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Exxon Muzzles Its Own Board Members

Exxon Mobil Corp. has declined a request from pension fund trustees in seven states, including California, and New York City to discuss global warming with independent board members of the oil giant. The company said that instead, managers would meet with the pension officials this summer.

Bush's Chief Climate "Spinmaster" Tells Harper How It's Done

According to Bill Berkowitz, at Media Transparency, Frank Luntz has been keeping busy these days advising Canada's own Stephen Harper. Read the full story here.

Also interesting is this piece from the Kitchener Waterloo Record. It would seem we're not being terribly creative with our approach – read on to find out how Environment Minister Ambrose is using Luntz's tactics almost to the letter these days.

Tory Kyoto strategy mirrors U.S. plan
May 15, 2006

Tempest: Inside the world of the Skeptics

The  Washington Post Sunday Magazine has published an extensive and very worthwhile article on the community of climate skeptics – starting with US hurricane expert William  Gray. 
(The article is available in the attached file)

Scientists 'Out' Fraudulent CEI Ad Campaign

TV ads that doubt climate change are ‘misleading’ The Independent (U.K.), May 25, 2006 A senior scientist has condemned as a “deliberate effort to mislead” a series of television adverts produced by an oil industry-funded loyying group that seeks to portray concern over global warming as alarmism. The adverts, produced by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), seek to argue that despite widespread agreement about the growing evidence of climate change, other evidence suggests the opposite. The adverts catchphrase says: “Carbon dioxide - they call it pollution, we call it life.”

Long-time Skeptic Easterbrook Gets Religion

Finally Feeling the Heat

By Gregg Easterbrook

Op-Ed in The New York Times, May 24, 2006

Today  “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore's movie about the greenhouse effect, opens in New York and California. Many who already believe global warming is a menace will flock to the film; many who scoff at the notion will opt for Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks. But has anything happened in recent years that should cause a reasonable person to switch sides in the global-warming debate?  

Greenhouse Concerns from the World's Greatest Skeptic

Saudi Arabia, which for years has thwarted all attempts to curb carbon emissions, gets religion.  

Saudi Oil Firm Aramco Says Backs Greenhouse Gas Cut, May 23, 2006

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, signalled on Monday it would help the fight against global warming through research on cutting carbon dioxide emissions in the oil and gas industry.  


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