Climatechange101.ca - Another "friend" of science?

Wed, 2010-07-21 11:26Richard Littlemore
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Climatechange101.ca - Another "friend" of science?

Update: Friends of Science advertised CC101

Update #2: In the climatechange101.ca website coding, the mailing address is the same for the CC101 and the Friends of Science. Here’s a screenshot. [thanks for the tip from one of our great commenters!]

A new “grassroots” organization has emerged - coincidentally on the same server as the rightfully maligned Friends of Science. ClimateChange101.ca arose this month, as if from nowhere and it offers narry a name or address on its website. The About Us section says only that, “We are a group of private citizens who have studied all aspects of climate change for many years.”

(Update: Thanks to the good folks at Friends of Gin and Tonic, I am now informed that Friends of Science actually launched CC101 as a service for those of its fans who were not up to the challenge of the recently revived FOS site. The full and typically entertaining message from FOGT exec-director Dr. Roger Romney-Hughes is appended below.)

It may not be fair, though, to say they arose from “nowhere,” because the website registration clearly says that they emanate from the fossil (fuel) capital of Drumheller, Alberta - from the same small server that harbours Friends of Science.

The site is a typical retread of the same old discredited arguments. They claim global average temperatures are falsely inflated by the heat island effect, when that has easily and repeatedly been proved incorrect. They say that ice is getting thicker on Greenland and in the Antarctic without bothering to address the fact that ice mass in total is declining at a worrying rate in the North and South poles.

The new denier site’s greatest crime, however, is cowardice. The creators say that they aren’t receiving funding from industry (a false claim that FOS tried to get away with, as well), but they have hidden their operations behind a firewall that denies even the provision of a post office box. They clearly have no intention of standing accountable for their risible science or the true source of their funding and support.

Richard,
 
It is indeed an organ of the Friends of Science - they announced it in their June newsletter (what, you don’t read it?) thus:
 
“Our website www.friendsofscience.org is popular and frequently visited. But some of our members find that it assumes too high a level of scientific literacy. Len Maier, a director of The Friends has responded to this concern by developing a new web site www.climatechange101.ca which is more directed at the general public. Members are encouraged to visit the site and provide Len with their comments and suggestions.
These are exciting times with the repercussions of climategate still continuing and the alarmist
position under increased scrutiny. The end of the tunnel is drawing nearer. But we will need your continuing moral and financial support to press home our recent advantages. These include the new web page which should be widely advertised through a radio campaign similar to the very successful one we waged last autumn. It would be helpful if members would tell their friends of the new site.”
 
I like the bit about the level of scientific literacy.


Dr Roger Romney-Hughes
Executive Director
Friends of Gin & Tonic
http://www.friendsofginandtonic.org

By the way, the new Friends-of-Science-as-the-undead logo is also courtesy of FOGT. Gotta love these guys.

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The contact information is connected to Enmax Envision, a division of ENMAX (an Albertan energy company).

On a related note, Frank Bi is reporting they share more than just a server - apparently, their snail mail address is identical to the FoS. I cant confirm this on my own yet, though.

Thanks for running this story! :)

CC101’s snail mail address is hidden by some CSS on the contact page; you need to view the HTML source to see it.

And look what I just found…

www.friendsofscience.org/assets/files/documents/2010_June_Newsletter.pdf

“Our website www.friendsofscience.org is popular and frequently visited. But some of our members find that it assumes too high a level of scientific literacy. Len Maier, a director of The Friends has responded to this concern by developing a new web site www.climatechange101.ca which is more directed at the general public. Members are encouraged to visit the site and provide Len with their comments and suggestions.”

Bingo! Odd that CC101 doesn’t mention the FoS connection anywhere on their pages.

Brian D has also told me that CC101’s whois record mentions Albertan energy company ENMAX, but I’ve yet to verify that.

– frank

They need this website for the room-temperature IQ-types: petro engineers and other people who think in 1-D and linear.

Here a sneak preview of FoGTs forthcoming post:

“The world needs more CO2, not less. CO2 emissions are a wonderful by product of industrialization”.
Ken Gregory
Friends of Science
9th July 2010

He really wrote that to me! How can you avoid ad hominem attacks when somebody is soooooo…

“He really wrote that to me!”

Wow, FoS actually wrote to you? They’ve not tried contacting me. They’ve not even tried suing me or anything. I feel so left out. :| :)

Do you happen to know who else was in Ken Gregory’s mailing list?

– frank

Oh, please. If they think that is going to fly, they should be worrying about literacy, full stop, nevermind scientific literacy! Anyone who can read a newspaper has seen the results of the investigations re: “Climategate”, even if all they ever read is the Post. As an aside I wonder if any of these CC101 students (or the guys who dream up these brilliant names) realize that the Watergate is a hotel, not something that scandal floods through.

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