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Wed, 2006-11-08 11:52Kevin Grandia
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Climate spin turns to hyper-mode with dem wins

Rep. John DingellWith the Democrats owning the balance of power in Congress, and possibly even the Senate, there is already talk of real US action on climate change. According to E&E daily, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) is poised to chair the Energy and Commerce committee. Darren Samuelson of E&E reports that Dingell “is expected to hold a series of hearings on global warming specifically, as well as direct oversight of U.S. EPA's most controversial air emission regulations.”

On the other side of the coin, the spin on climate change has all the signs of escalating to hyper-mode with articles like this one issued today from the oil industry darlings, the Business and Media Institute.


Tue, 2006-11-07 14:12Kevin Grandia
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NRSP = "Now Really Secret Payments"

Tim Lambert, at deltoid, has come up with another great play on words for the NRSP, Canada's new climate change denial group, . As we reported yesterday, the executive director of the Natural Resource Stewardship Project, Tom Harris, claims that “a confidentiality agreement doesn't allow him to say whether energy companies are funding his group.” We thought tagging the NRSP as “Not Really Science People” was clever, but Tim has added to the fun by claiming Harris recieves “Now Really Secret Payments.
Mon, 2006-11-06 16:49Kevin Grandia
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Are the Estonians funding the NRSP?

Canada's latest and greatest climate change denial group, the Natural Resource Stewardship Project, has come up with a laughable reason for hiding it's funding sources. According to a recent CanWest News Service article, the NRSP's executive director, Tom Harris, states that “a confidentiality agreement doesn't allow him to say whether energy companies are funding his group.”

Unfortunately for Harris and his secretive little club, such a a statement does not diffuse speculation, it only begs the question more. What organization could be funding Harris's NRSP that necessitates such secrecy? Even the Competitive Enterprise Intstitute, an industry front group with a great deal more profile than the NRSP, readliy admits they lobby-for-dollars on behalf of of industry leaders like Ford Motor Company and ExxonMobil.

Mon, 2006-11-06 13:33Kevin Grandia
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The Oily History of Propaganda

DeSmog's friends at Plenty Magazine have produced an amazing short video on the history of propaganda by the oil industry. Follows straight through to those ridiculous “C02, we call it life” commercials produced by the Ford Motor Company/ExxonMobil-backed Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Thu, 2006-11-02 15:11Kevin Grandia
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The "JunkScience" Coup d'etat

Let's trash the junkman A lot of public relations technique rests in language. It is built in the nuanced choice and combination of
words that are developed and tested through public opinion research - through polling and focus groups.

For example, Republican pollster Frank Luntz has made a career of massaging language to his clients advantage. In Luntz's now infamous enviro-speak memo (pdf) to the republican party, he advises the following:


Wed, 2006-11-01 12:38Kevin Grandia
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Jim and DeSmogBlog hit the news (and the skeptics)

Here is a Global TV newshour video clip of DeSmog founder, Jim Hoggan, explaining the PR movement sowing doubt on the realities of global warming.

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