Wed, 2008-01-30 21:52Emily Murgatroyd
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Last Day of Voting for the Canadian Blog Awards

This is your last chance to vote for DeSmogBlog in the Canadian Blog Awards.  

The polls will close at the end of day January, 31st.

If you haven't voted here are the categories we've been nominated in:

Best Group Blog

Best Blogosphere Citizen

If you have voted, thanks so much (we hope you voted for us!).

Wed, 2008-01-30 14:30Richard Littlemore
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Canadian Government Sacks Science Advisor

Mainstream Media Ignore the Story


The Canadian government is closing the Office of the National Science Advisor (ONSA) and sacking its principal, Dr. Arthur Carty, a move that has garnered virtually no attention from the mainstream press.

The Harper government's hostility to science seems to match that of the Bush administration, at least. Canada has been boldly out of step internationally on climate policy and Harper's Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn recently fired the head of Canada's Nuclear Safety Commission because she had refused to let political and commercial considerations trump safety concerns.

Wed, 2008-01-30 13:05Ross Gelbspan
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Is 2008 the Year Climate Change Becomes a Global Growth Industry?

In about 4 hours, the temperatures in the midwestern US dropped about 50 degrees. Further south, wildfires prompted a state of emergency in Texas. At the same time, China deployed 500,000 troops to rescue people from one of the worst winter storms on record, while a blizzard roared through parts of the Middle East, closing schools and blanketing parts of the Holy Land.

Wed, 2008-01-30 10:57Kevin Grandia
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Cheap "Clean Coal" Myth Takes Hit From US Department of Energy

It seems that come hell or high water, the coal industry will do about anything to convince us that “clean coal” technology is an affordable energy solution.

They're even willing to burn hundreds of millions of US taxpayers dollars to convince us.

Today, the US Department of Energy announced it will pull out of a $1.8 billion “clean coal” demonstration project called FutureGen.

Tue, 2008-01-29 09:47Richard Littlemore
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Self-abuse in the Daily Press

It's a mystery why mainstream newspapers continue to believe that printing passionately ill-informed self criticism (especially on the topic of global warming) is part of their responsibility to readers.

Take this First Person column from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for example. The thrust of the piece is basically this: “Man-caused global warming isn't scientific fact; it's an article of faith for the left - the stuff of belief.” And the author's stated purpose is to encourage “intelligent public debate between qualified people of opposing views.”

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