Thu, 2006-06-29 03:42Ross Gelbspan
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Skeptics Blame it All On The Pols! More than 2,000 Scientists Must Feel Slighted!

Strange how Al Gore and Bill Clinton are blamed for scientific forecasts.  The skeptics have to twist themselves out of shape to ignore the findings of more than 2,000 scientists from 100 countries who have agreed since 1995 that weather extremes are the first marker of early-stage global warming!

Wed, 2006-06-28 12:20Richard Littlemore
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CEI Acknowledges Climate Change, Still Dissembles

A tortured post by Ian Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute concludes that “The Kyoto Protocol, which (Al) Gore enthusiastically supports, would avert less than a tenth of a degree of warming in the next fifty years.”

I take from this:

1. That the CEI acknowledges warming is occurring.

Wed, 2006-06-28 09:46Jim Hoggan
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No apology is owed Dr. S. Fred Singer, and none will be forthcoming

On Sunday, June 18, the DeSmogBlog received an email from Dr. S. Fred Singer, in which he says, “Yr (sic) June 16 blog contains the false statement that I sold my services to tobacco lobbyists.”

Dr. Singer goes on to “demand a full retraction and apology from the blog,” and he asks that we publish the following statement: “Dr. Singer and SEPP (Science & Environmental Policy Project) have no connection whatsoever with the tobacco industry, now or in the past. As a matter of policy, SEPP does not solicit funds or other kinds of support from any industry or from government, but relies on tax-deductible donations from foundations and individuals in many countries. Further, Dr. Singer serves on the Advisory Board of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), an organization that has a strong anti-smoking position.”

We have no comment on the ACSH, but Dr. Singer’s main point – that he has “no connection whatsoever with the tobacco industry, now or in the past” – strains credulity.

Wed, 2006-06-28 05:30Kevin Grandia
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Teachers be warned: Tim Ball wants your kids!

Now if the media circus wasn’t enough, the right-wing Canadian think-tank Frontier Centre for Public Policy is now selling a resource for teachers based on the scientific wisdom of Dr. “CFCs were never a problem” Ball, chief spokesman for the Alberta-based Friends of Science. 

The production date is 2004, so for many this might not be a new story, but the DeSmogBlog team believes it is never to late to draw attention to some of the PR propaganda that is floating around out there.

We are wondering if any teachers are actually showing this in Canadian schools, if any of our faithful readers know, we would love to hear about it. Might be a cool DeSmogBlog t-shirt or something in it for some good information.

More to come…
Tue, 2006-06-27 07:40Kevin Grandia
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Who are we to believe? Gore or Heartland Institute?

Joseph Bast, president of the Heartland Institute, wrote an opinion piece that appeared in today’s Philadelphia Daily News, asking readers whom they would believe, Al Gore or scientists.

It is interesting to observe that the cadre of scientists Bast refers to as proof that Gore is wrong seems to be getting smaller and their collective expertise in the area of climate change continues to diminish as more and more jump off the climate denial bandwagon. For instance, Bast claims Tim Ball, former professor at the University of Winnipeg, to be an “expert” on climate change, when in fact Dr. Ball has not published any research in a peer-reviewed science journal in the last 20 years.

All this becomes even more questionable when you question the source of this article, Joseph Bast himself.

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