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Tue, 2006-07-25 03:00Sarah Pullman
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The DeSmogBlog is CanadaChanging

Be sure to head over to WorldChanging.com this week – they've got a whole “CanadaChanging” series going on, and it's full of interesting stuff.

Most interesting, of course, if we may toot our own horn, is the piece about what we're up to here at the DeSmogBlog.
The only answer, the DeSmog team decided, is to go after the credibility of those attempting to create confusion around climate change, something they have done with relish and great effect, doing investigations into the backgrounds of prominent skeptics, pointing out how often they are in the employ of industry, or lack climate credentials, or are known extremists ideologically (“some of these guys are very… unusual people, so to say”), and then sharing that information with the media through outreach and Google-bombing campaigns. They've been doing an increasingly effective job of destroying the credibility of denialists, helping to defang what may be one of the most morally criminal PR campaigns in world history.

We've got an audio interview to go with this piece – the actual conversation between Alex Steffen (editor of WorldChanging) and Jim Hoggan, which will be posted here shortly. I'll update this post when I've got the link!

In the meantime, enjoy… and don't forget to check out the rest of their great coverage at WorldChanging. They've got a veritable treasure trove of stuff about climate change for your reading enjoyment, along with many other issues too.

UPDATE: The audio file can be found here.

Thu, 2006-07-20 08:55Sarah Pullman
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Get Ready for McFuel!

We came across this great campaign video this week. Slightly on the cheesy side, perhaps, but a great little thing to watch if you want some tingly inspirational feelings for a pick-me-up.

It's a video set 50 years down the road, looking back at 2006 as the year that the tide turned for renewable energy. The highlight for me was the idea of MacDonald's completely remaking themselves into a biofuel company.

It was created by RenewUS – a group that “intends to stimulate enactment of broad non-partisan high-impact political and industrial policy to reduce and sequester greenhouse gases. Over the coming months and years, a variety of initiatives will engage a wide range of constituencies in a constructive program of economic, political and industrial endeavors.”

Check it out. Think we can do it?
Wed, 2006-07-19 10:06Sarah Pullman
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Compiled Info on the Friends of Science

We've been working hard over the past few months to gather lots of information on the Friends of Science, a Canadian group who have been stirring up quite a storm in the media recently with their attempts to spin the public opinion about climate change.

They describe themselves as “a non-profit organization made up of active and retired engineers, earth scientists and other professionals, as well as many concerned Canadians, who believe the science behind the Kyoto Protocol is questionable.” Here at the DeSmogBlog, we're inclined to believe that it's the Friends of Science who are questionable - in what they say and in how they say it.
Mon, 2006-07-17 16:09Sarah Pullman
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Great Comment in the ContraCostaTimes

From deep in sunny California comes a guest editorial in the ContraCostaTimes. Edward D. Kukla Jr. has a few things to say about climate change and the question of whether there is a true scientific consensus about it.

Kulka is “a scientist and engineer with advanced degrees in biology and mathematics, and I currently engineer machines designed to measure the concentrations of atmospheric gases, including but not limited to: CO, CH, oxides of nitrogen and virtually every other greenhouse gas.”

His commentary is quick and concise, but the quick and dirty is as follows:

Since the overwhelming majority of climate scientists (greater than 99 percent) hold these as verified facts, then you should accept anthropogenic global warming as reasonable, logical, scientific fact.

Hear, hear.
Thu, 2006-07-13 09:09Sarah Pullman
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Jim Hoggan and DeSmogBlog on The Tyee

Be sure to pop on over to The Tyee this morning, to read the front page coverage of the DeSmogBlog. It's a great piece resulting from a conversation that Jim Hoggan had with David Beers on June 13, 2006, talking about the PR industry, climate change, and the DeSmogBlog, among other things. You can listen to the actual audio interview here.

One great highlight, talking about why the scientific consensus isn't reflected in the news media:
[That] is a testament to the power of public relations. Most people have heard it said that you shouldn't believe everything you read in the newspaper. Well, let me tell you, if you've spent your time with PR people, you'd feel that very, very strongly. Most public relations people spend far more time on a story than a reporter can. And many of those stories, particularly as they relate to climate change, are manufactured, basically. There is actually a group of people who are out there trying to confuse the public about climate change, and they are very skilful at it. These people are good communications people.
The Tyee is a great source of forward thinking online journalism, based right here in Vancouver. Their site is also home to a buzzing community of people who comment on the pieces they write, so take a moment to check out the commentary as well… and maybe even contribute yourself.

Wed, 2006-07-12 08:41Sarah Pullman
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White House in Full Climate Change Spin Mode

Seems the Washington Post has really gotten under George W’s skin with their latest critique!Will Ferrel in hilarious bush global warming spot
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/07/20060711-7.html

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