scientists now agree that it is one of the greatest challenges facing our
planet.
The below articles shed light on this most important
topic and how it has been covered up. Links are provided to the full
articles on major media websites. If any link should fail to function, click here. By
choosing to educate ourselves on these important issues and to spread the word, we
can and will build a
brighter future.


With
best wishes,

Tod Fletcher and Fred
Burks
for PEERS and the WantToKnow.info Team







ExxonMobil tried to mislead, scientists
say

2007-01-04, Boston
Globe/
Associated Press

http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/01/04/exxonmobil_tried_to_...
ExxonMobil
Corp. gave $16 million to 43 ideological groups between 1998 and 2005 in
an
effort to mislead the public by discrediting the science behind global
warming, the Union of Concerned Scientists asserted yesterday.

The report by the advocacy group mirrors similar claims by Britain's
leading scientific academy. Last September, The Royal Society wrote the
oil company asking it to halt support for groups that "misrepresented the
science of climate change." Alden Meyer, the Union of Concerned
Scientists' strategy and policy director, said in a teleconference that
ExxonMobil based its tactics on those of tobacco companies, spreading
uncertainty by misrepresenting peer-reviewed scientific studies or
emphasizing only selected facts. James McCarthy, a professor at Harvard
University, said the company has sought to "create the illusion of a
vigorous debate" about global warming.






[url=][/url]
[url=] Dirty Secret: Green Cars Automakers Won't Sell
You
[/url][url=]
2007-09-01,
msn.com

[/url]http://autos.msn.com/advice/article.aspx?contentid=4024974

On a
recent run from Boston to Cape Cod, I test drove the 2008 Honda Accord,
the latest version of this family favorite. The new Accord boasts an
environmental first: a six-cylinder gasoline engine that's cleaner than
many hybrid systems. There's only one catch: You can't actually buy this
ultra-green Accord, or the four-cylinder version that also produces
near-zero pollution. That is, unless you live in California, New York or
six other northeast states that follow California's tougher pollution
rules. Only there can you buy this Accord, or the roughly two dozen other
models that meet so-called Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle standards, PZEV
for short. Not only can't you buy one, but the government says
it's currently illegal for automakers to sell these green cars
outside of the special states. Under terms of the Clean Air Act - in the
kind of delicious irony only our government can pull off - anyone
(dealer,
consumer, automaker) involved in an out-of-bounds PZEV sale could be
subject to civil fines of up to $27,500.
Volvo sent its dealers
a
memo alerting them to this fact, noting that its greenest S40 and V50
models were only for the special states. So, just how green is a PZEV
machine? Well, if you just cut your lawn with a gas mower,
congratulations, you just put out more pollution in one hour than these
cars do in 2,000 miles of driving. Grill a single juicy burger, and
you've
cooked up the same hydrocarbon emissions as a three-hour drive in a Ford
Focus PZEV. As the California Air Resources Board has noted, the tailpipe
emissions of these cars can be cleaner than the outside air in smoggy
cities. PZEV models are already available from Toyota, Ford, Honda, GM,
Subaru, Volvo and VW. But chances are, you've never heard of them.

Note:
For many exciting articles about new, efficient and clean energy
inventions, click
here.




[url=][/url]
[url=]Climate Experts Worry as 2006 Is Hottest Year
on
Record in U.S.
[/url][url=]
2007-01-10,
Washington Post

[/url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/09/AR20070109019...
Last year
was
the warmest in the continental United States in the past 112 years --
capping a nine-year warming streak "unprecedented in the historical
record" that was driven in part by the burning of fossil fuels, the
government reported yesterday. According to the government's National
Climatic Data Center, the record-breaking warmth -- which caused
daffodils
and cherry trees to bloom throughout the East on New Year's Day -- was
the
result of both unusual regional weather patterns and the long-term
effects
of the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The center said there
are indications that the rate at which global temperatures are rising is
speeding up. Average temperatures nationwide in 2006 were 2.2 degrees
Fahrenheit higher than the mean temperatures nationwide for the 20th
century. Climate experts generally do not make much of temperature
fluctuations over one or two years, but ... the record 2006 temperatures
were part of a long and worrisome trend. For instance, NOAA said, the
past
nine years have all been among the 25 warmest years on record for the
continental United States. Brenda Ekwurzel, a climate scientist with the
Union of Concerned Scientists [said] "when you look at
temperatures across the globe, every single year since 1993 has been in
the top 20 warmest years on record."
Globally, 2005 was the
hottest year on record ... and 2006 was slightly cooler.






