Thu, 2006-08-31 11:37Kevin Grandia
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The fanciful world of the "Friends of Science"

There is no doubt that science would be made easier by throwing out the concept of 'peer review.' I am sure many scientists curse from time to time the rigorous questioning of their peers, the need to re-visit completed work and the possibility that years of research may be for naught based on the scrutiny of their colleagues.

That being said, the peer-review process of science plays an extremely important role in ensuring that conclusions drawn by research are in fact sound before being touted in the scientific community. Without peer review, science could easily fall into the category of opinion.

The Friends of Science, a Calgary-based cadre of climate skeptics who we have reported extensively on, delivered a statement today in the National Post via their appointed spokesperson, Albert F. Jacobs. This letter serves as a great example of the fantasy world the FOS promotes when it comes the concepts of science and peer-review.

Thu, 2006-08-31 09:49Richard Littlemore
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Terence Corcoran "Sincerely Sorry" for his Sloppiness

Like a child apologizing through his teeth, Financial Post Editor Terence Corcoran offers an apology today that is anything but contrite.

Most obviously, Corcoran backed off several actionable errors that he had earlier inflicted upon Globe and Mail writer Charles Montgomery and University of Victoria Prof. Andrew Weaver. But when it came, for example, to acknowledging that Montgomery was correct in describing how a University of Calgary political scientist helped launder oil money for the climate-change denying Friends of Science, Corcoran immediately twisted himself into another denial. Corcoran writes:

Wed, 2006-08-30 16:34Richard Littlemore
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Tim Ball: Wilful Disregard for the Truth

The events of the last few weeks have inspired us to go back to the podcast of Dr. Tim Ball's meeting with the Ottawa Citizen editorial board.

Dr. Ball began by complaining about ad hominem attacks on him and his fellow climate change deniers, even to the extent of suggesting that the very word “denial” was intended to invoke images of the Holocaust.

(For the record - for the DeSmogBlog - you can be “skeptical” of something that is seriously in debate…

Wed, 2006-08-30 12:15Jim Hoggan
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Schwarzenegger: the Debate on Climate Change is over

ABC's Bill Blakemore leaves no question where Cali. Governor Schwarzenegger stands on the science behind climate change:

“I say the [global warming] debate is over. We know the science,” California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared forcefully at a recent United Nations summit. “We see the threat, and we know the time for action is now.”


And if you don't believe Arnie, check out these factoids:
Wed, 2006-08-30 11:30Kevin Grandia
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Malaysia announces $25 million for solar technology

Good to see this large oil exporter investing big in renewable energy. An investment such as this not only recognizes the harmful effects of fossil fuel consumption, but according to this story it also makes economic sense. To quote:

“Ahmad Hadri Haris, project leader for the photovoltaic or solar energy sector in Malaysia said it was the fastest-growing energy source in the world with expansion of 25-30 percent over the last 15 years.”
And it seems many people around the world agree with Ahmad, see here, here and here for examples. 

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