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Lexus: the Darker Side of Climate Denial

Blogger A. Siegel has stumbled across a pretty embarrassing spectacle put on earlier this year by Lexus.

As part of the launch of their “Darker Side of Green” Campaign, Lexus held a debate, hosted by comedian Sarah Silverman about whether climate change is actually happening.

Pretty unbelievable that this would get through their vetting process, unless of course they thought it was edgy or shocking enough to sell more cars.

Either way the debate did nothing more than propagate the myth that climate change is somehow not happening or something we need to worry about.

I would expect this kind of thing from the likes of former tobacco company spindoctors like the Heartland Institute than I would a company trying to promote their hybrid car.

You would also think that a debate about a complicated scientific issue like climate change would involve actual scientists who do research in the field. Instead, Lexus chose to have a filmmaker, who’s last film was a propaganda piece paid for by a mining company and a journalist (who made the best of a silly situation).

And the filmmaker, Phelim McAleer, does a good job embarrassing himself but that is beside the point.

Whatever carbon emissions Lexus thinks it’s going to reduce with its new hybrid were probably equaled out by the hot air produced at this ridiculous debate over something the likes of NASA and the US Academy of Science say is a real problem and something that needs to be addressed.

New Website Wants to Turn Off Fox News

Author Marty Essen has started a new online project asking Americans to show their patriotism and Turn Off Fox News.

Whether it is the outright strange conspiracy theories of Fox host Glenn Beck or the subtler no-spin zone spindoctoring of Bill O’Reilly, Fox News has played host to many of the people we talk about here on DeSmogBlog everyday.

Essen writes,

“Unfortunately, unlike professional wrestling, where the predetermined conclusion is relatively harmless, Fox’s predetermined conclusions undermine elections, belittle the environment, embolden the paranoid, enrich the rich, and in general, divide our county.”

Well said. Help spread the message and help turn off Fox News!

Nikiforuk on Hiding the Alberta Tar Sand's Dirty Truth

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Must read column on The Tyee today by Alberta tar sands expert Andrew Nikiforuk.

Nikiforuk uncovers the Alberta government’s attempt to make the tar sands look rosy to US lawmakers who are considering a $7 billion new pipeline that would run from Canada to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. He writes:

“Our sultry bedmates argue that all petroleum sources are getting heavier and dirtier and that Alberta taxpayers will soon spend between $20 billion and $60 billion over two decades on unproven technologies to bury the carbon in special cemeteries. And shouldn’t energy security trump climate security and silly green energy plans”

Read the entire article on The Tyee: Alberta Hides Dirty Truth as US Demands Tar Sands Facts

Marc Morano Manufacturing the Hype.... again

Marc Morano, spindoctor to the climate denial stars and former aid to Republican Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) is breathlessly proclaiming in a large bold headline today that:

“Left-wing Env. Scientist Bails Out Of Global Warming Movement”

Took about 3 minutes on Google searching the name Denis Rancourt, who Morano is referring to in his post, to find that this is nothing even remotely new for Rancourt.

Rancourt  has been writing rants against the science of climate change for years.

Morano is trying to spindoctor this into a newsworthy story by making it seem like Rancourt is someone who was completely accepting of the scientific reality of climate change and then just woke up one morning last week and decided to jump ship.

What makes this all the more ridiculous is that Morano himself pushed the exact same story about Rancourt in 2009 when he worked for Senator James Inhofe.

Hopefully the mainstream media are smarter than that and take this story for what it is - pure hype.

Busted: New Climate Denial Site - Climatechange101.ca - Shares Mailing Address with the Oily Friends of Science

Following up on a story we ran late last week on a new climate denial website called Climatechange101.ca (and thanks to a tip from one of our astute commenters), we now have evidence linking the “Friends of Science” and Climatechange101.ca.

The two groups share the same mailing address.

The listed mailing address for the Friends of Science is: PO Box 23167, Connaught Post Office, Calgary, Alberta.

On Climatechange101.ca the mailing address is hidden from view, but it is contained in the website’s design source code. Here’s a screenshot of the code, where you can see the mailing address listed [click to enlarge the image]:

Bombshell: Canadian Gov't Committee Tears Up Critical Tar Sands Report

There is spin-doctoring an issue and then there is just tearing up evidence.

Two weeks ago there was news that Canada’s Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development had literally torn up draft copies of a report looking into the impacts the country’s massive tar sands operations were having on the fresh water supply.

Writing on the Tyee, author and tar sands expert Andrew Nikiforuk outlines in shocking detail just how much evidence was covered up by the Committee.

It is well worth the read:  What Those Who Killed the Tar Sands Report Don’t Want You to Know

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