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with a “controversy” about the vitality of Michael Mann's hockey stick - an argument that is as irrelevant as it is out of date.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.

Fri, 2006-07-28 08:54Richard Littlemore
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A Few WWW Views on Coal Burners Buying Up Science Skeptics

The leaked memo we reported yesterday has garnered some interesting attention on the net. Here's a link to the ABC story by Clayton Sandell and Bill Blakemore, who deserve credit for digging out the memo. Here's the Associated Press view. Here's the New York Times. Here's ThinkProgress.org. Here's a piece from EarthTimes.org. Here's Wired News. And here's a dandy little editorial in the Appleton, Wisconsin Post Crescent, the lead from which reads:

When you can't find anyone willing to take your side in a fight on principle, the next best thing is buying their fealty. That's what Stanley Lewandowski's doing.

Read more on Stanley.

Fri, 2006-07-28 06:51Ross Gelbspan
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Liberals Charge Harper with Censorship, Shutting Down Climate Website

Canadian liberals have charged Prime Minister Harper with following the lead of U.S. climate skeptics by censoring researchers and shutting down the government's main climate-information website.  They charge Harper's “Made in Canada” climate policy is a sham designed to cover up what they call an “Orwellian” campaign to suppress the truth about climate change.  Harper's actions follow by about a month a meeting with Frank Luntz, the American spin srategist who counseled President Bush to “keep the public confusted” about the state of climate science.
Thu, 2006-07-27 09:16Ross Gelbspan
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"Vampire Memo" Reveals Coal Industry Plan for Massive Propaganda Blitz

Big coal – in the form of the National Rural Electric Association, Koch Industries, American Electric Power, the Southern Company, the National Association of Manufacturers and others are planning a major blitz against efforts to fight global warming.

The plan is a retread of a similar campaign launched in the early 1990s by coal interests. The latest version is spelled out in what is dubbed a “Vampire Memo” because it resurrects an earlier campaign which was discredited and abandoned in the mid 1990s. You can download the memo here.

The “Vampire Memo” from the Intermountain Rural Electric Association

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