June 7, 2005

The window is closing

The most important principle in any discussion of global warming is your commitment to sound science...The scientific debate is closing [against us] but not yet closed. There is still a window of opportunity to challenge the science.
-- Frank Luntz, Republican strategist, in a 2002 memorandum to GOP congressional candidates

The science academies of the world's leading nations are urging their governments to take prompt action to combat possible climate change.
They have agreed that all countries could and should take cost-effective action to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
The statement will be made on Wednesday by the academies of the G8 nations, including the UK's Royal Society, the US National Academy, China and Brazil.
They will make their voices heard ahead of July's G8 meeting in Scotland.
--BBC News, 6/7/05


  1. Check this out from the front page of the NY Times today for more on the Republican's responsible investigation into global warming.

  2. Yeah I had read about how the Bush adminstration was editing scientific reports on the environment before, but this is the first in-depth article with specific details I have seen. Let's hope it becomes it a big news story.

  3. Speaking of sound science, how about the RealClimate.com discussion of the CO2 issues. Turns out the U.S. is a CO2 "sink". Our reforestation over the last century actually results in us absorbing more CO2, net net, than we put out.

    That's why the Kyoto Protocol has to include the sources of much of our consumption, such as China, and more and more in the future, India.


    See comments #3, #4, and others.