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Thomas Schueneman

Blair, McCain lead pep rally at World Economic Forum

29 Jan 2007 at 11:01am

Let's start the week with a bit of rhetorical optimism. In a high-profile speech this weekend at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland -- a gathering of leading politicians and businessfolk from around ye olde globe -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered a hopeful outlook for climate action. ...

Clean-energy investments add jobs, moolah to Silicon Valley

29 Jan 2007 at 11:01am

Remember the U.S. excuse for not adopting green policies, the one about hurting the economy? Yeah, that's out the window. A new report says Silicon Valley added 33,000 jobs in 2006 after five years of job losses, thanks in large part to gigantarific investments in green technologies. "There's a lot ...

Doug Koplow, subsidies researcher and founder of Earth Track, InterActivates

29 Jan 2007 at 11:01am

If there are harmful subsidies in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Doug Koplow! The fearless founder of Earth Track is out to protect the world from excessive private handouts, which often go undetected thanks to complexity and sheer wordiness. In prose easy for the layperson to understand, this week's ...

ExxonMobil says it's taking climate change seriously -- seriously

29 Jan 2007 at 11:01am

Guess who said this about climate change: "We know enough now -- or, society knows enough now -- that the risk is serious and action should be taken." No, not some dirty hippie, but an executive from oil behemoth ExxonMobil. (Ow, our jaw!) Greenhouse-gas reduction has become a theme of ...

Umbra on trusting scientists

29 Jan 2007 at 11:01am

This oughta be interesting. Today a reader makes an impassioned plea to advice maven Umbra Fisk for help interpreting an NOAA scientist's take on this winter's warm weather. In response, Umbra makes an impassioned plea for belief in the sanctity of science, while admitting that politics can throw a wrench ...


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