Thursday, July 27, 2006
Midday Round Up (July 27th, 2006)
• According to a new , a majority of Americans (56 percent) support an Iraq timetable.

A majority of respondents, 56 percent, said they supported a timetable for a reduction in United States forces in Iraq, a question the two parties have been sparring over, with the White House and most Republicans in Congress taking the position that setting a timetable would send the wrong message. More than half of that group said they supported a withdrawal even if it meant Iraq would fall into the hands of insurgents.

Americans support the idea of putting an international peacekeeping force on the border between Israel and Lebanon to calm tensions there, the poll found, but most do not want United States troops to be a part of it.

Democrats, are you listening? Don’t be afraid to get out there and back a timetable. The right-wing spin isn’t working anymore, and we are not in the minority, as Conservatives would like the world to believe. Democrats, you represent the majority opinion in America so don’t be afraid to step up and speak for America.

• There’s an interesting article up on , detailing the way an energy company paid a scientist, who has been quite influential in confusing the country about the scientific consensus on Global Warming.

July 27, 2006 — Ever wonder why so many people still seem confused about global warming?

The answer appears to be that confusion leads to profit — especially if you're in some parts of the energy business.

One Colorado electric cooperative has openly admitted that it has paid $100,000 to a university academic who prides himself on being a global warming skeptic.

Intermountain Rural Electric Association is heavily invested in power plants that burn coal, one of the chief sources of greenhouse gasses that scientists agree is quickly pushing earth's average temperature to dangerous levels.

Scientists and consumer advocates say the co-op is trying to confuse its clients about the virtually total scientific consensus on the causes of global warming.

*Cue Conservative comments posting scientific opinion - probably from scientists who strangely (but apparently unrelated to the Global Warming debate) take money from the energy business - that Global Warming might not be real.

• Would someone like to and tell me if the worry is justified? Technomology is


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