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Morning Speakers at the Environmental Wars

These are my quick notes from the morning's speakers. I've done my best to keep them concise and accurate, but liveblogging is never the most polished format. I hope you find them interesting! Richard will also be posting commentary.

David Baltimore

Quick bio – President of CalTech, awarded Nobel Prize at age 37. Something of a science celebrity. He does not call himself an expert on global warming, but believes he represents an informed position.

Good Morning from Pasadena

I'm here live in the morning session at The Environmental Wars Conference. It's a hot day in Pasadena, but we're inside an old, air-conditioned theatre with a sparkly ceiling that I'm not allowed to photograph.

The room is fairly full, with an interesting mix of people. A lot of older folks, retired couples by the looks of them, but also some young folks. It's hard to tell from appearances, obviously, where people's ideologies lie, but I get the impression that there's a good mix of doubters and believers here. Most name tags are from California.

DeSmogBlog Gears Up for Skeptics Conference

As you may have heard, the DeSmogBlog is sending a team to the Skeptics Magazine climate change conference coming up this weekend. It's in Pasadena from June 2-4, 2006, and it's called The Environmental Wars. We'll be blogging and podcasting and generally keeping our readers up to speed on the action!

There's been a fair amount of discussion about what the conference will entail. Michael Shermer is the host, and if you follow the world of climate change skeptics you have likely heard that he recently “changed teams.” See his piece in Scientific American for the scoop.

There are also a couple of well-known climate change skeptics on the roster – Michael Crichton and John Stossel. So we're expecting things to be lively. Watch this space for the story as it unfolds!

It was Hot Back Then Too (A Reprise)

People keep sending us this link, which leads us to believe that there must be lots of others out there who still haven't seen it. So:

For a little comic relief, check out this very funny video – Will Ferrell doing George Bush - over at StopGlobalWarming.

Remember, it was hot back in Adam and Eve's day too. Nothing to worry about!

A Desperate Attempt to Counter the Inconvenient Truth

Check out another great piece of PR pollution uncovered by the folks over at Think Progress.

This one includes a video clip of Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, which has received over $390,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998. He's talking about An Inconvenient Truth and trying to persuade people that going to see it is akin to watching a piece of Nazi propaganda to learn about Nazi Germany.

Blogosphere, Unite!

There's a great and extremely revelant piece over at WorldChanging this week about the need for a concerted plan to deal with the skeptics hard at work confusing the public in online dicussions about climate change.

Alex Steffan writes:

…it is precisely because the climate crisis is so profound that we need to encourage the American debate on the subject to move on, finally and for good, and start to focusing on how to build a bright green future as quickly as possible. The science, after all, is pretty unequivocal at this point.


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