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 ThinkProgress.org. Here's a piece from EarthTimes.org. 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.

Fri, 2006-07-28 06:51Ross Gelbspan
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Liberals Charge Harper with Censorship, Shutting Down Climate Website

Canadian liberals have charged Prime Minister Harper with following the lead of U.S. climate skeptics by censoring researchers and shutting down the government's main climate-information website.  They charge Harper's “Made in Canada” climate policy is a sham designed to cover up what they call an “Orwellian” campaign to suppress the truth about climate change.  Harper's actions follow by about a month a meeting with Frank Luntz, the American spin srategist who counseled President Bush to “keep the public confusted” about the state of climate science.
Thu, 2006-07-27 09:16Ross Gelbspan
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"Vampire Memo" Reveals Coal Industry Plan for Massive Propaganda Blitz

Big coal – in the form of the National Rural Electric Association, Koch Industries, American Electric Power, the Southern Company, the National Association of Manufacturers and others are planning a major blitz against efforts to fight global warming.

The plan is a retread of a similar campaign launched in the early 1990s by coal interests. The latest version is spelled out in what is dubbed a “Vampire Memo” because it resurrects an earlier campaign which was discredited and abandoned in the mid 1990s. You can download the memo here.

The “Vampire Memo” from the Intermountain Rural Electric Association
Thu, 2006-07-27 08:54Kevin Grandia
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Leaked memo claims that GM, Ford financed pro-CO2 ad campaign

A leaked coal industry memo claims that General Motors and Ford are behind a controversial climate change-denial adBusted campaign currently being run by the the libertarian lobby group the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

(Both Ford and GM now deny this claim – see the comment string that follows.)

The DeSmogBlog team has received a copy of a leaked July 17, 2006 memo written by Stanley Lewandowski, General Manager of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA). The memo states: 

“The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has been running two ads in ten states that were financed by General Motors and Ford Motor Company.”

Thu, 2006-07-27 05:59Ross Gelbspan
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Researcher Slams Skeptics' Distortions in New York Times Op-Ed

“Our results have been misused as 'evidence' against global warming by Michael Crichton … and by Ann Coulter… In the meantime, I would like to remove my name from the list of scientists who dispute global warming. I know my coauthors would as well.” – Peter Doran, Op-Ed Page, New York Times, July 27, 2006

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