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Thu, 2007-12-13 11:29Jim Hoggan
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DeSmogBlog a Proud CPRS Award Winner

I am proud to announce that the Canadian Public Relations Society has chosen my firm, James Hoggan & Associates and the DeSmogBlog to receive an award for demonstrating “the highest ethical and professional standards
while performing outstanding work.”
Wed, 2007-11-07 17:40Jim Hoggan
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Automakers: 1% of the Solution; 99% of the Problem

The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA) has launched a highly misleading advertising and PR campaign against new emission standards - especially targeting individual provinces (like British Columbia) that have the courage to push ahead of limp or non-existent federal regulations.

Saying that “new cars, SUVs and light duty vans and pickups contribute just 1% of greenhouse gases in Canada each year,” and claiming that “strict new standards are coming forward nationally in both Canada and the US,” the car makers say the provinces (and presumably US states) should stay out of the process.

This is misleading in its content and an abdication of automotive responsibility - a demonstration of why car makers, which could be an important part of the climate change solution, have chosen instead to stick with a PR campaign that is 99% of the problem.

Sun, 2007-10-14 17:36Jim Hoggan
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National Post Attack on Gore a Last Gasp from Some Sore Losers

The fading National Post chose sides today: in a snarling attack on the Nobel Committee decision to award a Peace Prize to Al Gore, The Post went on to condemn other Nobel recipients, dismissing the work of Mother Teresa, the goals of nuclear disarmament and the heroism of UN peacekeepers - among whom Canadian soldiers have always played a major role.

The Post also badly misrepresented the judgment from a U.K. judge who has endorsed the continued showing of Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth, in U.K. schools.

What the Post has apparently failed to grasp is that, in any contest with Post business editor Terence Corcoran on one side and Mother Teresa and Al Gore on the other, Al Gore wins.

Fri, 2007-10-12 08:06Jim Hoggan
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Put Politics Aside and Celebrate Al Gore's Nobel Prize

First, our warmest congratulations to Al Gore. The Nobel Prize is one of the world's great honors and, in our view, one that is extremely well-deserved.

But I'm conscious that the standing ovation Gore is enjoying today is not exactly unanimous. The climate change conversation has become polarized - and belligerent - over the last decade. And Al Gore - a politician who dared to address a controversial public issue outside the conventional political process - has become a lightning rod for some hyper-political criticism. How can we get people from all points on the political spectrum to celebrate Gore's Nobel Prize without feeling that they are sacrificing their own cherished political interests?

Fri, 2007-09-21 10:05Jim Hoggan
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DeSmogBlog welcomes Bill McKibben

If scoring Chris Mooney for a weekly column on DeSmogBlog wasn't enough for you, we're very proud to welcome renowned author and journalist, Bill McKibben to DeSmogBlog.

Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. Bill is the co-founder of the Step it Up campaign and is the author of numerous books on the environment and global warming. His most recent book, Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, was published in March 2007. Bill is the co-author of new book called Fight Global Warming Now that will be on shelves October, 2007.

Bill's first piece on polar bears and Bjorn Lomborg will be up later today.

Sun, 2007-09-09 10:16Jim Hoggan
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A Lie, Repeated Often Enough, Becomes "Truth"

This is an excellent article from the Washington Post on a University of Michigan professor's research into the resilience of myths.

Dr. Norbert Schwarz has found that the harder you try to dispel a myth (eg. that the international consensus about climate change is somehow in doubt), the more you contribute to its impact, merely by the repetition.

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