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Climate Change CO2 Emissions Omniclimate Policy

From Chicken and Egg, to CO2 and Fuel

Which one came first…the push to consume less fuel, or the worry that CO2 could be near dangerous, climate-tipping levels?

Who knows? For certain, some statements by EU officials do make one wonder…

We do see reports of a significant change in the types of cars people are buying, but I’ve been mostly surprised at the lack of a reaction,” [towards meeting emissions control targets] said Peder Jensen, a transportation expert at the European Environment Agency, an arm of the European Union in Copenhagen. “One had hoped that these prices would deter driving, but people have coped better than we hoped they would.”

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English Politics Russia

Litvinenko: Case Closed?

In these days of heavy anti-Russia statements from most of the EU, and from the USA, how strange to read that the case of poisoned ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London on 23 Nov 2006, is still pretty much a mystery…

[…] Today, despite the popular misconception that the case has been solved, little, if any, forensic evidence has emerged that explains how, or even when, Litvinenko was exposed to Polonium 210. […]

In the Litvinenko case, the coroner’s report has never been completed. The crucial autopsy data has been denied not only to journalists and Litvinenko’s family on the grounds that it is part of an ongoing investigation, but also to Britain’s erstwhile partner in the investigation, Russia. While there may be good reason to keep an autopsy report secret from the public, keeping it secret from its investigative partner is mystifying. […]

This medical stone-walling left unanswered why British doctors repeatedly misdiagnosed Litvinenko, and, despite his symptoms of radiation exposure, did not test his urine specimens for alpha as well as gamma radiation, and never gave him the antidote Dimercaprol, which might have saved his life. When I examined the British police report sent to Moscow in June 2006 in support of its extradition request, I was stunned to see that without the medical reports, there was an almost total evidentiary vacuum, at least in terms of conventional evidence. The report cited no eye-witnesses, surveillance videotapes, fingerprints, Polonium container, or smoking teapot. Instead, the police report made it clear that the case was based on radiation traces. What made this kind of unconventional evidence vulnerable to misinterpretation, if it could be introduced in court at all, is that almost all the crime scenes at which the radiation was found were compromised. […]

I won’t be surprised if the Litvinenko case will be turned on its head in a few years’ time…

ps Is this blog turning into a pro-Russia platform, I wonder…

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Clima Italiano Metereologia Politica USA

Il Lato Buffo di Gustav

C’e’ anche un lato un po’ buffo di Gustav, l’uragano adesso su Cuba. Alcune settimane fa un predicatore americano aveva pregato in un video su youtube perche’ piovessero piogge torrenziali su Obama e sulla Convention democratica. E invece niente.

Anzi, Gustav adesso sta mettendo in difficolta’ la Convention Repubblicana, sia perche’ quattro Governatori hanno detto che devono stare a casa loro, sia perche’ forse non e’ il caso di festeggiare mentre arriva il Mostro, sia perche’ alcuni delegati potranno avere cose piu’ urgenti in mente, sia perche’ non e’ detto che le rimanenze di Gustav non arrivino proprio a St Paul, Minnesota.

Come dire…stai attento quando preghi, perche’ potresti essere “quasi” soddisfatto. O per chi vuole: Dio ha un grande senso dell’umorismo.