Monday, August 16, 2010

Terence Corcoran — The climate ­climate: cool and getting colder | FP Comment | Financial Post
From Washington to Cancun to British Columbia, the climate issue is heading for the deep freeze
And now for the climate weather: It may be hot outside, but the political environment for climate science is in a deep freeze. In Washington, plans for a national carbon-trading system are colder than the ice in the mint juleps at the Round Robin Bar. The economy comes first in the U.S. Senate, where a new climate bill ran into a brick wall, putting an end to environmentalists’ hopes for a national cap-and-trade system any time in the next few years. “We fell victim to much broader politics that were beyond our control,” said a leading green activist.

In Bonn last weekend, climate politics got so cold that negotiators working on a new global climate treaty to replace the soon-to-expire Kyoto Protocol walked away from the talks, saying that the policy direction was going backward rather than forward.
Plan to sell off nature reserves risks 'austerity countryside' | Environment | The Guardian
Among the plans being considered by the government, which once declared itself "the greenest ever", are selling off national nature reserves; privatising parts of the Forestry Commission; privatising the Met Office, one of the world's leading research organisations on climate change; and withdrawing grants to British Waterways, which manages 2,200 miles of canals and rivers.
Twitter / Andy Revkin [After fossil-fueled trip to Maine, alarmist enjoys fossil-fueled boat races]
Enjoyed seeing Winter Harbor lobsterboat races as bald eagle sat in pine overhead.
Lobster Boat Races, Winter Harbor, Maine | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
[Revkin] Every August, lobster boats kick it up a notch in the annual races off Winter Harbor, Maine. I covered the race for The New York Times one year.

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