Another questionable friend of the Friends of Science

Thu, 2006-06-22 16:40Kevin Grandia
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Another questionable friend of the Friends of Science

In our continuous quest to debunk the debunkers, the DeSmogBlog has uncovered another questionable connection between an oil company funded front group and the Alberta-based Friends of Science.

Thanks to a helpful tip from one of our fans, and a little of our own digging, we have found that one of the signatories to a recent Friends of Science letter to PM Harper is Australian climate change “skeptic” Dr. Bob Carter. Dr. Carter is connected to the energy sector funded think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA).

Under the guidance of Dr. Carter, the Australian-based IPA has been running a long-time disinformation campaign in an attempt to discredit the science behind climate change. With the backing of companies like the Western Mining Corp., Mosanto, Caltex, Esso Australia and Woodside Petroleum, the IPA has put out numerous reports that have every appearance of being authoritative in the area of climate change science, but are just another slick PR front group bringing into question the science backing man-made global warming.

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Australia's Treasurer Joe Hockey barely missed a beat when challenged to justify the country's massive fossil fuel export industry and bottom-dwelling record for domestic greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are exporting coal so that nations can lift their people out of poverty,” the Liberal Treasurer told the journalist Stephen Sackur on the BBC's HARDTalk interview program.

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