[url=][/url]
[url=]Bribes offered to scientists[/url][url=]
2007-02-03, Sydney Morning
Herald

(Australia's leading newspaper)

[/url]http://www.smh.com.au/news/environment/bribes-offered-to-scientists/2007/02/0...
Scientists
and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by
one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine the UN climate
change report.
Letters sent by the American Enterprise
Institute,
an ExxonMobil-funded think tank with close links to the Bush
Administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the
shortcomings of the report. Travel expenses and additional payments were
also offered. The institute has received more than $1.6 million from
ExxonMobil - which yesterday announced a $50 billion annual profit, the
biggest ever by a US company - and more than 20 of its staff have worked
as consultants to the Bush Administration. A former head of ExxonMobil,
Lee Raymond, is the vice-chairman of the institute's board of trustees.


Note:
Why wasn't this important story covered by any
major media in the U.S.? For an answer, click here.







Cheap solar power poised to undercut oil and
gas
by half

2007-02-18,
The
Telegraph
(One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/02/19/ccview19.xml
Within
five years, solar power will be cheap enough to compete with
carbon-generated electricity.
In a decade, the cost may have
fallen so dramatically that solar cells could undercut oil, gas, coal and
nuclear power by up to half. Anil Sethi, the chief executive of the Swiss
start-up company Flisom,
says he looks forward to the day - not so far off - when entire cities in
America and Europe generate their heating, lighting and air-conditioning
needs from solar films on buildings with enough left over to feed a
surplus back into the grid. The secret? A piece of dark polymer foil, as
thin as a sheet of paper. It is so light it can be stuck to the sides of
buildings. It can be mass-produced in cheap rolls like packaging - in any
colour. The "tipping point" will arrive when the capital cost of solar
power falls below $1 (51p) per watt, roughly the cost of carbon power.
The
best options today vary from $3 to $4 per watt - down from $100 in the
late
1970s. Mr Sethi believes his product will cut the cost to 80 cents per
watt
within five years, and 50 cents in a decade. "We don't need
subsidies, we just need governments to get out of the way and do no
harm,"
he said.
Solar use [has] increased dramatically in Japan and
above
all Germany, where Berlin's green energy law passed in 2004 forces the
grid
to buy surplus electricity from households at a fat premium. The tipping
point in Germany and Japan came once households [understood] that they
could undercut their unloved utilities. Credit Lyonnais believes the rest
of the world will soon join the stampede. Needless to say,
electricity utilities are watching the solar revolution with
horror.


Note:
Why is this inspiring, important news getting so little press coverage?
And
why not more solar subsidies? For a possible answer, click here. For an
amazing new energy source not yet reported in the major media which could
make even solar energy obsolete, click
here.


[url=][/url]
[url=]Scientists muzzled, Congress told[/url][url=]
2007-03-21, Sydney Morning
Herald

(Australia's leading newspaper)

[/url]http://www.smh.com.au/news/environment/scientists-muzzled/2007/03/20/11741530...
The Bush
Administration has run a systematic campaign to play down the dangers of
climate change, demanding hundreds of politically motivated changes to
scientific reports and muzzling a pre-eminent expert on global warming,
the US Congress has been told. The testimony ... painted the
Administration as determined to maintain its line on climate change even
when it clashed with the findings of scientific experts. The
Administration has moved to exercise control over environmental agencies
by installing political appointees including a former oil industry
lobbyist, Philip Cooney, as chief of staff of the Council on
Environmental
Quality. In 2003 Mr Cooney and other senior appointed officials
made at least 181 changes to a strategic plan on climate change to play
down the scientific consensus on global warming.
They made a
further 113 alterations to minimise the human role in climate change.
"These changes must be made," a note in Mr Cooney's handwriting says.
Under heated questioning, Mr Cooney admitted the changes were all
intended
to cast doubt on the impact of global warming. Control from the White
House became the norm, [NASA's Dr. James] Hansen told the committee.
"Scientific press releases were going to the White House for editing," he
said. "It's very unfortunate that we developed this politicisation of
science. The public relations office should be staffed by expert
appointees - otherwise they become offices of propaganda." Hansen was
also restrained from giving press interviews by a junior political
appointee, George Deutsch. Mr Deutsch left NASA early last year after it
emerged he had falsified his CV.

