Climate Change Denial: A Tactical Guide

Sun, 2007-03-25 15:01Richard Littlemore
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Climate Change Denial: A Tactical Guide

If anyone doubted the agenda of the public relations professionals who are dedicating themselves (on behalf of their clients) to the denial of climate change, Tom Harris of the Natural Resources Stewardship Project explains it in this post on the right-wingy blogsite Free Dominion .

 

Posted: 01/ 10/ 07 2:20 pm    Post subject: If the science is wrong, then nothing else matters Reply with quote

I completely agree with fourhorses that the ultimate aim is to create a situation where the CPC (the Conservative Party of Canada) can say assertively, “The science no longer supports the assumptions of the Kyoto Accord.”

However, politically this cannot be done overnight without the Conservatives taking what they consider to be an unacceptable hit (do people think they would really lose votes with this statement (from Canadians who would otherwise vote for them, that is?).

So, the solution put on this site a little while ago by Tina is one I would support as well - namely, they don't take sides at all and admit they don't know and so are holding unbiased, public hearings in which scientists from both sides are invited to testify. The resulting chaos, with claims all over the map, will do enough to thoroughly confuse everyone (which is appropriate, actually, since the science is so immature and, frankly, confusing) and take the wind out of the sails of the “we are causing a climate disaster and must stop it” camp entirely, and the CPC can quietly turn to important issues without really having had to say much at all.

What's wrong with this approach?

Sincerely,

Tom Harris, Executive Director, Natural Resources Stewardship Project

Web: www.nrsp.com

 Works for the energy industry lobby group that instructed Harris to set up his front group. 

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“If anyone doubted the agenda of the public relations professionals who are dedicating themselves (on behalf of their clients)”

Oh, you mean public relations professionals like these guys?

Whose client is these guys?

Okay, thanks for clearing that up, , Richard Littlemore. Or do we address you as “senior counsellor”?
Wow! Anonymous, what a fine investigator you are! Who but you would have been able to find out that this site was run by a PR firm, when these secretive characters have so cleverly concealed the truth by hiding it at the link so deceptively entitled “About Us” in the upper right corner, where no one would ever think to look for it!
Anonymous, although you may disagree with Hoggan et al., you could find it interesting to click the >> at the bottom of the page, and go back to Jim Hoggan’s Dec 2005 posts on why this project was set up. Yes, his long PR experience was the key to exposing the shameless spin being developed by special interest (and that interest sure ain’t science or environmental health) groups, to prevent public understanding of climate change. That is the strength of De-smog (get it?) Blog. And the effort is made effective because of the writing experience and political experience of people like Littlemore and others, who are well-informed but not scientists.

That sounds preachy but I am trying to be positive, after coming over from reading more of that bastion of denier science, the Western Standard blog, where they were in the process of plotting terrorist attacks on the CBC, and attacking Suzuki with the most ignorant, free-flowing, bone-headed racist stupidity seen on the net. I guess if the neocon sites that parrot the claim that purported death threats come from the global warming community (they call them alarmists, not realizing that it is a compliment), then do they also assume that these comments represent all sceptics? It was brought on by discussion of climate change and Canada’s limelight-loving deniers.

Don’t believe me? It it there to see.
The “blow up CBC” comments have been there for months (immediately below a post from the magazine editor, oddly enough - maybe they are not reading their blog). Numerous racial and other slurs have been there for at least weeks.
Google //western standard blog march into the CBC HQ blow up the building//.
Google //western standard blog inconvenient liar and a scam artist//. The rest of the comments by denial supporters in that discussion are too vile (although comical) to print. Better check before they finally delete it, now that they are being observed.
“And the effort is made effective because of the writing experience and political experience of people like Littlemore and others, who are well-informed but not scientists.”

Yes, they’re so “well-informed” they think “Ostrich is Australia’s National Bird”

(http://www.desmogblog.com/ostrich-is-australias-national-bird-and-its-pr...).

But perhaps not so surprising, considering the man who wrote that also still imagines he was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize – no matter how often he has been “well-informed” by the Pulitzer committee to the contrary.

