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Saturday, January 6, 2007

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Union of Concerned Scientists: "In recent years, scientists who work for and advise the federal government have seen their work manipulated, suppressed, distorted, while agencies have systematically limited public and policy maker access to critical scientific information. To document this abuse, the Union of Concerned Scientists has created the A to Z Guide to Political Interference in Science."

The guide is an interactive web app roughly reflecting the periodic table of the elements. When you mouse-over part of the chart a brief description of the interference is shown.

New West: "When it comes to global climate change, there are oil companies that have been relatively upfront with the public -- BP and Shell come to mind. Then there's ExxonMobil.

"The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report this week saying that over the last eight years the energy giant has provided an array of ideological groups with a total of $16 million to fund efforts to 'mislead the public' by discrediting the science behind global warming. The UCS assertion echoes similar claims by Britain's Royal Society, which actually contacted ExxonMobil directly, according to USA Today, to ask it to halt support for groups that 'misrepresented the science of climate change.'

"Responding predictably, ExxonMobil called the UCS report 'yet another attempt to smear our name and confuse the discussion of the serious issue of CO2 emissions and global climate change.' This raises a question: If the predictions of widespread economic upheaval due to the greenhouse effect come true, will ExxonMobil find itself liable, a la Big Tobacco, for billions of dollars for its 'tobacco-like disinformation campaign' (as the Union calls it) to distort and suppress scientific findings on the subject?"

Category: 2008 Presidential Election

8:56:47 AM    

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Here's an update about the Southern Delivery System from the Fremont County point of view, according to the Canon City Daily Record. From the article, "A suddenly renewed push for Fremont County to host a water delivery system pipeline has left the County Commissioners guarded but not panicked. 'We're not going to jump to conclusions as far as reacting to this until we have more facts,' said Commission Chairman Mike Stiehl on Thursday. 'This has definitely moved some conversations up in priority, so now we're going to get more serious about these discussions.'[...]

"Seven options are being studied for a 66-inch pipeline to ship water north to those cities, and return effluent flows back south. Four of those alternatives would affect Fremont County by piping return water flows to the Arkansas River near the wastewater treatment plant near Florence. One option, dubbed the 'Highway 115 Alternative,' also would take water from the Arkansas River near Florence while returning effluent immediately downstream. The other choices would take water from the river nearer the Pueblo Reservoir, in Pueblo County. Two of the four proposed recipients of the water system, Fountain and Security, filed papers in Division 2 water court in late December in an effort to ensure Fremont County was a part of the SDS. Stiehl said he believes Pueblo officials are pressing hard for Fremont County's inclusion."

Category: Colorado Water

8:05:59 AM    

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Here's an article about the snowpack from the Pueblo Chieftain. They write, "The statewide snowpack on New Year's Day was 96 percent of average, and 94 percent of last year's readings on the same date. Snowpack totals ranged from a high of 128 percent of average in the South Platte basin to a low of 77 percent of average in the southwest basins of the San Juan, Animas, Dolores and San Miguel rivers...

"In the Rio Grande basin, which was desperately dry last year, the Jan. 1 snowpack was 91 percent of average but 280 percent of last year's figure. The percentages at individual sites in the basin range from 74 percent of average at Cumbres Trestle to 140 percent of average in the upper reaches of the basin. In the Arkansas basin, individual sites range from 109 percent of average at Fremont Pass north of Leadville, to 153 percent of average at Apishapa, south of La Veta...

"Reservoir storage across Colorado continues to track at below-average volumes for this date. Statewide, reservoir storage is 93 percent of average and is 99 percent of last year's storage volumes."

"Gunnison 93; Colorado 102; South Platte 128; North Platte 91; Yampa/White 80; Arkansas 118; Rio Grande 94; San Juan/Animas/Dolores 77; Statewide 96."

Category: Colorado Water

7:48:46 AM    

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