Mon, 2006-07-17 16:09Sarah Pullman
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Great Comment in the ContraCostaTimes

From deep in sunny California comes a guest editorial in the ContraCostaTimes. Edward D. Kukla Jr. has a few things to say about climate change and the question of whether there is a true scientific consensus about it.

Kulka is “a scientist and engineer with advanced degrees in biology and mathematics, and I currently engineer machines designed to measure the concentrations of atmospheric gases, including but not limited to: CO, CH, oxides of nitrogen and virtually every other greenhouse gas.”

His commentary is quick and concise, but the quick and dirty is as follows:

Since the overwhelming majority of climate scientists (greater than 99 percent) hold these as verified facts, then you should accept anthropogenic global warming as reasonable, logical, scientific fact.

Hear, hear.
Mon, 2006-07-17 13:07Kevin Grandia
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Manufacturer Association's legacy of spin

Pat Cleary VP Communications With the death of their PR industry front group, the Global Climate Coalition, the National Association of Manufacturer’s has taken it upon themselves under their own name to continue to propagate the PR spin confusing the public on the issue of climate change.

The most recent piece of misinformation by the MAS comes from thier head spin doctor Pat Cleary, the organization’s Vice President of Communications.

Here’s a brief history of the NAM’s attack on the science behind climate change provided by the good people at Sourcewatch:

Mon, 2006-07-17 10:25Kevin Grandia
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North America's heat wave: let the PR spin begin

It's getting hot out hereThe Globe & Mail, Canada's national newspaper, and many more across North America, is reporting today on the recent heat wave to hit most of the US and much of Canada.

The Globe reports:
The hot weather seems to be part of a longer-term trend of above-average temperatures. Last month, Environment Canada said this spring was the warmest Canada has experienced since modern nationwide record-keeping began in 1948. This followed a winter that was also the hottest on record. Except for the springs of 2002 and 2004, temperatures have remained above normal in Canada for the last nine years.
Fri, 2006-07-14 13:32Kevin Grandia
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New Spin Tactic? Forget scientists... let's use comedians!

Christian Science Monitor today employs a comedian to battle global warmingCSM logo science, with such insight as: “…we shouldn't worry about the distant future.”

I guess they figure the PR stall tactics aren't working anymore so they're going to humour us into inaction.
Fri, 2006-07-14 10:58Kevin Grandia
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When the Right spins Darwin there’s bound to be trouble

If intelligent design wasn’t strange enough, the right-wing is now looking to use Darwin and evolution to spin climate change. Charles Darwin

Thomas Brewton at the Conservative Voice has decided to make the illogical leap of faith (read: spin) between scientific predictions of mass flooding, intensified storm, wildfires and drought caused by global warming and the concept of catastrophism, defined as “… the doctrine that at intervals in the earth’s history all living things have been destroyed by cataclysms and replaced by an entirely different population.”


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