Thu, 2006-08-17 10:11Kevin Grandia
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Hoover Institute and the art of slander

You know you're winning the PR battle when your adversary switches from attacking the message to attacking the messenger. Here's an example that also includes the common spin tactic of cherypicking: removing information from its context in an attempt to mislead. 

In a recent USA Today opinion piecePeter Schweizer, (a “Senior Fellow” at the oil money-laden Hoover Institute) tries to undermine Al Gore's efforts to enhance public education on climate change. Specifically, Schweizer pattacks Gore's personal committment to the reduction of green house gas - fair game as long as the accusation is accurate.

But Gore staff members criticize Schweizer's claims as either misleading or outright falsehoods.

For example:

Thu, 2006-08-17 06:57Richard Littlemore
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Solutions: Yes to Conservation; No to Freezing in the Dark

Here's a Reuters wrap-up of easy-to-implement ways for individuals to address climate change.

Some of these suggestions have that self-righteous, anti-comfort tone that is, frankly, counterproductive in the battle to get people to take action. For example, the European Commission urges that we should all turn down the thermostat; why not suggest instead that we all go out and buy really stylish sweaters in a warm, comfortable, renewable fabric?

Still, there are good ideas here, and everything that doesn't hurt helps.

Thu, 2006-08-17 05:33Richard Littlemore
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A Climate Change Ostrich Argues for Inaction

Donald  J. Boudreaux , chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., says, “It's a perfectly legitimate stance for truly reasonable people to conclude that the best policy regarding global warming is to neglect it - and let capitalism continue to make us healthier and wealthier.”

Actually, no. There is nothing legitimate or reasonable about this position, and it's a continuing problem that mainstream media outlets keep buying this bunkum on the basis that the writer has a PhD in a field unrelated to climate change (or to common sense, apparently).

Wed, 2006-08-16 12:08Kevin Grandia
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Behavioral evolution of polar bears due to climate change

It seems there is now unequivocal evidence that behavior in polar bears is evolving due to environmental changes caused by global warming.
Wed, 2006-08-16 11:14Richard Littlemore
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New Research Links Hurricanes to Climate Change

James Elsner, director of the Hurricane Center at Florida State University, says he has evidence that global warming is to blame for the gathering intensity of hurricanes, in this MCNBC story.

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