Saturday, February 10, 2007

changing climate on climate change -- exxon and virgin

Exxon Mobil says, "oh lord, please don't let me be misunderstood" when it comes to climate change. A company flack said it was "flat wrong" to say Exxon Mobil was in denial. Although the oil giant insists its position hasn't changed, it has apparently stopped giving money to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the people who brought you the TV advertisement a year or so ago calling carbon dioxide "life".

We'll see if Exxon Mobil has really changed its spots.

Meanwhile, Al Gore joined Richard Branson to announce the Virgin Earth Challenge. Basically, if you can find a way to remove a billion tons of carbon from the atmosphere, Branson will give you a cool $25 million. Lots of credible judges involved, people like NASA climate expert James Hanson, James "Gaia" Lovelock, and Tim "The Weather Makers" Flannery.

Branson and Gore are hoping the US, British and other governments will kick in. What the hell, can't hurt.



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