Mon, 2006-09-25 09:58Richard Littlemore
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Disappointing Vancouver Sun Making Policy in a Vacuum

Here's a 3,200-word article on the explosive growth that is occurring in the Canadian energy industry, a wide-ranging and well-researched article that falls far short in addressing the implications of that expansion.

For example, the words “climate change” or “global warming” are entirely absent. The only references to such a topic are these:

“Amid the turmoil there is a deepening anxiety about the cumulative impact that a century's worth of high-intensity fossil fuel combustion - the consumption of oil, natural gas and coal for energy - is having on the Earth's climate.”

Mon, 2006-09-25 07:45Richard Littlemore
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Another Noble Journalistic Attempt at Balance

Here's quite a good Denver Post piece that tries to find the journalistic middle ground, with three scientists (Bill Gray, Roger Pielke and Chris Landsea) arguing against the climate change consensus and four (Kevin Trenberth, James Hansen, Christopher Essex and Chris Folland) arguing that it is.

The reporter did a good job canvassing some of the complications of climate change science and gave the last word to the consensus:
Mon, 2006-09-25 07:06Richard Littlemore
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Another Murdoch Comes Over to the Light Side

James MurdochJames Murdoch, son of Rupert and chief executive of the UK media giant BSkyB, sticks his corporate neck out with  this piece, making some good points about climate change and sparking some considerably emotional response (eg., “Why is a monster like Murdoch Jr. writing in the Guardian?).

It shows, first of all, how manageable climate change could be if everyone got on board and started celebrating what Murdoch calls “small victory upon small victory.”

It also shows how loyal we purportedly civilized humans are to our “teams” - how determined we are to stake out ground with a certain number of like-minded individuals and criticize everyone else.

It happens on the right, as ideologues who don't really know much about climate change deny that it's happening - in part because their antipathy to people like David Suzuki prevents them from seeing an evident truth. And it happens on the left, when a stray good word by (or about) someone in the corporate community condemns the speaker to a vitriolic attack for hypocrisy, naivety or both.
Sat, 2006-09-23 06:50Richard Littlemore
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Bring it on, Dr. S. Fred Singer

There seems to be a chilly pattern developing, with climate change deniers suing, or threatening to sue, when someone questions their credentials (as in the case ofDr. Tim Ball) or their motivations (as in the case of Dr. S. Fred Singer).
For the record - and in specific response to the most recent demand for “redress” from Dr. Singer's lawyer (attached) - the DeSmogBlog is willing to stand accountable for anything that we have published. That includes apologizing quickly and sincerely when it can be demonstrated that we have made a mistake. Or not, when it cannot.
Fri, 2006-09-22 18:14Richard Littlemore
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Monbiot Raises the Challenge: What Are You Doing To Help?

I'd like to ponder this column by the Guardian's George Monbiot, but I have to jump in my wife's huge “mini”-van and go pick up our guests for the weekend.

That said, I'm looking forward to the “Solutions” section that Ross Gelbspan is going to add to this blog in the coming months. There is much we can do without resorting to hair shirts and self-flagelation. But, as Monbiot says, only when we stop lying to ourselves - and each other - about the nature and scope of the challenge.


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