Donna Laframboise

Donna Laframboise

 Credentials

  • Degree in Women's Studies, University of Toronto (1989). [1]

 Background

Donna Laframboise is a journalist, photographer, and founder of NOconsensus.org, a website critical of the IPCC and skeptical of climate change.

Between 1993 and 2001, Laframboise was a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, serving as a Vice President from 1998-2001.

Prior to 2002, she wrote for the National Post, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Chatelaine, Toronto Life, and other publications. She now works as a photographer [1]

Laframboise is also the author of the blog NoFrakkingConsensus, and was behind the now-defunct website DeSoggyBog (which attempted to parody DeSmogBlog), which she describes as a “project of NOconsensus.org.” [2]

Stance on Climate Change

“Despite media claims to the contrary, the debate is not over. There is no consensus among scientists concerning global warming.” [3]

Key Quotes

“If the world is divided into two factions – one that believes climate change is a serious problem and another that thinks human influence on the climate is so minimal it’s indistinguishable from background noise – one group [environmentalists] has pulled off a bank heist while the other [skeptics] has been panhandling in front of the liquor store.” [4]

Key Deeds

February 3, 2013

The website What's Up With That Watts?, which more commonly reviews the articles and blog posts of climate change skeptic Anthony Watts, published a review of Donna Laframboise's blog/website Noconsensus.org. In particular, the critique notes how Laframboise uses the often-debunked Oregon Petition as proof of a “consensus of disbelief.” According to the author, Laframboise also “manipulates with words” in her comparison of global warming and the Soviet Union in the time of Stalin.

The article concludes that “The content at noconsensus.org makes clear that we are dealing with a writer who does propaganda, not any investigative journalism driving by an honest desire to learn and understand.” [18]

November 30 - December 1, 2012

Donna Laframboise was a speaker (PDF) at the Eighth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-8)/Fifth International Conference on Climate and Energy (ICCE-5) sponsored by both the Heartland Institute and the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE). Her speech is titled “The IPCC - Almost nothing you've been told about this organization is actually true.” [16]

October 9, 2011

Donna Laframboise published her book, The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert with Ivy Avenue Press. According to her book's introduction, “What most of us don't know is that, rather than being written by a meticulous, upstanding professional in business attire, this [IPCC] report was produced by a slapdash, slovenly teenager who has trouble distinguishing right from wrong. [5]

Climate scientist Peter Gleik posted a review of the book, calling it a “stunning compilation of lies, misrepresentations, and falsehoods about the fundamental science of climate change. It compiles the old arguments, long refuted, about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which summarizes the state of science on climate change.”

One source has made an “open note” to Donna Laframboise regarding her book's assertions that: ”[…] rather than being written by a meticulous, upstanding professional in business attire (aka the world’s top scientists & best experts), the Climate Bible is produced by a slapdash, slovenly teenager who has trouble distinguishing right from wrong (aka, activists, 20-something graduate students, people appointed due to their gender or their country). The world needs to confront the folly that is the IPCC.” [17]

According to this source, Laframboise's “derision of young scientists scientists totally ignores the fact that young men and women have been the backbone of science through the generations.” To back this up, the author points to some of the young graduate students and scientists that were an essential part of the Manhattan Project.

According to an article in the The Heartlander, which praises the book, “Laframboise also sheds light on the extreme political agenda of IPCC Chair Raj Pachauri, IPCC’s scientifically unjustified reliance on Michael Mann’s hockey stick temperature graph, Climategate, and a host of other IPCC-related issues.”  [6]

Laframboise has appeared on the Bolt Report to promote her book.

October 13, 2010

Laframboise criticized David Suzuki for fathering five children, concluding “a man who spends his time preaching that humans are desecrating the environment due to our sheer numbers nevertheless indulged himself five times in this regard.” [7]

One blog examined the “Smoke and Mirrors” behind her article, and describes how her article is a red herring primarily concerned with evoking emotions in her audience. [8]

June 4, 2010

In an article titled BP, Greenpeace & the Big Oil Jackpot, Laframboise suggested that the oil industry is donating large sums of money to environmental causes. Sourcewatch suggests that the article erroneously implies that Greenpeace receives “large cash donations from BP.” [4]

Although the article appears to be pinpointing the group Nature Conservancy, not Greenpeace, it does state that the “big oil jackpot was awarded to those on the Greenpeace side of the debate.”

The article does not mention that many environmental groups, including Greenpeace, do not accept donations from corporations, governments, or political parties. Most donations come from individuals. This differs many of the organizations skeptical of climate change, of which a large number regularly accept large donations from corporations with vested interest in the issues.

