Mon, 2006-07-31 09:54Richard Littlemore
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National Post Columnist Joins Anti-Blog Crusade

If I may be permitted an aside that is about blogging in general, rather than climate change in particular:

It's not clear where exactly newspapers sit on the endangered species list, but as their circulation numbers dwindle and their influence wanes, it becomes more and more common for their footsoldiers to lash out at the forces that will ultimately replace them entirely.

There is an example today in the National Post, a publication in more imminent danger of extinction than most. Commentator Adam Radwanski condemns the blogworld as somehow more narrowminded than conventional journalism, and he declares: “A newspaper can be liberal or conservative in its editorial stance, but there simply aren't enough ideologues in any given city for it to be sustainable as a one-sided pamphlet.”

Mon, 2006-07-31 09:16Richard Littlemore
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TorSun Finally Discovers Crichton; and Both Are Still Wrong

A despairing reader of the Toronto Sun (is there any other kind?) brought our attention to a column by John Downing, who has stumbled upon Michael Crichton's pseudo-scientific novel State of Fear.

If you're looking for a serious scientific review of Crichton's fiction, follow this link and click on the attachment. For a slightly more light-hearted - but still very credible - view on Crichton's disinformation, check here and follow the link to realclimate.org.

Mon, 2006-07-31 09:00Jim Hoggan
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ExxonSecrets and the Slick 60 Climate Change Denial Gang

DeSmogBlog reader Patrick Arnell very kindly spent a great deal of time connecting 20 of the more infamous signatories to Canadian climate change denial petition to the institutes and funding agencies that pay for their opinions. The resulting map is available here. Just “skip intro” and you'll be taken to the map, which shows pretty clearly what a complex web we're dealing with!

Thanks to Patrick and, as always, to Exxonsecrets.org for this excellent resource.

Fri, 2006-07-28 12:19Richard Littlemore
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Congressional Committee for Waste, Fraud and Abuse: Joe Barton, Chair

The Congresional Committee on Energy and Commerce has been entertaining itself of late with the “debate” on climate change science, and particularly with a “controversy” about the vitality of Michael Mann's hockey stick - an argument that is as irrelevant as it is out of date.

This becomes relevant, though, when you realize that the committee in question is also home to the Tipline, a whistleblower's outlet for reports of “Waste, Fraud and Abuse.”

May we suggest the Committee's own shenanigans as an obvious example: It is wasting its own time and taxpayers' money; it is promoting a view of climate science that is fully fraudulent; and its members, beginning most assuredly with Chair Joe Barton, are abusing their political power in the process.

So, feel free to click on the Tipline link and report Congressman Barton to himself. It's clear that he and his Republican colleagues are desperate for something useful to do.

Fri, 2006-07-28 11:38Richard Littlemore
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Exxon Posts Explanation for Climate Dissembling

For anyone who is not clear why it would be in the interests of the energy industry to deny the accuracy of climate change science - or to delay any action to reduce the use of fossil fuels - this might be a clue. Collecting profits at the rate of $10 billion a quarter, Exxon executives clearly believe they will be able to afford to make whatever adaptations are necessary to live comfortably - however much he climate might change.

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