Fri, 2006-07-21 15:33Richard Littlemore
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Long-time Alberta Reformer, a Friends of Science Booster

Long-time Alberta Reformer, Morten Paulsen, who most recently acted as co-chair for the 2006 Alberta/Klein PC party, is also the registered lobbyist for the anti-Kyoto attack group, the Friends of Science (FOS). This apparently fits well with Paulsen’s other lobbying activities: he is also registered to represent ConocoPhillips Canada, the 3rd largest oil refiner and exploration company in the Canada.

Given how quick FOS members are to deny taking money from oil and gas interests, we must assume that Mr. Paulsen’s oily overlap is purely coincidental.

Fri, 2006-07-21 14:37Richard Littlemore
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More Bumpf on Balling

In response to the critic who complained about our characterization of Robert C. Balling as an energy industry apologist:

Said critic was unhappy that the SourceWatch entry on Balling didn't list a source for the information on who has been paying our skeptic-of-the-day. The source was probably our own Ross Gelbspan, who researched all this for his books, Boiling Point and The Heat is On.

Fri, 2006-07-21 12:05Ross Gelbspan
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White House Environmental Chief Launches Stealth Attack on Climate Science

James Connaughton, head of the White House Environmental Office (CEQ)James Connaughton told Congress:  “There’s a lot of agreement … on warming…We begin to get into issues [of disagreement] about the extent to which humans are a problem.”

Fri, 2006-07-21 10:50Kevin Grandia
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Comedians didn't work, bring in the Air Force!

Last week the we had comedians attempting to attack the overwhelmingF15 Eaglescientific consensus on climate change. Now this week we have a retired Air Force Sergeant boosting the fringe science of the small, but vocal skeptic community. No surprise though when you consider that more and more skeptics are jumping ship.
Fri, 2006-07-21 08:01Richard Littlemore
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A Hockey Stick that Can't Keep its Tip Up

A tartly critical new reader (see “Cherrypicking” here) complains that the DeSmogBlog has not immersed itself, on every possible occasion in theThe "Hockey Stick" graph “hockey stick” debate.

Our apologies. For those who are unfamiliar, the “hockey stick” defined the shape of an early graph by one of the world's most respected climate scientists, Dr. Michael Mann. The graph appeared to demonstrate a long-term spike in global warming that meant the 20th century was the warmest in more than a thousand years.

In a 2002 book (Taken By Storm), Christopher Essex and the economist Dr. Ross McKitrick took issue with Mann's statistical method, pointing out some matters of legitimate concern, and the climate change denial lobby grasped the now-flacid hockey stick and began shaking it hither and yon, arguing that if this one graph was flawed, all climate change science was similiarly shakey.


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