Today is the seventeen Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, the worst spill in America’s history. Over eleven million gallons poured into Prince William Sound polluting the pristine environment and devastating the local wildlife and with it the local salmon fishing industry.
The WSJ reports that ExxonMobil is the key funder of a front group called Public Interest Watch which has been pushing the IRS to audit Greenpeace.
We are used to Arnie’s muscle winning the day in Hollywood block-busters, but now it seems that the California’s Governor has won a different victory. He has managed to split the once united front of the oil companies on climate change.
So we now know that three-quarters of the American public is concerned about climate change (see blog below) and believes that Bush should be doing more.
A staggering three-quarters of the American population are “disgruntled” about weak leadership from President Bush on climate change, and argue that the government should be doing more to promote renewable energy.
Got a sense of deja vu yet? Scientists from the World Glacier Monitoring Service, at the University of Zurich have found that many of the world’s mountain glaciers are melting at a faster rate than at any time in the past 150 years.
UK Chancellor Gordon Brown has been accused of “pathetic” inaction on climate change over the past nine years in his yearly budgets. Will this year be any different?
In a great case of irony, US Senate Budget Committee has passed a bill that includes a provision to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling, just days after the region suffered its worst oil spill.
The US was accused of blocking key talks at the United Nations yesterday that were intended to protect key ecosystems and habitats from the increasing threat of climate change.
For those who want more information on BP’s North Slope spill, the Alaska Forum for Environmental Responsibility has just issued a preliminary report by oil expert Richard A. Fineberg.