First, those that cast doubt on the veracity of global warming concerns:
Some scientists argue that some of Mr. Gore’s central points on global warming are exaggerated and erroneous. But Mr. Gore clearly has supporters among leading scientists, who call his science basically sound… ‘I don’t want to pick on Al Gore,’ Don J. Easterbrook, an emeritus professor of geology at Western Washington University, told hundreds of experts at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. ‘But there are a lot of inaccuracies in the statements we are seeing, and we have to temper that with real data’…
This comes on the heels of attacks on Gore for his higher-than-average electricity bill. (I personally think that while this is just the standard “attack the messenger because you can’t attack the message” strategy employed by right-wing politicos I do have to question if Gore is setting the right example by only offsetting his large climate footprint, rather than working to reduce his energy consumption.)
A North Pole expedition meant to bring attention to global warming was called off after one of the explorers got frostbite. The explorers, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, on Saturday called off what was intended to be a 530-mile trek across the Arctic Ocean after Arnesen suffered frostbite in three of her toes, and extreme cold temperatures drained the batteries in some of their electronic equipment.
Cue the cries of “see, global warming isn’t real!”
And now to a couple of headlines about political machinations:
Democrats running Congress will likely not be able to pass climate legislation with mandatory limits on “greenhouse” gases without help from President Bush, the chairman of the Senate’s energy panel said Monday.
And for all of Bush’s rhetoric about our addiction to oil and the real threat of global climate change, the administration still opposes anything but business as usual: White House seeks to cut geothermal research funds
The Bush administration wants to eliminate federal support for geothermal power just as many U.S. states are looking to cut greenhouse gas emissions and raise renewable power output. The move has angered scientists who say there is enough hot water underground to meet all U.S. electricity needs without greenhouse gas emissions.