Wed, 2006-10-11 16:31Sarah Pullman
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Stauber's New Book

We have met the enemy—and it's our own PR machine.
You may remember that we recently posted an interview with John Stauber, founder of the Center for Media and  Democracy and author of Toxic Sludge is Good for You. Well, fans of his work – and of SourceWatch and PRWatch – will be interested to know that he recently published a new book. The Best War Ever is a look at the US involvement in Iraq, and what the Bush administration's reliance on spin has to do with it.
Wed, 2006-10-11 12:37Richard Littlemore
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John Ibbitson, Who May or May Not Have a Clue

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's principal apologist in the national media, the Globe and Mail columnist John Ibbitson, had a little hissy today about the vacuous nature of the federal government's impending Clean Air Act. It seemed, for a moment, that he was actually going to criticize the Harper government - not quite a first, but a rarity.
Wed, 2006-10-11 12:16Richard Littlemore
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Canadian Environment Minister Bungles Carbon Credit Issue

Enviro Min. Rona AmbroseIt's always good politics to blame your predecessors in government for their mistakes, but Conservative Environment Minister Rona Ambrose is finding that tactic can be risky when you get caught making the mistakes up.

Wed, 2006-10-11 10:08Richard Littlemore
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Tim Ball: Finding New Ways to Fudge His Credentials

In a September 26, 2006 letter to the Royal Society, Dr. Tim Ball, the leading signatory, identifies himself as “Professor of Climatology, University of Winnipeg.”

Not quite. From 1988 until his retirement in 1996, Dr. Ball was a Professor of Geography at that university. He has not, since, had any official position at U of W or at any university. So, he is not now a Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg and, arguably, never was.
Wed, 2006-10-11 09:22Ross Gelbspan
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Harper Follows Bush In Adopting Sham Emissions Measurement

When  Prime Minister Harper announced he will adopt an “intensity based” system for measuring greenhouse emissions, he was following the lead of President George W. Bush in using “greenhouse intensity” as a bogus way to measure carbon emissions.  The “intensity based” system would do nothing to cut emissions – only marginally slow their growth. Moreover, as a “voluntary” mechanism, they would attract few, if any, serious polluters. “Intensity based” is merely a new form of jargon for “business as usual” while the world burns.  


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