Archive for March 26th, 2010


Warmest on Record

March 26, 2010

The Washington Post’s Post Carbon reports today that the World Meteorological Association has also found that the past decade was the warmest on record. Bundle down, kiddos.

The United Nations’ agency findings echo the recent findings of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which concluded the period from 2000 to 2009 was the warmest since modern temperature record keeping began in the 1850s.

Also from Post Carbon is this overview of a recent video by Greenpeace:

The PolluterHarmony video, a takeoff on a popular dating service, shows an oil executive named “Rex” (with an ExxonMobile mug by his side) discussing being matched with his multiple love interests–including dictators from the Mideast and Latin America, and a guy named “Bob McD” from Virginia.

“Bob pops up and winks at me and I said, ‘No way, this guy’s way too clean cut for me,'” Rex recounts.

Alluding to the fact that oil companies are just as interested in getting oil from overseas as from offshore of the U.S., the video includes a line from Rex in which he says of Bob, “He’s OK with open relationships, no problem. Right now it’s hot and heavy and things are really flowing.”

Chase that down with Jim Hoggan’s link to Greenpeace’s 20 year history of Climate Denial.

The new report succinctly explains how fossil fuel interests used the tobacco industry’s playbook and an extensive arsenal of lobbyists and “experts” for hire in order to manufacture disinformation designed to confuse the public and stifle action to address climate change.

In the report, titled “Dealing in Doubt: The Climate Denial Industry and Climate Science,”Greenpeace provides a brief history of the attacks waged by polluting industries against climate science, the IPCC and individual scientists.