A soon-to-be-released UN report says runaway economic growth has pushed greenhouse-gas emissions to dangerous levels much faster than previously estimated, and instead of reaching the threshold within a decade, new research indicates it was actually crossed two years ago. The findings will highlight the perils of giving economic growth priority over efforts to curtail global warming.
Here's a surprising follow-up to the story (below) about PR giant Hill and Knowlton starting an Astroturf group to fight against increased Alberta oil royalties. The site itself, GetItRightAlberta.ca, is now carrying the Edmonton Journal story that originally revealed GetItRight's oily connections.
Either H&K's high-end internet help set up an automatic system to upload any news with GetItRight in the copy (kind of embarrassing) or H&K is beyond embarrassment (more likely). There will no doubt be an argument to follow that (nearly) full disclosure argues that the group is a legitimate “grassroots” organization.
Wrongo, guys. Full disclosure means owning up to who's paying the bills. Anything short of that and we have to continue to assume that this is a corporate play for undeserved “public” legitimacy.
The tireless climate science fraud Dr. Tim Ball has run snarling from a challenge to place a small wager in support of his claims that the global average temperature will fall, rather than rise, in the next 20 years. Faced with a request that he put his money where his mouth is, Ball called the exercise “cheap, tawdry and useless,” and said, “I don't bet on anything, it has nothing to do with science.”
Of course, his climate change pronouncements have nothing to do with science, either, but that doesn't slow him down.
GetItRightAlberta.ca advertises itself as a coalition of “concerned Albertans, including private citizens, small oil and gas companies and members of the investment community.” But Dave Cournoyer at DaveBerta.ca, has turned up the true origin of this fake grassroots organization. (Nice one, Dave.)
Ever wonder who the big lobbyists in Ottawa are?
Surprisingly, the Government of Canada keeps an up-to-date and well-indexed database of current and past lobbyists to the federal government.
You can check it out here, it is searchable by name, company and subject.