You are invited to an advanced film screening of “Cool It” with Bjorn Lomborg, October 5th from 4 to 7pm at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002. Lomborg will be attending this special screening with reception following. This new 90-minute documentary, hitting theaters in November, is based upon his book, Cool It. Seating is limited. Reserve your place by clicking here. Peter Foster reviewed the new film in Toronto’s Financial Post, “One Cool Movie.”
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Ice Loss Less Than Thought
According to the latest Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change newsletter, "Estimates of current rates of ice loss for Greenland and Antarctica have been reduced by a factor of two, suggesting that almost none of the sea level rise over the past decade is due to glacial ice loss." Click here to subscribe.
Inside the Beltway
The bill, S. 3813, now has 20 Democratic and 4 Republican sponsors. The Republicans besides Brownback are: Collins (Me.), Ensign (Nev.), and Grassley (Ia.). The Democrats besides Bingaman are: Dorgan (ND), Harkin (Ia.), Bennet (Colo.), Murray (Wash.), Begich (Alaska), Feinstein (Calif.), Reid (Nev.), Tom Udall (NM), Mark Udall (Colo.), Cantwell (Wash.), Franken (Minn.), Kerry (Mass.), Durbin (Ill.), Stabenow (Mich.), Kaufman (Del.), Johnson (SD), Shaheen (NH), Burris (Ill.), and Cardin (Md.).
Two headlines in Greenwire publications sum up the dilemma. On Thursday, the headline was “Renewable Electricity Standard Bill Stands Alone or Dies, Senate Sponsors Vow.” On Friday, however, the headline was “Lawmakers See RES Bill as Christmas Tree for Pet Projects.” The fact is that in lame duck sessions, Members become even more focused than they usually are on getting whatever they can for themselves. This means that trying to keep the bill free of lots of other provisions will be close to impossible. On the other hand, its slim chances for passage will become virtually nil if other provisions are added by amendment.
One of the possible amendments is Senator Jay Rockefeller’s (D-WV) bill to delay for two years EPA’s implementation of Clean Air Act regulations on greenhouse gas emissions. Rockefeller said he was thinking about it. Senator Christopher Bond (R-Mo.) said it was a definite possibility that he would offer it if Rockefeller did not.
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Pressure Mounts on Pachauri To Resign
Pressure is growing on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairman Rajendra Pachauri to resign in the wake of a critical audit released last month by the InterAcademy Council. Although the IAC report didn’t outright call for Pachauri’s resignation, the lead investigator, Harold Shapiro, said that the IPCC has to “re-earn” trust for the chair, which has been taken to mean that Pachauri’s ouster is a necessary reform. This week, former United Kingdom Environmental Minister Tim Yeo told the BBC that Pachauri is “doing more harm than good,” and Mike Hulme, a former IPCC lead author, said that a new chairman would bring “respect” to the panel. Pachauri’s reputation has become so damaged that the UK director of Greenpeace John Sauven told The Times, “the IPCC needs to regain credibility. Is that going to happen with Pachauri? I don't think so.”
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