April, 2010

NOconsensus.org called for volunteers to examine the IPCC's 2007 report, as she claims that the report does not cite a large amount of peer-reviewed literature. [9]

The crowd-sourced project, which includes contributions by numerous “Anonymous” auditors, concludes that the IPCC has “misled the public” about the amount of peer-reviewed material in the report. Laframboise concludes that this means the IPCC“s “ability to accurately describe more complex topics is called into question.” [10], [11]

August, 2009

According to a WHOIS Lookup, “Desoggyblog” was registered through Domains By Proxy on this date.

Donna Laframboise is behind this “parody” site that actively criticizes (and twists) the position and philosphy of DeSmogBlog. She describes Desoggyblog as a “project of NOconsensus.org.” [2]

Her website consists of only two pages: a Homepage and and a “Critique.”

April 1, 2009

According to a WHOIS Search, NOconsensus.org was registered on April 1, 2009. The premise of the website, as suggested by the title, is that “there is no consensus among scientists concerning global warming.”

The website's purpose is to “link you to points-of-view you deserve to hear - to expand the debate at a time when some people are trying to shut it down.”

The scientific portion of the website, “Global Warming Theory 101” offers the following sections: “Weather,” which suggests that while we cannot accurately predict next summer's weather, we “we claim to know - within a few degrees - how hot it will be 100 years from now” (this claim has been debunked by SkepticalScience), “Petition” which links to the infamous (and many-times-debunked) Oregon Petition, “Questions,” which claims that the UN is suppressing the views of climate change skeptics, and “Crusade” which criticizes Al Gore's film, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Others have noted that Laframboise already contradicted her first section, as she has said herself that “weather is not the same as climate.” [12], [13]

The main arguments of NoConsensus have also been debunked at SkepticalScience. Some examples include “Climate Change Myth” #4 (“There is no consensus”), #61 (“Scientists Can't Even Predict Weather”), and #125 (“The IPCC Consensus is Phony”). 

Laframboise suggests that we do not need to act on climate change now, because in the future we will have superior technology:

“It's almost certain that, 50 years from now, humanity will be better prepared to address climate change than is anyone alive today. Not only will future generations be smarter than we are, but five more decades of technological innovation will equip them with tools we haven't yet dreamed of.” [14]

 Affiliations

 Publications

Donna Laframboise does not have a background in science, so has not published any peer-reviewed articles. She has contributed to the following books:

 Resources

  1. Donna Laframboise,” Google Profile. Accessed April 9, 2012.

  2. Climate Change Hate: Is Donna 'Soggy' behind the ears?,” New Anthropocene, August 27, 2010.

  3. About NOconsensus.org,” Accessed April 9, 2012.

  4. BP, Greenpeace & the Big Oil Jackpot,” No Frakking Consensus, June 4, 2010.

  5. Donna Laframboise. The Delinquent Teenager who was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert (PDF), Page 4.

  6. James M. Taylor. “Climate Change Weekly: Bombshell Book Documents IPCC Misconduct,” The Heartlander, October 20, 2011.

  7. David Suzuki's Five Kids,” No Frakking Consensus, October 13, 2010.

  8. The Smoke and Mirrors of Laframboise’s attack on David Suzuki,” New Anthropocene, October 18, 2010.

  9. Help Audit the UN Climate Report - Crowdsourcing Project,” No Frakking Consensus (nofrakkingconsensus.blogspot.com), March 8, 2010.

  10. Citizens Audit the UN's Climate Report,” NOconsensus.org. Accessed April, 2012.

  11. Citizen Audit Main Findings,” NOconensus.org, April 14, 2010.

  12. Hypocrisy: The endless tool of misinformation,” New Anthropocene, September 1, 2010.

  13. Extreme Nonsense,” No Frakking Consensus, August 27, 2010.

  14. “Future Generations: Climate Victims or High-Tech Geniuses?,” NOconsensus.org. Accessed April, 2012.

  15. Donna Laframbgoise. “More Dodgy Citations in the Nobel-Winning IPCC Report,” (policy document) The Heartland Institute, January 23, 2010. Archived with Webcite, April 9, 2012.

  16. “8th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-8): V International Conference on Climate and Energy (ICCE-5). Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, November 30 – December 1, 2012” (PDF) retrieved from eike-klima-energy.eu on November 24, 2012.

  17. Donna Laframboise's Blind Spot… and the Manhattan Project,” Watt's Up With That Watts?, January 24, 2013.

  18. (2) D.Laframboise's Blind Spot… a peek at noconsensus.org,” Watt's Up With That Watts, February 3, 2013.

  19. Donna Laframboise,” Wikipedia Entry.

  20. Donna Laframboise,” SourceWatch.

  21. Dutch review of the 4th IPCC report gets the thumbs up,” New Anthropocene, July 6, 2010.

  22. Donna Laframboise, the time traveller: paper of '69!”, New Anthropocene, July 13, 2010.

  23. donna laframboise and cloud screaming,” New Anthropocene.

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