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Glaciers on California’s Mt. Shasta keep growing

July 8, 2008 – USA Today

The reasons that a glacier grows or shrinks are not solely due to air temperature (regardless of what Mr. Gore implies).  This story in the USA Today is a prime example of proving this false.  Unfortunately, this mountain seems to be the only mountain in the lower 48 states of the USA that has growing glaciers.

Due to Mt. Shasta’s elevation and proximity to the Pacific ocean with its prevailing winds, the area is seeing an increase in precipitation in the form of snow.  This snow is forming glaciers.

This does not mean that global warming doesn’t cause glaciers to shrink!  This just means that the formation and the maintenance of glaciers is more complicated than just ambient temperature.

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Administration Releases EPA Report, Then Repudiates It

July 12, 2008 – Wall Street Journal

The Bush administration continues to struggle with what to do with global warming and carbon dioxide as a pollutant.  The Supreme Court ruled that carbon dioxide is a pollutant resulting from the burning of several fossil fuels. This has caused the EPA to try to figure out what to do with this new authority without destroying the economy.

As with most issues that revolve around Washington DC, this one is embroiled in politics with both major Presidential candidates chiming in.

The Bush administration published a government blueprint to reduce the U.S. output of global-warming gases, but at the same time rejected the document out of hand — saying it relied on “untested legal theories” and would impose “crippling costs” on the U.S. economy.

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Chuck Norris is an energy expert?

I originally found out about Chuck Norris and his crusade for drilling on US land and territory by reading an article on The Chilling Effect. As my frequent readers know, I regularly make fun of celebrities that use their “star status” to promote the reduction of global warming influences (Laurie David, Live Earth, Al Gore).  Other blogs have gotten into that act as well commenting on Sheryl Crow (here and here) as well as other superstars.  In fact, there is a great list of “supporters” that make one start to question the education of any superstar.

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Schwarzenegger slams Bush administration on global warming – calls Bush efforts bogus

Crooks and Liars – July 13, 2008

This story is all over the web right now but the best coverage that I found was on Crooks and Liars as they include the video as well as a transcript of the interview. Other versions of the story only include a snippet of the actual interview (a lot like what I have done).

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STEPHANOPOULOS: How much of that is due, do you think, to global warming, to climate change?

SCHWARZENEGGER: Well, itís very hard to say. I mean, one thing we know for sure, and that is we have had a drought for two years in a row now.  … And I think that we just have to be aware of those changes. Iím sure, partially, that it has something to do with global warming, also, because we have just now broken a record.

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Global Warming Chief Among Threats to Coral Reefs

Environment News Service – July 7, 2008

image The degradation of coral life has been happening for quite some time.  I remember multiple articles on the effects of water pollution on coral life back in the 70s and 80s (before the Internet so I can’t point to those articles – sorry).

This article now includes global warming in that threat.  Since this is coming from the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium and the organization reportedly meets every 4 years then the problem is at least 44 years old!

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Cheney wanted cuts in climate testimony

USA Today – July 8, 2008

Politics, once again, rears its nasty head in the discussion of global warming.  I really don’t know what the truth is here and, frankly, I am not sure that I care.  On one side we have a mid-level manager saying that Vice President Dick Cheney forced the changing of testimony but refusing to give much very much detail. On the other side we have a White House spokesman saying the editing process was standard. 

It seems reasonable that Mr. Cheney should have some say on testimony from an Executive Branch organization.  He is the second in command of that branch of government.  It is not obvious to me that he actually changed anything but rather expressed his views.  The way I read this article, it seems that Ms. Gerberding made her statements over the objection of Mr. Cheney.

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