At least it’s comforting to know your propagandists have “political experience”. After all, if you can’t trust a politician, who can you trust? Besides, this whole Global Warming deal is just too good to be left to mere scientists – especially when it can serve to further your own political ends.

uh… ok
m e t a p h o r
Speaking of the Suzuki Foundation, how does an organization that advocates politically retain its charitable status? It is also interesting to note that Suzuki’s Foundation promises to keep the names of donors confidential. Isn’t that the big sin Demsogblog, run by Suzuki’s PR firm, lays at the doorstep of NRSP? The principal smear against many of the “Deniers” on Littlemore’s hit list is that they are linked to the NRSP that “refuses to divulge its donors list”. Pot, kettle.

I believe I've pointed out at least 3 times that it isnt a charity at all but a non profit organization = NPO. It remains a non profit organization as long as they have no net profit, and the government tax men deam this to be the case.

The Suzuki Foundation web site shows charitable numbers for tax purposes. People who donate can claim a credit on their tax returns. Therefore the Foundation, while operating as a non-profit, has charitable status. Charities are not supposed to meddle in politics so how does Suzuki get away with it?
Every dollar donated to Suzuki’s bogus “charity” is another dollar NOT donated to legitimate charities like The Salvation Army, Canadian Cancer Society, or The United Way.

Nice work, you smug, self-important enviro-jerks.

I wonder how many times we'll have to go over this: there is nothing inherently wrong about being in PR; it's just wrong to lie about it.

Tom Harris says he's an “engineer,” and executive director of an “environmental group” called the Natural Resources Stewardship Project. I'm sure that Harris did an engineering degree and qualified to practice, but he's been in public relations for years. For Harris to say that he IS an engineer would be like me saying that I AM a newspaper reporter - it's a “truth” that is more than a decade out of date.

If Tom walked into the room and said, “Hi, I work for a Toronto lobby firm (the High Park Group) that specializes in the energy industry,” I'd have no problems with his public relations pursuits. (Of course, if he did that, federal statute would demand that he identify his funders.)

He doesn't. Harris tries to pass himself off as an expert with no agenda. THAT is the issue.

“I wonder how many times we’ll have to go over this: there is nothing inherently wrong about being in PR; it’s just wrong to lie about it.”

Well, you would say that. Sure, and there’s nothing wrong with being a crack dealer, either. It’s just another name for “freelance pharmacist”.

“Tom Harris says he’s an “engineer,” and executive director of an “environmental group” called the Natural Resources Stewardship Project.”

David Suzuki says he’s an “scientist,” and executive director of an “environmental group” called the David Suzuki Foundation.

“For Harris to say that he IS an engineer would be like me saying that I AM a newspaper reporter - it’s a “truth” that is more than a decade out of date.

No, not really. Becoming an engineer requires a real university degree and some brains. Newspaper reporters do not have this prerequisite.

“If Tom walked into the room and said, “Hi, I work for a Toronto lobby firm (the High Park Group) that specializes in the energy industry,” I’d have no problems with his public relations pursuits.”

If David Suzuki walked into the room and said, “Hi, I work for a political lobby firm (the David Suzuki Foundation) that specializes in the Global Warming Industry,” I’d have no problems with his public relations pursuits.

“(Of course, if he did that, federal statute would demand that he identify his funders.)”

Of course, I’d prefer it if he didn’t do it on my taxpayer dime.

“He doesn’t. Harris tries to pass himself off as an expert with no agenda. THAT is the issue.”

 Shocking!
Okay, so now a PR company (desmogblog.com) is acting all outraged at what it claims is a PR campaign contradicting their own.

If there was ever a question that the Global Warming cultists are completely insane, this pretty much settles it.
that’s the p o i n t

What point? Are all of these incoherent comments made by the same Anonymous? You make yourself less clear with every new comment.

Pay attention; the article above is about a PR shill who wants to confuse everybody about what the climate scientists agree is happening; and he wants our government to lie to Canadians and say they don't understand it. If the Harper government is too stupid to understand that AGW is harming Canadians right now, and that it is necessary for the government to act now to make GHG emitters clean up their act, then the Harper government is too stupid to be a government.

