News from Mother Jones: Is Glenn Beck a Secret Treehugger?


Glenn Beck: Environmentalist? An interview with Beck in USA Weekend revealed that the shock jock's private views on climate are very different from those he espouses in his day job. In fact, Beck appears not only to be convinced that global warming is real, but that it's a genuine problem. Kerry Weirdly Upbeat on Climate Bill: "I'm excited. I know that's completely contrary to any conventional wisdom," said Kerry, noting that he and Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) met last night with members of the Obama administration to discuss progress on a bill. "We're on a short track here in terms of piecing together legislation." The optimism about the legislation is so far outside the expectations of most Senate observers that one reporter muttered "Is John Kerry delusional?" following his remarks.

What Utility Executives Really Think: A recent survey finds the majority of utility executives don't see a problem with greenhouse gases at all. Forty-four percent of the 329 utility executives, managers and engineers surveyed don't believe global warming is caused by human activity. Another 7 percent don't believe the planet is warming at all.

Obama to CEOs: A Carbon Cap is Good for You: "A competitive America is also an America that finally has a smart energy policy," the president told the 100 corporate leaders gathered at the Business Roundtable, noting that he will "not accept second place for the United States of America" when it comes to energy.

Fact Checking the Skeptical Environmentalist: Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg has made his fame and a fortune publishing two books, The Skeptical Environmentalist (2001) and Cool It (2007). One reason for his success in muddying the media waters on matters of science regarding biodiversity and climate change is because he voluminously footnotes his own work. So Howard Friel took on the unenviable task of fact checking Lomborg's sources. The verdict? Color Friel skeptical.