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DeSmogBlog at the DC Green Festival

The DeSmogBlog team (that would be Kevin Grandia and Sarah Pullman, in this particular case) have arrived on the scene in Washington DC for the weekend. We'll be hanging out at the Green Festival at our booth, handing out stickers and maybe even tshirts, and generally eager to talk to people about the site.

Green Festival Report Out

Blogging from the airplane, flying back to Vancouver from Washington, DC, via Montreal. The weekend in DC for the Green Festival was a great trip, and certainly worthwhile for the DeSmogBlog. We even spent an evening with one of our favorite writers, the infamous Chris Mooney, who is in the thick of writing his new book about hurricanes.

Stauber's New Book

We have met the enemy—and it's our own PR machine.
You may remember that we recently posted an interview with John Stauber, founder of the Center for Media and  Democracy and author of Toxic Sludge is Good for You. Well, fans of his work – and of SourceWatch and PRWatch – will be interested to know that he recently published a new book. The Best War Ever is a look at the US involvement in Iraq, and what the Bush administration's reliance on spin has to do with it.

Check "This" Out

It's been out for a couple of weeks now, but make sure you don't miss this article in “This” Magazine – a smart, thoughtful publication, grown locally up here in Canada.

It's a good primer to the way that public relations has been employed in Canada with regards to climate change. If you've been listening at all to the discussion north of the border, you've heard the phrase “made in Canada” a hundred thousand times. But did you know where that came from? It's a legacy of the Canadian Coalition for Responsible Environmental Solutions, which was a coalition manufactured in 2002 by National Public Relations, Canada's largest PR firm.

Canada's Kyoto Mess

There's a great piece by our friend Mitchell Anderson over at The Tyee this week. It's a look at Canada and our relationship to Kyoto, and what role the oil companies have to play in that… specifically, “a deal quietly penned between Ottawa and Canadian oil industry in 2002 that essentially killed any chance Canada had to meet our obligations under Kyoto agreement.”

A New 'Do for the DeSmogBlog

We wanted to let our readers know that we're in the middle of a make-over, set to be unveiled in the next few weeks.

Over the past nine months, we've outgrown our existing site. Our traffic is up, our archives are growing and we need to make some functional changes if we hope to continue improving the blog.


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