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Tue, 2010-05-11 11:35Kevin Grandia
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Climate Cover Up Wins Book of the Year!

Climate Cover Up, the book written by DeSmogBlog co-founder James Hoggan along with Richard Littlemore has been named Non-Fiction Book of the Year by the Green Book Festival.

The award honors books that, “… contribute to greater understanding, respect for and positive action on the changing worldwide environment.”

It’s always great to get recognition for all the hard work we do here at DeSmog, but none of it is possible without all the support from our thousands of supporters from around the world.

Wed, 2010-05-05 15:53Kevin Grandia
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UPDATE: DeSmog Weekly Live on Climate TV Today

UPDATE: due a technical glitch DeSmog weekly didn’t air yesterday and has been rescheduled for today at 4pm pacific. See revised schedule below.

Check out this week’s segment of DeSmog Weekly on Climate TV with yours truly.

I will be online to take questions and comments, so tune in!

The show runs at 4pm pacific/7pm eastern time, today (Wednesday, May 5th Thursday, May 6th).

Tue, 2010-04-27 13:56Kevin Grandia
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Webby Votes for Climate Change

Three top climate change campaigns of last year are up for prestigious Webby Awards in 2010.

The TckTckTck campaign is nominated for Best Activism website.

Greenpeace International is nominated for Best Green Site for their “Love Letters to the Future” project.

The 350 campaign is nominated for Best Video in the Public Service and Activism category.

Voting closes on Thursday, April 29th, so please if you have a minute, go there right now and cast your votes! 

Full disclosure: I was a consultant on the TckTckTck campaign and darn proud of it!

Tue, 2010-04-27 10:49Kevin Grandia
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Unnamed Physicist Sponsors Global Warming Denial Video Targeting High Schoolers

Cassiopeia Project's hardcore global warming denial

Providing high quality educational resources to science classrooms is a noble task, but when those resources include deeply flawed global warming denial material, produced with funding from an anonymous source, red flags ought to go up.  That is the scenario with The Cassiopeia Project’s video suggesting that climate change is bunk.

Cassiopeia was previously known for producing excellent videos exploring complex scientific concepts, but now all of its good work is being compromised by an unscientific and dishonest attack on global warming research.

That has fans of Cassiopeia’s more well-regarded videos flummoxed

Incredibly, three of the twelve sources cited in the global warming video credits are the exact same press release posted in diferent locations and written by Marc Morano while he still worked for Senator James Inhofe (R-OK).  Other sources of information used in the video include the widely-discredited Oregon Petition Project and the Heartland Institute.

Who is behind the Cassiopeia Project? 

Cassiopeia’s website says the individual is “a retired physicist who has considerable means.”  We know Mudbrick Media, based near Mobile, Alabama, produced the videos. The anonymous funder is described in another story about Mudbrick’s productions as “an entrepreneur who wants to keep a low personal profile” and, beyond his interest in climate denial, “wants to explore a new business model for the music industry.” 

Beyond that, the stunning misrepresentations in the global warming video must, for now, speak for themselves.

The video’s tone is argumentative from the start.  The very first line of the video says: “The opinion count stands at 31,000 to 52 but that’s just among scientists in the public eye.” This is confusing; is there a whole army of secret scientists out there who are less in the public eye than the 31,000 mentioned? 

The narrator continues with leading rhetorical questions, baseless jabs at science and many graphs and images with no citations.  It is as if they are trying to present a pursuasive case to a jury of illiterate and bored captives. 

Is that how Cassiopeia now thinks of high school students? 

Mon, 2010-04-26 16:24Kevin Grandia
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Michelle Malkin's 1994 Big Tobacco Recruitment Drive

I am doing some research today in the Tobacco Documents on the major tobacco front group, The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC), which is a big focus of Jim Hoggan’s book, Climate Cover Up.

I came across a 1994 column written by right-wing blogger and Bill O”Reilly wanna-be, Michelle Malkin, back when she worked for the Los Angeles Daily News.

It literally reads like a membership recruitment letter for Big Tobacco’s main front group. She writes:

“So before purchasing some environmentally correct product from the Body Shop, why not pick upo Dixy Lee Ray’s “Trashing the Planet?” Or how about signing up for a free membership to TASSC?”

Here’s the article, click on it to enlarge:

Wed, 2010-04-21 18:00Kevin Grandia
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Earth Day Live Internet TV with Thought Leaders and Gamechangers

Phew. It’s been a long day. We just wrapped up our final interview for a really exciting Earth Day event we’re taking part in on ClimateTV.

We’ve interviewed thought leaders and gamechangers on the issue of climate change and the environment and will be running them back-to-back all day on ClimateTV.

Here’s a quick video we did explaining what’s all happening tomorrow:

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