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A Quantitative Media Review of the National Post’s Climate Change Coverage

Media Review looked at 810 randomly selected news articles, opinion pieces and letters to the editor relating to either “climate change” or “global warming” that appeared in the National Post between July, 2003 and July, 2006. Of those 810 articles, 168 were identified as either supporting the science behind climate change or questioning the science behind climate change.

Of the 168 articles, 66% (112) questioned the science behind man-made climate change, while 33% (56) supported the scientific conclusion that the climate is changing and human activity is at least partly to blame.

Long-time Alberta Reformer, a Friends of Science Booster

Long-time Alberta Reformer, Morten Paulsen, who most recently acted as co-chair for the 2006 Alberta/Klein PC party, is also the registered lobbyist for the anti-Kyoto attack group, the Friends of Science (FOS). This apparently fits well with Paulsen’s other lobbying activities: he is also registered to represent ConocoPhillips Canada, the 3rd largest oil refiner and exploration company in the Canada.

Given how quick FOS members are to deny taking money from oil and gas interests, we must assume that Mr. Paulsen’s oily overlap is purely coincidental.

More Bumpf on Balling

In response to the critic who complained about our characterization of Robert C. Balling as an energy industry apologist:

Said critic was unhappy that the SourceWatch entry on Balling didn't list a source for the information on who has been paying our skeptic-of-the-day. The source was probably our own Ross Gelbspan, who researched all this for his books, Boiling Point and The Heat is On.

A Hockey Stick that Can't Keep its Tip Up

A tartly critical new reader (see “Cherrypicking” here) complains that the DeSmogBlog has not immersed itself, on every possible occasion in theThe "Hockey Stick" graph “hockey stick” debate.

Our apologies. For those who are unfamiliar, the “hockey stick” defined the shape of an early graph by one of the world's most respected climate scientists, Dr. Michael Mann. The graph appeared to demonstrate a long-term spike in global warming that meant the 20th century was the warmest in more than a thousand years.

In a 2002 book (Taken By Storm), Christopher Essex and the economist Dr. Ross McKitrick took issue with Mann's statistical method, pointing out some matters of legitimate concern, and the climate change denial lobby grasped the now-flacid hockey stick and began shaking it hither and yon, arguing that if this one graph was flawed, all climate change science was similiarly shakey.

Congress Asked If Climate Science is Solid ...

… and the scientists it selected to answer the question said yes.

The Inconvenient Truth about Robert C. Balling

In a recent post in The, Dr. Robert C. Balling, director of the$8 million invested in skeptic movement Office of Climatology at Arizona State University, launches pseudo-scientific attack on Al Gore's move, An Inconvenient Truth.

As with a clutch of other industry-funded academics who quibble over climate change, Dr. Balling is happy to use his Ph.D. and his title to suggest expertise and to imply scientific objectivity. But readers might be better able to judge the quality of his input if they knew that he has been the eager recipient of funding from such philanthropic organizations as ExxonMobil, the British Coal Corporation, Cyprus Minerals and OPEC. Per the link above, Sourcewatch lists his take from these sources at a little over $400,000 in the last 10 years.


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