Monday, August 10, 2009

As global warming transitions to green technology...
No matter how you feel about global warming, it is clear that during our lifetimes we will move away from coal, oil and gas to sun, wind, tides and nuclear. What we're fighting about now is how quickly.
The IPCC Gets Sick of Science — MasterResource
In other words, Revkin reports that the IPCC wants to spend less time on science in their next report than they have in past reports and more time on issues for which it has no relevant expertise or comparative advantage. Of course, Revkin doesn’t put it quite that way, but that’s the unmistakable implication of what he reports.
Robert Reich's Blog: How the White House's Deal With Big Pharma Undermines Democracy
But I also care about democracy, and the deal between Big Pharma and the White House frankly worries me. It's bad enough when industry lobbyists extract concessions from members of Congress, which happens all the time. But when an industry gets secret concessions out of the White House in return for a promise to lend the industry's support to a key piece of legislation, we're in big trouble. That's called extortion: An industry is using its capacity to threaten or prevent legislation as a means of altering that legislation for its own benefit. And it's doing so at the highest reaches of our government, in the office of the President.

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