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By Desi Doyen on 8/5/2010, 1:00pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: BP says the oil well is plugged. The Feds say most of the oil is gone. But is it?... PLUS: The UN’s secret plan to take over the world with bicycles! ... AND: Senate Democrats cave yet again… All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Why 2 million (promised) green jobs couldn't sell a climate bill; When religious beliefs become dangerous; New state surveys affirm Americans' belief in global warming, gov't action; Fossil fuels keep getting all the (tax) breaks; Editor of The Atlantic "fabricates another quote to smear" climate scientist; CA's climate law will improve lives of low income Californians; Big agreement on home appliances means big savings for consumers ...PLUS: Bye Bye Miami: Scientist says it's too late to stop significant sea level rise ...

STORIES DISCUSSED IN TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

  • Why 2 million (promised) green jobs couldn't sell a climate bill: On Capitol Hill, the fossil-fuel crowd enjoyed two key advantages. One was influence: Oil and gas companies have combined for nearly $90 million in federal lobbying expenditures and campaign contributions so far this year, according to records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Wind, solar and other “alternative energy” firms have tallied about $16 million. (LA Times Green)
  • Faith and Foolishness: When Religious Beliefs Become Dangerous: Religious leaders should be held accountable when their irrational ideas turn harmful: The survey’s most enlightening aspect was its categorization of responses by levels of religious activity, which suggests that the most devout are on average least willing to accept the evidence of reality. (Scientific American)
  • New State Surveys Affirm Americans' Belief in Global Warming, Support for Government Action on Climate Change: The new research also shows that majorities of residents in these states - 74 percent of Floridians, 77 percent of Maine residents and 77 percent of Massachusetts residents - think the U.S. government should take action to limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by businesses. Of those supporting such federal action, 74 percent or more of the respondents from each state thought this should start "right away." (Woods Institute for the Environment)
  • Throw Me the Money: Fossil fuels keep getting the breaks: a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which confirms that governments around the world shell out significantly more money in subsidies for fossil fuels than for renewables (Grist)
  • Atlantic shocker: Senior editor Clive Crook fabricates another quote to smear Michael Mann (Climate Progress)
  • Opinion: AB32 will improve lives of low income and minority Californians: The companies bankrolling Proposition 23, Tesoro and Valero, are two of the largest polluters in our state, and their intent is to kill California's job-creating clean-air and -energy standards and cripple clean-energy competition. (San Jose Mercury News)
  • Big Agreement on Home Appliances Means Big Savings for Consumers: These six appliances now join street lights and residential air conditioners and furnaces in waiting for Congress to enact consensus agreements on future standards. There certainly are a lot of energy savings and billions of consumer savings just looking for a home on Capitol Hill. (Huffington Post Green)
  • Bye Bye Miami: Scientist Says Too Late to Stop Significant Sea Level Rise (or save Miami) (Center for Environmental Journalism):
    In White’s view, it’s already too late to turn back the clock on climate change to save low-lying coastal cities like Miami. The ice cores that he and his colleagues drill from Greenland and Antarctica tell us that the last time greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere were as high as they are today, the world was even warmer than it is now, Greenland was largely deglaciated, and sea level was 10 to 15 feet higher.
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    “If sea level is rising at the rate that it is today, this is something that we can deal with. We’ll lose Miami, for example, but we can perhaps pay for that if we decide that’s the way we want to go. If sea level is rising very rapidly then that makes adaptation more difficult and more expensive.”
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    “I think that adaptation is in our future whether we like it or not. We’re going to have to deal with this problem. You can’t stop physics. You can argue all you want. You can say global warming is not happening all you want, but that’s not going to stop global warming.