With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 2/23/2010, 12:49pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Green medals at the Vancouver Olympics; Early spring in Japan; Slow boats to China; EPA under fire ... PLUS: Climate change legislation --- not dead yet! ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Is the Bloom Box really a "breakthrough"?; Solar Power in the Remotest Places; Dams to be removed on Klamath River; Shipper fined for SF Bay oil spill; Google approved to become electric utility; Top scientists confirm climate consensus; Scientist: "Climate changes are proven fact"; Fact-checking the "Skeptical Environmentalist; George Will's latest column is just sad; Cyber-bullying, death threats for Australian climate scientists ... PLUS: Journalistic malpractice on global warming...

Info/links on those stories and all the ones we talked about on today's episode follow below...

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report...

  • Bloom Box: What is it and how does it work?: A '60 Minutes' Bloom Box segment has many excited about the home power plant. Is it too good to be true? (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Making Solar Power Portable (NY Times)
  • Agreement Reached on Klamath River (Green Inc.)
  • Operators of cargo ship in SF Bay spill fined $10M (AP)
  • Google gets go-ahead to buy, sell energy (CNET)
  • Top Scientists Affirm Consensus on Global Warming (Environmental News Service)
  • The Latest on IPCC, Phil Jones "Controversies", Climate Change Deniers:
    • Fact Checking the Skeptical Environmentalist:
      Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg has made his fame and a fortune as a climate change skeptic; Howard Friel took on the unenviable task of fact checking Lomborg's sources. Friel found enough to be skeptical about in Lomborg's findings to write a whole book, The Lomborg Deception. (Mother Jones)
    • OP-ED: Climate changes are proven fact: "[I]n spite of all its complexity and uncertainties, we should not lose track of the simple fact that theory, actual observations of the planet, and complex models - however imperfect each is in isolation - all point to ongoing, potentially dangerous human alteration of climate." (Boston Globe)
    • Willy Nilly Silly: George Will Lies About Phil Jones: "It is not the scientists whose view of science is dictated by ideology. It is “conservatives” like Will, who reason that if a problem cannot be solved by the “free market,” then that problem must be either unimportant or nonexistent." (The New Yorker)
    • A Forest of Examples: "[George] Will should be fired. I do not say this because I disagree with him; I say this he is being an breathtakingly irresponsible demagogue and has shown himself willing to talk irresponsible lies in order to destroy somebody's career and reputation. George Will deserves to be fired for this column. He won't be, but there you go." (Whiskey Fire)
    • Cyber-Bullying, lies and the rise of right-wing climate denial: The purpose of this new form of cyber-bullying seems clear; it is to upset and intimidate the targets, making them reluctant to participate further in the climate change debate or to change what they say... to drive people out of the public debate. (Australian Broadcasting Corp.)
    • Journalistic malpractice on global warming (The Economist):
      That Daily Mail headline is a lie. Phil Jones did not say there had been no global warming since 1995; he said the opposite.
      ...
      What's truly infuriating about this episode of journalistic malpractice is that, once again, it illustrates the reasons why the East Anglia scientists adopted an adversarial attitude towards information management with regard to outsiders and the media. They were afraid that any data they allowed to be characterised by non-climate scientists would be vulnerable to propagandistic distortion. And they were right.