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Tue, 2014-12-09 21:20Steve Horn
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Like Canada's Harper Government, Obama Administration Muzzling Its Scientists

In recent years, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has come under fire for disallowing scientists working for the Canadian government to speak directly to the press

An article published in August by The New Republic said “Harper's antagonism toward climate-change experts in his government may sound familiar to Americans,” pointing to similar deeds done by the George W. Bush Administration. That article also said that “Bush's replacement,” President Barack Obama, “has reversed course” in this area.

Society for Professional Journalists, the largest trade association for professional journalists in the U.S., disagrees with this conclusion. 

In a December 1 letter written to Gina McCarthy, administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the society chided the Obama administration for its methods of responding to journalists' queries to speak to EPA-associated scientists. 

“We write to urge you again to clarify that members of the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) and the twenty other EPA science advisory committees have the right and are encouraged to speak to the public and the press about any scientific issues, including those before these committees, in a personal capacity without prior authorization from the agency,” said the letter.

“We urge you…to ensure that EPA advisory committee members are encouraged share their expertise and opinions with those who would benefit from it.”

Sun, 2007-09-09 20:33Kevin Grandia
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Frank Maisano a DeSmogger?

If someone had told me that one day I would have my picture taken with Frank Maisano in a DeSmogBlog t-shirt I would have thought they were either immensely funny or immensely delusional. Well, here's Frank and I at the Society of Environmental Journalist's Conference in matching DeSmogBlog t-shirts.

Maybe pigs do fly. It actually turns out that Maisano has a pretty darn good sense of humor.

For those of you unfamiliar with Maisano, he used to work for the Global Climate Coalition, one of the most aggressive industry-funded climate science attack groups the world ever saw.

In fact here's a 2006 article by environment writer Jim Motavalli (who also got a DSBlog shirt) about Maisano titled, Thank You for Emitting.

I think somoneshould send this to Marc Morano. (Marc_Morano@EPW.Senate.Gov)

Fri, 2007-09-07 19:21Richard Littlemore
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Covering (up) Climate Change

There was a time, Stanford climatologist Stephen Schneider said today, when that appeared to be what American journalists were doing: covering up climate change. Schneider was the lead speaker In an opening plenary of the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference, entitled “Covering Climate Change,” and he began by noting that all too recently, U.S. climate coverage had been dense and uncertain. Peer-reviewed papers endorsed by the best scientists in the world were given the same space and credence as the latest one-off report by the apologists for an oil-industry-funded think tank.

Sitting before 300-plus reporters currently working the environment beat, Schneider quickly added, “It's not that bad any more.”

Fri, 2007-09-07 09:35Richard Littlemore
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Why Scientists Fear Journalists

The Society of Environmental Journalists, meeting this year on the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, is once again delving into the issues that compromise science journalism.

At a breakout session this morning, Dr. Pat Conrad of the University of California at Davis, gave one effectively all-encompassing answer: scientists fear journalists because journalists are scary.
Wed, 2007-09-05 17:55Kevin Grandia
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DeSmogBlog live at the SEJ in Palo Alto

It's time again for the Society of Environmental Journalists conference and DeSmogBlog will be there covering all the action.

The SEJ conference is being held at Stanford University this year, bringing together top environmental reporters and writers from across North America.

Like last year, the DeSmogBlog team will be there blogging and doing video-casts. Check out the conference details and let us know if there is anything you would like to see us cover.

If you're attending the conference and want to get together for a coffee, drop us a line at desmogblog[at]gmail.com.

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