Wed, 2006-06-07 12:54Kevin Grandia
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Jim Hoggan Starring on PlanetSave.com

Check out Jim's editorial piece posted by our friends in Maine at  Planetsave.com.  Thanks for helping us get the word out on the spin marring the debate on climate change!
Wed, 2006-06-07 11:16Jim Hoggan
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Inhofe's Congressional Spinmeister Takes to the Air

U.S. Environment and Public Works staff director Andrew Wheeler takes to the airwaves to defend the position of his boss, EPC Committee Chair Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.). Anyone who is subject to vertigo in the face of quickly changing reality should take a Gravol before reading or watching this link.
Wed, 2006-06-07 11:14Kevin Grandia
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Dr. Tim Ball On CFC's and the Sponsorship Scandal

CLICK HERE FOR AN UPDATED BIO OF TIM BALL (FEB.05, 2007)

Upon closer review of the recent Ottawa Citizen editorial board with the infamous climate change denier Dr. Tim Ball, we here at the DeSmogBlog Team have uncovered even further evidence about how outrageous Dr. Ball actually is.

In the PR world we call it staying on message, listen to this interview if you are interested in how not to do an interview. We here at the DeSmogBlog Team appreciate the PR practitioner providing Dr. Ball with the bad advice.

Wed, 2006-06-07 07:38Richard Littlemore
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Skeptics Conference: An Ideological Battleground

Now that the dust has settled over the Skeptics Society conference, the Environmental Wars, it's easy to see it as a microcosmic skirmish in the ideological war that is subsuming the U.S.(and increasingly the Canadian) debate about climate change.

We at the DeSmogBlog are guilty of sometimes oversimplifying this debate by suggesting that it is occurring between the most accomplished climate scientists in the world (as exemplified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and a band of self-interested dissemblers who will do anything to defend the profitable status quo (as exemplified by ExxonMobile and Peabody Energy).

Wed, 2006-06-07 07:00Richard Littlemore
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Other Bloggers on Skeptic Society Conference

Hats off to Jonathan Adler for his blogging of the Skeptics Conference. His fairly instant record of the event is exhaustive, accurate and (parenthetical comments excepted) evenhanded.

My favourite of his 13 posts is the one on Gregory Arnold's presentation on market trading mechanisms. Here you have the libertarian Adler struggling to find relevant criticism of a free market fellow traveller. Arnold, after all, is trying to figure out how to make money on emission traditing - how to make a profit saving the world. But Adler notices that the market has an inevitable government component (as all well-regulated markets do) and he can't stand the notion. He concludes: “…where it is impossible to create actual property rights in environmental resources (because you can't let the market work where you don't have property rights upon which the market is based) tradable credit systems may make sense. But for me, this approach is never more than a second-best solution.” He doesn't propose a “first-best” solution.

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