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Friday, June 20, 2003

:: White House cools climate change warning ::
The White House has been accused of watering down an Environmental Protection Agency report into the serious threats posed by climate change...

If true, this is pretty audacious as the US National Academy of Science has recently said that:

"The leading cause (of climate change) is emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels"

"Temperatures are, in fact, rising"

"Greenhouse gases are accumulating in the earth's atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise" and

"National policy decisions made now and in the longer-term future will influence the extent of any damage suffered by vulnerable human populations and ecosystems later in this century."

These conclusions have also been endorsed + expanded upon by 17 European National Academies of Science, the International Panel on Climate Change, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, as well as the vast majority of credible climate scientists.

In terms of this administration's track record it is worth remembering what happened to Dr. Robert Watson, the widely respected and out-spoken former head of the IPCC...

As to why anyone might wish to deny the harmful effects of our current addiction to fossil fuels (at almost any price!) you can find out how much money the oil + gas industries have recently given to the major political parties by following this link.

I'll leave it to you to decide who can be the most objective when it comes to the issue of climate change...