Re: the Suzuki Foundation and their status, I sometimes wonder if any of the haters out there have actually read an entire transcript, or even attended an event they so often deride. I saw the Suzuki tour hit Winnipeg last month and the evening was completely non political. The entire focus was to rally public interest to get “involved in the process”. As a matter of fact a local Green Party candidate got up to speak and was immediately and bluntly told by Mr. Suzuki that the evening and tour were non partisan and to go and shill somewhere else. It was refreshing. Seemed pretty non political to me. I guess getting people involved in the political process is just too political a message for some to stomach, those who would rather be ruled by kings for instance.
” As a matter of fact a local Green Party candidate got up to speak and was immediately and bluntly told by Mr. Suzuki that the evening and tour were non partisan and to go and shill somewhere else.”

That’s because Suzuki is himself and ardent and unapologetic shill for the NDP.
Planting confusion into the public’s headspace is a standard tactic of the corporate culture. They are all about tactics and rhetoric, and not substance. The real world is at our door, and it is demanding emissions reductions. The corporate culture is still fighting those reductions, which tells us that they are working in their own best interests and NOT the public’s best interests. Thats the big revelation for many people today, and it is leading to a revolution against ‘corporatism’ [such as it is now]. The time for nationalising energy industry has come - they have proven themselves to be irresponsible and not working in the public’s best interests.
“Planting confusion into the public’s headspace is a standard tactic of the corporate culture.”

Ah, yes. The typical left-wing condescencion for the lumpen-proletariat. We’re so easily confused! If only a clear-headed “progressive” like yourself could raise our conciousness.

Unless, of course, you’re the one who happens to be confused.

” Thats the big revelation for many people today, and it is leading to a revolution against ‘corporatism’ [such as it is now].”

Yes, the workers will rise and smash the evil capitalist state, creating a glorious socialist utopia! Sorry, were you saying something about “the real world”? Evidently, you and “the real world” have parted company some time ago. Who writes your material? Or do you just copy that stuff from some old East German propaganda pamphlet?

“The time for nationalising energy industry has come - they have proven themselves to be irresponsible and not working in the public’s best interests.”

Yeah, darn that record-low unemployment rate. Just look what a great job your buddy Hugo Chavez did nationalising the energy industry is doing in Venezuela. Their inflation rate is only, what, now? 2000%? Just wait until they start digging the mass graves – won’t you be excited then!

Death to the corporate pigs, comrade!
When you don’t delete rubbish like this, it ruins the blog. People will stop reading it. That is why they do it. They are spoilers, failures, with no point to make.
As a committed progressive environmentalist, I agree 100%! The deniersists must be silenced by whatever means neccessary. This is the only way to deal with the capitalist lackeys who contradict our correct viewpoints and reject the Juche Idea. Failure to act is to invite debate. We dare not allow it. The science is clear.
The deniers seem to cancel their own comments out anyway.
So, “Ethan”, an honest question: are you saying that the best debate that you can come up with is the comments you are defending: “lumpen-proletariat, etc., etc. Death to the corporate pigs, comrade”? Wouldn’t it be great if instead of bad-mouthing, those who don’t accept human impacts on the climate would give reasons? Judging from your other writings (unless the name is completely fake), you don’t have any.
Why do you demand answers to your meddlesome questions? Who are you trying to oppress with your hate speech? Are you being paid by Exxon?

No reasons are neccessary. The science is clear.
More from both sides. Another excellent prediction! He was so right. How can he be so right all the time?!?

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2000/03/08/cooling.html

Expert puts chill on global warming Last Updated: Wednesday, March 8, 2000 | 2:15 PM ET CBC News

After days of warmer than usual weather, a cold wind is blowing the mercury back down to normal. And at a time when all the talk has been of global warming, one scientist is predicting global cooling.

Tim Ball is a retired geography professor who has studied historic weather trends. He says the earth is actually coming to the end of a long warming cycle.

“We reached a peak I think around the 1940s, generally. When you look at the correct record, the better record of the satellites and tree rings and other stuff and the sun’s pattern is such that we’ll now go into a cooling trend.”

Ball believes the recent trend towards warmer winters will be short-lived. He says changes in solar patterns are responsible for climate change. Ball also says burning fossil fuels has little impact on the weather.

Seems Ball has found the one accurate climate model that has eluded all the other scientists...

I wonder why people like Lindzen and Pielke, who have argued that "you just can't predict the weather", don't go after people like Tim Ball, who apparently can?