Mon, 2006-07-31 09:16Richard Littlemore
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TorSun Finally Discovers Crichton; and Both Are Still Wrong

A despairing reader of the Toronto Sun (is there any other kind?) brought our attention to a column by John Downing, who has stumbled upon Michael Crichton's pseudo-scientific novel State of Fear.

If you're looking for a serious scientific review of Crichton's fiction, follow this link and click on the attachment. For a slightly more light-hearted - but still very credible - view on Crichton's disinformation, check here and follow the link to

Mon, 2006-07-31 09:00Jim Hoggan
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ExxonSecrets and the Slick 60 Climate Change Denial Gang

DeSmogBlog reader Patrick Arnell very kindly spent a great deal of time connecting 20 of the more infamous signatories to Canadian climate change denial petition to the institutes and funding agencies that pay for their opinions. The resulting map is available here. Just “skip intro” and you'll be taken to the map, which shows pretty clearly what a complex web we're dealing with!

Thanks to Patrick and, as always, to for this excellent resource.

Fri, 2006-07-28 12:19Richard Littlemore
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Congressional Committee for Waste, Fraud and Abuse: Joe Barton, Chair

The Congresional Committee on Energy and Commerce has been entertaining itself of late with the “debate” on climate change science, and particularly with a “controversy” about the vitality of Michael Mann's hockey stick - an argument that is as irrelevant as it is out of date.

This becomes relevant, though, when you realize that the committee in question is also home to the Tipline, a whistleblower's outlet for reports of “Waste, Fraud and Abuse.”

May we suggest the Committee's own shenanigans as an obvious example: It is wasting its own time and taxpayers' money; it is promoting a view of climate science that is fully fraudulent; and its members, beginning most assuredly with Chair Joe Barton, are abusing their political power in the process.

So, feel free to click on the Tipline link and report Congressman Barton to himself. It's clear that he and his Republican colleagues are desperate for something useful to do.

Fri, 2006-07-28 11:38Richard Littlemore
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Exxon Posts Explanation for Climate Dissembling

For anyone who is not clear why it would be in the interests of the energy industry to deny the accuracy of climate change science - or to delay any action to reduce the use of fossil fuels - this might be a clue. Collecting profits at the rate of $10 billion a quarter, Exxon executives clearly believe they will be able to afford to make whatever adaptations are necessary to live comfortably - however much he climate might change.

Fri, 2006-07-28 08:54Richard Littlemore
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A Few WWW Views on Coal Burners Buying Up Science Skeptics

The leaked memo we reported yesterday has garnered some interesting attention on the net. Here's a link to the ABC story by Clayton Sandell and Bill Blakemore, who deserve credit for digging out the memo. Here's the Associated Press view. Here's the New York Times. Here's Here's a piece from Here's Wired News. And here's a dandy little editorial in the Appleton, Wisconsin Post Crescent, the lead from which reads:

When you can't find anyone willing to take your side in a fight on principle, the next best thing is buying their fealty. That's what Stanley Lewandowski's doing.

Read more on Stanley.


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