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Why we know global warming is here and
how industry has created the illusion of ‘uncertainty’
How is it that all the top climate scientists agree that global warming is real, but the story that keeps getting told is that there's uncertainty?
In an interview with the Planet's Timothy Lesle, climatologist Steven Schneider explains that the uncertainty stems partly from the way the media covers science like politics—where they “balance” two sides. But in science, says Schneider, “there aren’t two sides.” MORE
Judgement Day at Hand for Arctic Refuge
Tight vote expected as Club targets Republican moderates
Maine’s two senators, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, consider themselves champions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. They have voted several times against Arctic drilling and they joined the filibuster against it in 2003.
But Maine Sierra Club organizer Maureen Drouin says that because Bush administration allies in Congress snuck projected revenues from Arctic drilling into the $2.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill—which also includes provisions affecting Maine’s struggling shipbuilding industry and medicare program—Collins and Snowe could end up tipping the balance in favor of drilling. MORE
Playing the ‘Infinite Game’ —
the Game We Get to Play Forever
Visionary designer Bill McDonough thinks big and small
Sierra Summit 2005 master speaker Bill McDonough thinks big: he's designing seven new cities in China. McDonough also thinks small: he's designing “cradle-to-cradle” packaging for bread.
Cities, bread—they're not so different to him. They're all part of what he calls the “Next Industrial Revolution,” which includes projects like textile factories where the water coming out is cleaner than the water coming in, and sewage treatment plants that generate revenue by becoming fertilizer factories.
Coalition launches campaign against company that “exemplifies what’s wrong with our energy policy and energy politics”
On the day of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Detroit, says Sierra Club organizer Leigh Fifelski, local volunteers kicked off the Exxpose Exxon campaign at a Mobil station in Royal Oak, just outside the city, waving signs at passersby like “Exxon—High Prices, Big Polluters” and “Pay back the Fishermen.”
“Right after we got there,” she says, “a woman pumping gas asked what was going on. After we explained, she stopped pumping gas and said, ‘Oh, I won’t come here anymore,’ and drove off.”
Fifelski and her colleagues were among the more than 50 groups across the country who rallied against Exxon this summer, urging their members and the public not to purchase ExxonMobil’s gasoline or other products, invest in ExxonMobil stock, or work for the company.
Why? For starters, there’s the $12 million ExxonMobil has spent to fund “climate skeptics” who proclaim that global warming science is “uncertain.” And then there’s ExxonMobil’s active support of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. MORE
What Would John Muir Drive?
Maybe This SUV?
Why the Sierra Club is helping Ford
“It’s easy to run a campaign against a target that is ignoring you. The hard part comes when they start doing things that you want them to.”
make its hybrid a hit
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