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Slamming the Climate Skeptic Scam

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Updated: June 15, 2009

There is a line between public relations and propaganda - or there should be. And there is a difference between using your skills, in good faith, to help rescue a battered reputation and using them to twist the truth - to sow confusion and doubt on an issue that is critical to human survival.

And it is infuriating - as a public relations professional - to watch my colleagues use their skills, their training and their considerable intellect to poison the international debate on climate change.

That's what is happening today, and I think it's a disgrace. On one hand, you have the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – as well as the science academies of every developed nation in the world – confirming that:

  • climate change is real;
  • it is caused by human activity; and
  • it is threatening the planet in ways we can only begin to imagine.


On the other hand, you have an ongoing public debate - not about how to respond, but about whether we should bother, about whether climate change is even a scientific certainty. While those who stand in denial of climate change have failed in the last 15 years to produce a single, peer-reviewed scientific journal article that challenges the theory and evidence of human-induced climate change, mainstream media was, until very recently, covering the story (in more than half the cases, according to the academic researchers Boykoff and Boykoff) by quoting one scientist talking about the risks and one purported expert saying that climate change was not happening – or might actually be a good thing.

The Big Ask: "Act Now!" on global warming [video]

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The Big Ask: "Act Now!" on global warming

This video is well done. Help spread the message by emailing it on to your friends and family.

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DeSmogBlog's Golden Oldies

With more than three years of writing on climate change issues and the climate denial industry, DeSmogBlog has amassed a lot of information - close to 1,300 articles in fact.

As part of the annual summer cleaning, I'm going through a lot of the old material for technical reasons, so I thought I would start a post listing some of our “golden oldies.”

I'll add more as I come across them.

Do you have any favorites? Let me know and I'll add them to the list.

Video: Jim Hoggan on Astroturfing, Greenwashing and the Echo Chamber

Here's a short video produced by documentary filmmaker Jon Cooksey and his team at How To Boil a Frog, featuring DeSmog Project co-founder Jim Hoggan. Enjoy!

In Search of Al Gore: A Climate Pilgrimage

Several members of the DeSmogBlog team are off to Montreal for a training session April 4-6 with Nobel laureate Al Gore - an opportunity to learn from the master how best to spread the word about the challenges of and solutions to global warming.

Kevin Grandia, Emily Murgatroyd and I will all attend as trainees. Jim Hoggan, who attended a Nashville Bootcamp last year, will be back as a presenter. I start my own pilgrimage on the (carbon-conscious) train this evening and will be blogging across the country, in cooperation with the Vancouver Sun. See the set-up post here. And stay tuned.

Spin Resumes as Canada Eyes Emission Standards

Less than a day after Canadian Transportation Minister Lawrence Cannon announced the “possibility” of strict new auto emission standards, the newspapers are already filled with threats of dramatic car price increases. The spin season has begun again.

This flurry of threats and misinformation is destined to continue with greater intensity for the next 60 days, the period in which Minister Cannon said the Government of Canada will consult with the automotive industry and environmental groups about the potential for auto emission standards that meet or exceed the new American regulations.

Presidential Candidates Not Going Far Enough on Climate?

You may have noticed some tension here at DeSmogBlog lately over the Obama affair.

I don't write to criticize, but because what has happened seems indicative of a broader phenomenon when it comes to global warming and the campaign trail, I'd like to enlarge the issue and provide my own perspective, beyond what I've already done.


Obama named SmogMaker of 2007

Prize honors those who sow confusion and delay on Climate Change

Update: DeSmogBlog withdraws Obama Award
 

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has captured the inaugural 2007 SmogMaker Award for blowing smoke on global warming, the DeSmogBlog announced today.

Global warming is an environmental problem, not a political one. And people who try to ‘solve’ it with political or public relations spin are just making the problem worse,” said James Hoggan, co-founder of the DeSmogBlog.

Introducing DeSmogBlog's Latest Addition James Glave

I would like to welcome our newest writer James Glave to the DeSmogBlog team.

James brings over 16 years experience as a journalist, including 5 years as a senior editor with Outside magazine and prior to that as an editor with Wired News – the pioneering digital technology news service affiliated with Wired magazine.

James also has a forthcoming book called “Eco-Shed.”

You can read the rest of his impressive bio here.

Welcome aboard James!

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