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[url=][/url]
[url=]Exxon's 'outlandish' earnings spark
furor
[/url][url=]
2007-02-02,
Globe
and Mail
(One of Canada's Leading Newspapers)

[/url]http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070202.EXXON02/TPStory
The world's
largest publicly owned oil company announced yesterday the largest
corporate profit ever, but news of its near $40-billion (U.S.) windfall
in
2006 sparked an angry backlash, coming on the eve of a major report
blaming
the use of fossil fuels for wreaking devastation on the planet. Exxon
shares have risen by about 20 per cent in the past year. Exxon wasn't
alone in unprecedented oil earnings. Royal Dutch Shell PLC, an
Anglo-Dutch
company, and U.S.-run Marathon Oil and Valero Energy, also posted
best-ever
annual results yesterday. And ConocoPhillips Co., also American, last
week
posted its highest profits. Profits at the five companies together
totalled $91.1-billion -- in a year when drivers paid record prices for
gasoline. Both Democratic and Republican members of Congress have also
urged Exxon to end its funding of organizations that deny the existence
of
-- or minimize the seriousness of -- human-made global warming.
Scientists
yesterday accused the conservative American Enterprise Institute, which
receives funding from Exxon, of offering scientists up to $10,000 for
articles that undercut a report to be released today from the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Last month, the Union of Concerned
Scientists ... said that Exxon has spent $16 million over the past 10
years financing organizations that deny the seriousness of climate
change.
Alden Meyer, a strategist with the group, compared Exxon's
efforts
to discredit the science of global warming to the tobacco companies'
efforts to sow doubts about the link between smoking and lung cancer in
order to protect their profits.


Note:
If the article link above does not work, click
here. Compare this Canadian article with the New
York Times
reporting of this record profit, or that of any other
major U.S. newspaper. The U.S. press barely mentions that oil company
gouging which took dollars from your pocket is what led to record
profits.
To understand why the U.S. press behaves in this way, click here.


[url=][/url]
[url=]Disappearing world: Global warming claims
tropical island
[/url][url=]
2006-12-24, The Independent (One of the
U.K.'s leading newspapers)

[/url]http://environment.independent.co.uk/climate_change/article2099971.ece
Rising
seas, caused by global warming, have for the first time washed an
inhabited
island off the face of the Earth.
The obliteration of Lohachara
island, in India's part of the Sundarbans where the Ganges and the
Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, marks the moment when
one
of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate
scientists has started coming true. As the seas continue to swell, they
will swallow whole island nations ... inundate vast areas of countries
from Bangladesh to Egypt, and submerge parts of scores of coastal cities.
Eight years ago ... the first uninhabited islands - in the Pacific atoll
nation of Kiribati - vanished beneath the waves. The people of low-lying
islands in Vanuatu, also in the Pacific, have been evacuated as a
precaution, but the land still juts above the sea. The disappearance of
Lohachara, once home to 10,000 people, is unprecedented. Two-thirds of
nearby populated island Ghoramara has also been permanently inundated.
Refugees from the vanished Lohachara island and the disappearing
Ghoramara
island have fled to Sagar, but this island has already lost 7,500 acres
of
land to the sea. In all, a dozen islands, home to 70,000 people, are in
danger of being submerged by the rising seas.


[url=][/url]
[url=]Science a la Joe Camel[/url][url=]
2006-11-26, Washington
Post

[/url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/24/AR20061124007...
At hundreds
of screenings this year of "An Inconvenient Truth," the first thing many
viewers said after the lights came up was that every student in every
school in the United States needed to see this movie. The producers of
former vice president Al Gore's film about global warming ... certainly
agreed. So the company that made the documentary decided to offer 50,000
free DVDs to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). It seemed
like a no-brainer. In their e-mail rejection, [NSTA] expressed concern
that ... they didn't want to offer "political" endorsement of the film;
and they saw "little, if any, benefit to NSTA or its members" in
accepting
the free DVDs. As for classroom benefits, the movie has been
enthusiastically endorsed by leading climate scientists worldwide, and is
required viewing for all students in Norway and Sweden. But there was one
more curious argument in the e-mail: Accepting the DVDs, they wrote,
would
place "unnecessary risk upon the [NSTA] capital campaign, especially
certain targeted supporters." One of those supporters, it turns out, is
the Exxon Mobil Corp. That's the same Exxon Mobil that for more
than a decade has done everything possible to muddle public understanding
of global warming and stifle any serious effort to solve it.
It
has run ads in leading newspapers ... questioning the role of manmade
emissions in global warming, and financed the work of a small band of
scientific skeptics who have tried to challenge the consensus that
heat-trapping pollution is drastically altering our atmosphere.
NSTA says it has received $6 million from the company since
1996.
Exxon Mobil has a representative on the group's corporate
advisory board.






