Wed, 2006-07-26 07:11Richard Littlemore
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Senator Jim Inhofe: Some Reich; Some Propagandist

“Those who are familiar with Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) know he is aSen. Jim Inhofe straight shooter who speaks his mind,” says the liberal-media bashing NewsBusters.org blog. And the contents of his mind are, to some degree, evident in his 2003 claim on the floor of the U.S. Congress that global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”

Tue, 2006-07-25 14:32Richard Littlemore
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Harper's Canada and Howard's Australia Following Same Path

British investors “have recognized the emergence of Canada's globalPM's Harper and Howard energy powerhouse. Or as we put it, the emerging energy superpower our government intends to build.” – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in London, speaking to a British business audience on July 15, 2006

“As an efficient, reliable supplier, Australia has a massive opportunity to increase its share of global energy trade - with the right policies, we have the makings of an energy superpower.“  – Australian Prime Minister John Howard, in Sydney, speaking to an Australian economics forum, on July 17, 2006

Tue, 2006-07-25 11:32Jim Hoggan
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When "Balanced" Journalism is Anything But Balanced

Here's a marvellous attack on climate change science, scientists and media types who might take those scientists seriously. It's also a perfect example of a PR tactic that is being used to pervert the climate change conversation.

The writer, one Dick Little, complains that in a recent Discovery Channel feature on climate change, host Tom Brokaw failed to present the contrarian case. Little says, “… the fact is the program did not show anyone with proper scientific credentials to express an opposing viewpoint. That's not balance. That's propaganda.”

Tue, 2006-07-25 11:15Kevin Grandia
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Busted: Climate change skeptic Ibbetson accused of misinformation

Climate change skeptic and former Kansas police chief, Paul Ibbetson, has been outed for spreading misinformation, by the American Geophysical Union, whose research he used in a recent opinion piece he penned.

The article, Behind the Curtain: revisiting global warming and the war on terror, which appeared on several websites yesterday, stated that:
Tue, 2006-07-25 03:00Sarah Pullman
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The DeSmogBlog is CanadaChanging

Be sure to head over to WorldChanging.com this week – they've got a whole “CanadaChanging” series going on, and it's full of interesting stuff.

Most interesting, of course, if we may toot our own horn, is the piece about what we're up to here at the DeSmogBlog.
The only answer, the DeSmog team decided, is to go after the credibility of those attempting to create confusion around climate change, something they have done with relish and great effect, doing investigations into the backgrounds of prominent skeptics, pointing out how often they are in the employ of industry, or lack climate credentials, or are known extremists ideologically (“some of these guys are very… unusual people, so to say”), and then sharing that information with the media through outreach and Google-bombing campaigns. They've been doing an increasingly effective job of destroying the credibility of denialists, helping to defang what may be one of the most morally criminal PR campaigns in world history.

We've got an audio interview to go with this piece – the actual conversation between Alex Steffen (editor of WorldChanging) and Jim Hoggan, which will be posted here shortly. I'll update this post when I've got the link!

In the meantime, enjoy… and don't forget to check out the rest of their great coverage at WorldChanging. They've got a veritable treasure trove of stuff about climate change for your reading enjoyment, along with many other issues too.

UPDATE: The audio file can be found here.

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