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Harvard Report Sets Path Towards US Climate Change Law

A new report released by renowned Harvard political scientist, Theda Skocpol, provides the most clear and unbiased analysis so far on the failure of recent efforts to pass legislation to address climate change in the United States.

Skocpol's report proposes a critical pathway that leads to a nationwide cap on climate pollution that the federal government could pass in the near future.

The report will not be without its critics, as Skocpol does place blame on specific stakeholders for the failure to pass federal climate pollution laws since the election of President Obama in 2008. Skocpol lays equal amounts of blame between proponents of climate change legislation and its opponents.

Mon, 2012-12-10 12:45Kevin Grandia
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Conservative Carbon Tax Attack on Mulcair Based on an Expert "Tweet"

Right now, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative party are blanketing the airwaves with a US-style attack ad campaign against NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.

In one of the ads the very serious voice-over tells us that “according to experts Mulcair's carbon tax will raise gas by 10 cents a litre.”

A little research finds that the “experts” in the ad, are in fact a singular expert named Jack Mintz, who in a news release correcting a tweet he made in April of last year estimated that the NDP carbon tax plan, put forth by the now-deceased NDP leader Jack Layton, not Mulcair, would result in a gas price hike of 10 cents a litre.

Interestingly enough Jack Mintz sits on the board of directors of Imperial Oil Canada, which is owned by ExxonMobil. Regular readers of this site know that ExxonMobil has a long and sordid history when it comes to attacks on climate change science and policy.

Thu, 2012-12-06 05:00Kevin Grandia
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FreedomWorks' Pro-Coal Lobbyist Tom Borelli is Former Professional Pro-Tobacco Scientist

Tom Borelli, a former science director at Philip Morris who fought claims that secondhand tobacco causes lung cancer and respiratory illness in children, is now touted on Fox News as an expert on the cleanliness of the coal industry. Borelli was busy this election season fighting Obama's “war on coal” on behalf of his new employer, FreedomWorks.

Borelli has a long history of attacking the EPA on behalf of Big Tobacco. Serving in his role as Philip Morris' Director of Corporate Scientific Affairs, Borelli appeared in a notorious 1992 film produced by Philip Morris attacking the Environmental Protection Agency for declaring secondhand tobacco smoke a known cancer causing agent. Borelli states that:

“Based on careful review of the science we believe that environmental tobacco smoke has not been shown to be a risk factor in the development of lung cancer, respiratory disease in children or heart disease.”

Watch it:

Wed, 2012-12-05 13:33Kevin Grandia
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Rep. Markey Raises Big Questions About Shell's Containment Dome Fail

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass), has penned a letter to Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, looking for answers about a Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) containment dome that “crushed like a beer can” in tests earlier this Fall.

Markey, who is the Ranking Member of the US House Committee on Natural Resources, is referring to a story first broken by Seattle radio station KUOW investigator John Ryan, revealing that in September Shell performed tests on a containment dome that was to be deployed as part of the company's controversial Arctic offshore oil drilling operations.

Fri, 2012-11-30 10:50Kevin Grandia
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Denial-a-Palooza: Heartland Institute's 5 Most Offensive Attacks On Science and Public Health

With the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute completely discredited in the US, they are taking their climate change Denial-a-Palooza circus act over to Germany this week.

The Heartland Institute has a long history of attacking conventional science on behalf of their corporate funders, whether it be the link between human activity and climate change or the link between cancer and tobacco smoke.

Covering Heartlands' activities over the last 7 years has been like watching a very, very slow train wreck.

Here's some of the highlights of Heartland's head scratchers:

1. Unabomber Billboard:

In May 2012, Heartland launched a billboard campaign comparing people who acknowledge the scientific reality of manmade climate change to serial killers like the infamous Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.

There was a huge uproar over the ads, and while Heartland's president Joseph Bast thought it could help raise his organization's profile, there was instead a massive exodus of corporate funders.

Fri, 2012-11-30 10:08Kevin Grandia
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Denial-a-Palooza Hits Germany and DeSmog is There... Kind Of

The ultra-conservative Heartland Institute is kicking off their climate change Denial-a-Palooza gathering in Germany today. DeSmog has managed to get top billing on a major German website with an article describing the 50 shades of crazy we have witnessed over the years from Heartland.

The website Klimaretter.info is running a German translated version of this article I wrote earlier in the week: Denial-a-Palooza: Does German Media Really Believe There is No Link Between Cigarettes and Lung Cancer?

I don't know German, but for those who do you can check out the article here: EIKEs neuer Freund.

The Heartland Institute is taking their climate denial message overseas likely because they have been so discredited here in North America. But thanks to our friends and Klimaretter, Heartland's reputation will precede them!

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