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Fri, 2012-06-29 10:45Steve Horn
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New Documentary "Rational Middle": Oil and Gas Advertising in Disguise

The “Rational Middle Energy Series,” directed and produced by Gregory Kallenberg, is hot off the film rolls and has already been screened at an influential venue: the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Kallenberg also directed and produced the documentary film “Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for An Energy Future,” a film about the ongoing shale gas boom in the United States and a counterpart, of sorts, to Josh Fox’s Academy Award-nominated documentary “Gasland.”

Kallenberg, in a press release announcing the film series’ launch, stated,

Through our travels with 'Haynesville,' no matter where we were in the world, we saw a striking commonality from community to community: the need and desire for a balanced discussion about today's energy issues. We realized that more often than not, people wanted to leave behind the noise and extremes to build an energy future that is environmentally sound, economically viable and ensures energy security. The 'Rational Middle' is the starting point for a movement welcoming open discussion where everyone is invited to the table to find solutions to the most important energy challenges.

Taken at face value, the movie’s description sounds fairly innocent.

Yet, the questions to be asked as the film makes the rounds: Who is Gregory Kallenberg? Who is his family? And in general, who are the real characters behind the curtain here?

The answers to these questions say much more about the film than does the description offered in promotional pitches. As it turns out, the public relations firm tasked to do promotional pitches also speaks volumes about the filmmaker's agenda.

Wed, 2012-02-01 13:45Brendan DeMelle
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Jim Hoggan Op-Ed in Vancouver Sun: Who Gets A Say In Our Democracy?

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Jim Hoggan, DeSmogBlog co-founder and president, has an op-ed in the Vancouver Sun today discussing the “ethical oil” crowd's attacks on democracy in the Enbridge Northern Gateway public hearings. Head over to the Vancouver Sun to read it: “Who gets a say in our democracy?

Here is an excerpt from the ending:

If [Joe Oliver or Stephen Harper] is concerned that over the years the California-based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has given $1.3 million to the Pem-bina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education, then they should be even more troubled that, during the same period, the Hewletts gave $40 million to the government's own International Development Research Centre. Apparently, Oliver's “radicals” fuelled by “foreign special interests” are as close as the nearest mirror.

If Enbridge or its political boosters wants to pipe unrefined Canadian bitumen directly to the most treacherous waters in the north Pacific - and then, by supertanker, into the hands of the Chinese - they should make their case. Attacking the rights of others to have input is a dodge unworthy of a democracy as advanced and robust as ours.

Read more at the Vancouver Sun.

Tue, 2010-05-11 11:35Kevin Grandia
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Climate Cover Up Wins Book of the Year!

Climate Cover Up, the book written by DeSmogBlog co-founder James Hoggan along with Richard Littlemore has been named Non-Fiction Book of the Year by the Green Book Festival.

The award honors books that, “… contribute to greater understanding, respect for and positive action on the changing worldwide environment.”

It’s always great to get recognition for all the hard work we do here at DeSmog, but none of it is possible without all the support from our thousands of supporters from around the world.

Wed, 2009-12-02 13:00Brendan DeMelle
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‘The Angry Mermaid Award’ - Vote On The Worst Industry Lobbyists Killing Climate Action

Citizens from around the world will convene in Copenhagen next week for the COP15 U.N. climate conference, ready to voice their frustration at the slow pace of global action to address climate change. Friends of the Earth International recently launched ‘The Angry Mermaid Award,’ inviting everyone to vote for the worst corporate lobbyists who are primarily responsible for obstructing progress toward a global agreement.

Copenhagen is home to The Little Mermaid statue, a Danish landmark honoring Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale character. In Andersen’s tale, the Little Mermaid saves the life of a shipwrecked prince and then risks her voice and tail to win his love. If the prince chooses another bride, she is destined to turn into sea foam and disappear forever.

The Angry Mermaid Award is designed to shine a spotlight on the worst industry lobbyists whose actions have done the most to cripple international action on climate change, a delay which now risks unleashing climate chaos. In this real life story, it won’t be a fictional mermaid who disappears beneath the sea forever - it will be low-lying island nations like the Maldives

Lobbyists for polluting industries have worked tirelessly to block effective action, while also seeking every possible way for their corporate clients to benefit from any agreement the nations of the world manage to reach eventually.

Cast your vote in the Angry Mermaid Award today and help decide which company or lobby group is doing the most to sabotage effective action on climate change.


Sat, 2009-11-28 16:20Kevin Grandia
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Climate Cover Up Top Selling Media Studies Book in America

I know, I know, I’ve been writing a lot about DeSmog’s new book Climate Cover Up. But I just can’t help myself when I see all these great stats rolling in. I just have to share them with our loyal readers.

Amazon.com has Climate Cover Up listed as the best selling book in Media Studies today, beating out amazing books like Manufacturing Consent and Barbara Walter’s The Audition.

Check it out, here’s the screenshot:

Fri, 2009-11-27 15:22Kevin Grandia
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Climate Cover Up Goes Ivy League

Looks like DeSmogBlog’s new book Climate Cover Up is getting an Ivy League audience next week.

Author and DeSmog co-founder Jim Hoggan, will be speaking next week at Yale and Princeton Universities about the book and the efforts by industry to deny the realities of climate change science.

