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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!

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? 

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:

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:

Debunking Lord Monckton King of the Teabaggers - live with Peter Sinclair

Peter Sinclair will be live on Climate TV tonight debuting his new Climate Crock of the Week, “Debunking Lord Monckton Part 2.”

The show will be live with Sinclair taking questions and discussing the new video at 6pm pacific, 9pm eastern here on Climate TV.

Here’s Sinclair’s “Debunking Lord Monckton Part 1” in case you missed it:

Second expert panel shows "ClimateGate" was a ClimateSham

An independent panel of experts in the United Kingdom has released a report  finding there to be, “no evidence of any deliberate scientific malpractice in any of the work of the Climatic Research Unit and had it been there we believe that it is likely that we would have detected it.”

The inquiry was headed by former Chair of the House of Lords science and technology select committee, Lord Oxburgh.

As reported in the Economist today, “The scientists in ‘climategate’ did not fudge the data.”

The Wall Street Journal writes on the matter that:

“An independent academic panel said Wednesday that the U.K. climate researchers at the center of a scandal over hacked emails didn’t commit any deliberate scientific malpractice.”

This is the second inquiry out of the UK in the last month finding no wrongdoing around the so-called “climategate” incident involving the theft of private emails from top climate researchers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit.

An inquiry last month led by a bi-partisan UK government committee found the claims made around the stolen emails to be without merit.

The bi-partisan committee found that “the focus on CRU and Professor Phil Jones, Director of CRU, in particular, has largely been misplaced,” and that Dr. Jones’s actions were “in line with common practice in the climate science community,” and the CRU’s “analyses have been repeated and the conclusions have been verified.”

You can download that report here: “The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.”

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