Mon, 2006-08-14 10:26Richard Littlemore
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Smug Canada Stumbles on Climate Change

Canadians' comfortable impression about the country's environmental performance took another hit today with the release of a survey showing that Canada ranks 17th among the world's 21 richest nations.

Canada's greenhouse gas production (and it's failure to propose any workable policies to reduce that production were among the major factors blamed for the low standing.

Canada produces 23.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per person per year, where the average among the riches countries was only 14 tonnes.

Mon, 2006-08-14 08:49Kevin Grandia
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And the letters pour in....

The Globe and Mail printed 3 letters of follow-up on the Friends of Science knock-out piece from the weekend found here and here. They are in the “insider edition” section for subscribers only, but here is a summary of them from the free section:

Flat Earth society
By PAUL THIESSEN
Monday, August 14, 2006, Page A14

Vancouver – In the 15th century, Tim Ball would probably have been criss-crossing the country eloquently opposing the heliocentric theory of our universe, or in an even earlier era, making impassioned speeches claiming that the Earth is flat.
Sat, 2006-08-12 15:13Richard Littlemore
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Calgary Foundation, University of Calgary Launder Oil Industry Donations

A report in the Globe and Mail (Canada's reputable national newspaper), reports today on the slick funnelling of oil industry money into an astroturf campaign to attack climate change science


(note: the story only appeared in the Globe's print edition, but an online copy is available at the author's own website here).

The following excerpt explains how (the group is question is called the Friends of Science and “Mr. Jacobs” is a retired oil-explorations manager who is one of the group's founders).

Sat, 2006-08-12 06:25Richard Littlemore
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Conservative Party Heavyweight Orchestrated Oil-backed Friends of Science

The DeSmogBlog has reported in the past the cozy connections between theBarry Cooper Friends of Science and Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party. Now it appears that the pivotal person is also involved in trying to cover up the funding that he arranged for FOS’s operations.

Charles Montgomery reported in the Globe and Mail today that University of Calgary Political Science Professor Dr. Barry Cooper played a lead role in wiping oil money clean through the University of Calgary and then passing it onto the “grassroots” Friends of Science.
Sat, 2006-08-12 06:13Jim Hoggan
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Oil Companies Funding Friends of Science, Tim Ball takes the brunt

A Globe and Mail feature article by Charles Montgomery today  has delivered what should be a death blow for the climate change denial and anti-Kyoto attack group, the Friends of Science.

The G&M says that FOS has taken undisclosed sums from Alberta oil and gas interests. The money was funneled through the Calgary Foundation, to the University of Calgary and on to the FOS though something called the “Science Education Fund.”

All this appears to be orchestrated by Stephen Harper’s long-time political confidante and fishing buddy, U. Calgary Prof Dr. Barry Cooper. It seems the FOS has taken a page right out of the US climate change attack group’s playbook: funnel money through foundations and third party groups to “wipe the oil” off the dollars they receive.

This comes as no surprise considering the FOS has been linked to some of the most notorious oil money-backed scientists in the US, including Drs. S. Fred Singer, Sallie Baliunas, Sherwood Idso, Willie Soon, Robert C. Balling and Pat Michaels.

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