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.

Tue, 2006-06-06 17:48Sarah Pullman
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Michael Shermer - Interview at the Skeptics Conference

Our third and last audio interview from the Environmental Wars Conference was with Michael Shermer, the host of the event and founder/editor of Skeptic Magazine.

Click here to listen
to a 6-minute conversation about the conference and its speakers. He makes the interesting point that although he has recently converted to the ranks of “believers” in climate change, he feels odd using that term, because he says that once the scientific evidence is in, it makes no more sense to say that you are “believe” in global warming than that you believe in gravity. It's just the way it is.

Someone should tell that to all the “skeptics” out there who try to spin it differently…

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