He will also be doing an event in Manhattan on the Monday night at the very cool McNally Jackson bookstore. Jim will be presenting alongside well-known author and NYU professor of media studies, Mark Crispin Miller.

I’ve also heard that other very special guests may be dropping by, so if you’re in the area, here’s the details:

Date: Monday, Nov. 30

Time: 7pm to 8pm

Location: 52 Prince Street (btw. Lafayette & Mulberry)

Mon, 2009-10-19 17:12Kevin Grandia
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Climate Cover Up Picking Up Steam Online and in the News

It was a busy weekend for coverage of Jim’s new book Climate Cover Up.

As I mentioned before, if you’re a blogger or a media outlet and you would like a review copy please email me at: [email protected].

Here’s a round-up of the latest media and online stories:

Climate change dispute a ‘fake debate,’ expert says

Confused by all the mixed messages about climate change? There’s a good reason for that, says a public relations expert, who argues in a new book that the so-called global warming debate is a tug-of-war between clever PR tactics and sound science.

Book draws attention to climate change ‘coverup’ by fossil-fuel industry

Public relations executive James Hoggan says there’s no doubt that his new book is provoking some angry reactions from people with its revelations about what is shaping public opinion on global warming.

Hot Topic: Climate Cover-Up

Public relations executive James Hoggan says there’s no doubt that his new book is provoking some angry reactions from people with its revelations about what is shaping public opinion on global warming.

Hoggan’s climate change ‘coverup’ tome sparks reaction

“This should be illegal. People should not be able to pull off this kind of deception and get away with it. And I’m not saying let’s bring out the chains and lock up free speech. What I’m saying is that we should know who is paying for these things.”

New book by Vancouver author details ‘crusade’ to deny global warming

Public-relations executive James Hoggan says there’s no doubt that his new book is provoking some angry reactions from people with its revelations about what is shaping public opinion on global warming.

Peter Foster: The weather exploiters

No names are given, but the evidence is apparently in a book called Climate Cover-Up, by James Hoggan, a close associate of Mr. Suzuki.

Liz Veazy: Climate Cover-Up

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the long-standing deception campaign against global warming.

Climate Cover-up - James Hoggan

This book clearly outlines the millions of dollars spent by huge corporations for the purpose of denying that global warming exists.

Climate Cover Up: The Second Extract

Wed, 2009-10-14 21:39Kevin Grandia
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Reviews of Climate Cover Up Starting to Roll In

We’ve started to see some great online reviews of Jim’s book Climate Cover Up: the crusade to deny global warming so I thought I share a few of them with you.

If you have a blog and would like to do a review, drop me a line at: [email protected] and we’ll send you a copy.

If you don’t have a blog, but want to help spread the word, please consider writing a review on Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble, or sending around the summary page we have to your friends of email or Facebook

Here’s some of the reviews so far:

The Invention of Lying about Climate Change (Joe Romm @ climateprogress.com)

“Right now, I am happy to unhesitatingly recommend Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming by James Hoggan editor of  with Richard Littlemore, key figures behind the terrific Desmog.blog.”

Climate Cover-Up (Liz Veazey @ it’sgettinghotinhere.org)

“Although, I had some understanding of of this “climate cover-up” I liked to think of it as mostly over, too.  It was sobering and frustrating to learn more details about this ongoing campaign and its success in the minds of a majority of the public.”

The great Climate Cover-Up (Karl Burkart @ mnn.com)

Climate Cover-Up summarizes four years of investigative journalism into the inception of the campaign, how it was funded through Washington think tanks and how it used discredited “scientists” and partisan politics to marginalize the climate change issue.”

Climate Cover Up: The First Extract (Keith Farnish @ Unsuitablog)

“Chapter Four, from which this first extract is taken, largely concerns the formation and activities of The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC), a monstrous “Astroturf” which was created on the suggestion of the public relations company APCO (the same company that fought to promote tobacco in the face of virtually all medical advice). It also discusses at length the Astroturfing activities of The American Petroleum Institute (API). This section introduces a veteran of the anti-climate change lobby, Frederick Seitz, but most importantly “Mr Junk Science”, Steven Milloy. Enjoy.”

John Mashey recommends “Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming” (Tim Lambert @ Deltoid)

“So, if you wonder how and why so many people, especially in North America, are confused about the current state of climate science, this is an excellent introduction to the key players and tactics.”

Slamming the Climate Skeptic Scam (Nancy Tenney Naumer @ climatechangepsychology.blogspot.com)

Thanks again for those who’ve taken the time to highlight the book on their blogs!

Tue, 2009-10-13 06:45Richard Littlemore
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David Suzuki wins honorary "Alternative Nobel"

Canadian environmental icon David Suzuki has won the honorary Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the Alternative Nobel prize, “for his lifetime advocacy of the socially responsible use of science, and for his massive contribution to raising awareness about the perils of climate change and building public support for policies to address it.”

Contrasted, say, to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose climate change policies are currently an embarrassment to the country and an affront to the world, David Suzuki was also named this year as the person Canadians trust most. He outpolled the Queen and Rick Hillier (former Chief of Defence Staff) - combined.

Mon, 2009-06-15 10:36Jim Hoggan
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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.

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