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Fri, 2007-05-11 17:24Kevin Grandia
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Around the DeSmogosphere

Here's what some of DeSmog's friends and fellow bloggers had to say this week:

Adam@TerraBlog writes:

A grab bag of compact-fluorescent related items this week. First up, the “wife test”: it seems women are at least partly to blame for the dismal adoption rate of CFLs in the U.S., despite the fact that women are more likely than men to express a strong willingness to make behavioral changes to fight climate change…”

Eli@Rabett Run writes:

In 1997 a mass mailing appeared across the US sent by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, a one barn, no horse outfit that had specialized in curricula for home schoolers of the frum persuasion. The mailing included a letter from Fred Seitz, who signed as the former president of the National Academy of Sciences, neglecting to mention his extremely profitable experience as a front for the tobacco industry…”

Fri, 2007-05-11 12:34Ross Gelbspan
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Meet the Devil: Hansen and Mann are "Fearmongers"

So who are the fearmongers again?

 

“The cycle of alarmist predictions is now well established. Not long before some new UN moot, a prominent fearmonger like James Hansen or Michael Mann will make a tremulous statement about the accelerating tempo of the warming crisis. The cry is taken up by the IPCC and headlined by the New York Times, with exactly the same lack of critical evaluation as that newspaper's recycling of the government's lies about Saddam's WMDs.” – Alexander Cockburn

Fri, 2007-05-11 11:17Kevin Grandia
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The Tobacco Institute's Legacy of Spin

Big Tobacco, in the form of the Tobacco Institute and The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, wrote the book on manipulative PR tactics. Go no further than this 1982 news interview with a Tobacco Institute VP.

Sound familiar? Same talking points, bigger issue. We've acquired more than 20 hours of old Tobacco Institute video, so watch for more clips over the next few weeks on DeSmog TV.

Wed, 2007-05-09 12:37Kevin Grandia
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Breaking: Environment Canada employee arrested for leaking climate plan

RCMP just posted this.

Globe and Mail has the story.

Update: Globe and Mail has updated their story .

H/T: VJ for keeping on top of this.

Wed, 2007-05-09 10:57Kevin Grandia
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Will Fox News stop peddling "Junk Science?"

With the announcement today by News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch that the media conglomerate is joining the battle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the big question here at DeSmogBlog is whether this means Fox News will end its peddling in global warming junk science.

Steve Milloy (aka. “The Junkman”) is a regular Fox News columnist and tireless campaigner in the war agianst climate science. A quick read of Milloy's website and you will find the usual laundry list of long-held global warming denier arguments.

Wed, 2007-05-09 10:26Kevin Grandia
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Senate Committee debates climate change action costs today

Its refreshing to see the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee moving on from a debate over whether global warming is a hoax, to one of what to do about ever-increasing US greenhouse gas emissions.

Today the hearing was on the subject of “Emerging Technologies and Practices for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions.”

Wed, 2007-05-09 09:53Ross Gelbspan
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Putting The Fox In Charge Of The Greenhouse

Fox News founder and media maven Rupert Murdoch launched a company-wide plan today to address climate change that includes not only a pledge to reduce the News Corporation's emissions but also a vow to weave climate messaging into the content and programming of News Corp.'s many holdings.

Tue, 2007-05-08 21:00Kevin Grandia
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Around the DeSmogosphere

Here's what other bloggers and DeSmog friends from our blogroll are talking about.

Adam Siegal @ Ecotality:

Wal-Mart announced today a huge solar system purchase, a “pilot project … toward its goal of being supplied by 100 percent renewable energy.” For many, Wal-Mart has been an odd poster child for Green business management…

Simon Donner @ Maribo:

In case you are still not convinced that the emissions intensity concept is a sham, take a look at this graph. In fact, don’t just look at it. E-mail a copy to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper…

Tue, 2007-05-08 12:51Kevin Grandia
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Beck's "Climate of Fear" crashes and burns

Is it scientifically valid to attribute one instance of total failure by the global warming denier campaign to an emerging long-term global trend of failures by the global warming denier campaign? 

Last week's Glenn Beck denier-a-minute special on climate change “alarmism” was a complete flop. The evening ratings are out and it shows Beck dead last in total viewers in the 7pm time slot. CNN can't be too happy, considering there was a considerable amount of hype-dollars invested in this attack on science.

I guess Tim Ball isn't the media darling the US think tank s have been making him out to be.

H/T: Media Matters 

Tue, 2007-05-08 11:51Kevin Grandia
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Is DiCaprio the next Al Gore?

Al Gore has done an amazing job raising the awareness of global warming to a level that it rightly deserves. The global warming deniers who frequent DSBlog can say all they want about Gore, but most of what they say only makes them look more idealogical and desperate than they already are.

What Gore has done, is communicate in a very compelling way, to a very large number of people, the overwhelming scientific evidence telling us that global warming is happening, human activities are to blame and we should all be very concerned about the outcomes.

Now it looks like another heavyweight in the art of communication will be joining Gore's efforts in a serious way. Check out Leonardo DiCaprio's trailer for his new film, The 11th Hour, debuting this month at the Cannes Film Festival.

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