[url=][/url]
[url=]U.S. bars talk of climate change effects on
bears
[/url][url=]
2007-03-08,
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (One of Seattle's two leading
newspapers)

[/url]http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/306820_bears09.html
The Bush
administration is ordering federal wildlife officials headed for
international meetings on polar bears not to talk about how climate
change
and melting ice are affecting the imperiled animals. It is the
latest in a string of cases in which the administration has carefully
controlled or even banned government employees' public speech about
global
warming.
This latest chapter involves two memorandums written in
late February that put strict limits on what U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service employees could discuss at meetings in Norway and Russia. A third
memo says the policy will apply for trips to those two nations as well as
Canada and "any northern country." The memos came just months after the
administration, under pressure from a suit brought by conservationists,
announced that it would consider protecting the bears under the
Endangered
Species Act. Top-down control of government scientists' discussions of
climate change became controversial last year, after appointees at NASA
kept journalists from interviewing climate scientists and discouraged
news
releases on global warming. In June, a high-ranking official in [NASA
admitted] the agency "inappropriately" denied a journalist's request to
interview James Hansen, an outspoken scientist who heads NASA's Goddard
Institute for Space Studies. In September, news accounts revealed that
the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had suppressed an
internal
agency e-mail intended to summarize scientists' consensus on evidence of
a
link between hurricanes and climate change.




[url=][/url]
[url=]Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence
Him
[/url][url=]
2006-01-29, New
York Times

[/url]http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/29/science/earth/29climate.html?ex=1296190800&...
After
[a] speech and the release of data by Dr. [James] Hansen on Dec. 15
showing
that 2005 was probably the warmest year in at least a century, officials
at
the headquarters of the space agency repeatedly [warned] Dr. Hansen that
there would be "dire consequences" if such statements continued.


Hansen, longtime director of the agency's Goddard Institute for Space
Studies, said in an interview that officials at NASA headquarters had
ordered the public affairs staff to review his coming lectures, papers,
postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from
journalists. Dean Acosta, deputy assistant administrator for public
affairs at the space agency, said ... the restrictions on Dr. Hansen
applied to all [NASA] personnel. "This is not about any individual or any
issue like global warming," he said. Dr. Hansen strongly disagreed ...
saying such procedures had already prevented the public from fully
grasping recent findings. Dr. Hansen said that nothing in 30 years
equaled
the push made since early December to keep him from publicly discussing
what he says are clear-cut dangers from further delay in curbing carbon
dioxide. The fight between Dr. Hansen and administration officials
echoes other recent disputes. At climate laboratories of the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for example, many scientists who
routinely took calls from reporters five years ago can now do so only if
the interview is approved by administration officials in Washington, and
then only if a public affairs officer is present or on the phone.




[url=][/url]
[url=]We Could Be Ignoring the Biggest Story in Our
History
[/url][url=]
2006-01-18,
Washington Post

[/url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/17/AR20060117008...
The
best
reporting of ... climate change has come from Elizabeth Kolbert in the
New
Yorker. Her three-part series last spring lucidly explained the
harbingers
of potential disaster: a shrinking of Arctic sea ice by 250 million acres
since 1979; a thawing of the permafrost for what appears to be the first
time in 120,000 years; a steady warming of Earth's surface temperature;
changes in rainfall patterns that could presage severe droughts of the
sort that destroyed ancient civilizations. This month she published a new
piece, "Butterfly Lessons," that looked at how these delicate creatures
are moving into new habitats as the planet warms. Her real point was that
all life, from microorganisms to human beings, will have to adapt, and in
ways that could be dangerous and destabilizing. If people such as ...
Kolbert are right, we are all but ignoring the biggest story in the
history of humankind. Kolbert concluded her series last year with this
shattering thought: "It may seem impossible to imagine that a
technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy
itself, but that is what we are now in the process of doing." The
failure
of the United States to get serious about climate change is unforgivable,
a
human folly beyond imagining.








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