Full commenting re-opened on DeSmogBlog

Regular readers may have noticed a slow down in comments on DeSmogBlog over the last while. You may have also run into some difficulties logging into your account and publishing comments.

This was all due to some big upgrades in the functionality of our comment section that had to do mainly with shutting down the spam-bots that seem to enjoy visiting our site.

We have re-opened all commenting functions and if you were running into problems posting comments you shouldn’t now. If you find you’re still having problems send me an email at: [email protected].

We have also added a commenting policy to DeSmogBlog that will hopefully encourage a more meaningful conversation and avoid some of the massive flame wars that we’ve seen in the past. If you think we’ve missed anything in our comment policy please leave suggestions in a comment below or send me an email.

Harold Ambler's Huffington Post climate misinformation-ganza

A new Huffington Post blogger named Harold Ambler has posted an unoriginal rehashing of the same old global warming denial talking points that we’ve seen over and over again for close to a decade now.

What’s newsworthy here though is the venue.

Huffington Post has long been a place where this type of junk science has been debunked, not promoted.

This little coup has the climate skeptics all giddy and bloggers like Adam Siegel at Get Energy Now rightly ticked off:

Huffington Post published Harold Ambler’s Mr Gore: Apology Accepted which is notable in its breadth and audacity of disinformation, truthiness, and simply wrong-headedness. Literally books and hundreds (actually, thousands) of scientific studies and analyses have been written that provide the substance to prove Ambler’s words false. What is shameful, on top of this, is that this is not just the ‘false’ and misleading material, but its deceit in support of recklessly dangerous policy concepts that would hinder our ability to move forward to greater prosperity and a stronger American future.”

The question for me is:  who the heck is Harold Ambler?

Are we the first blog at the South Pole?

Two days before Christmas we reported that American explorer and DeSmogBlog writer Todd Carmichael had made it to the South Pole, making him the very first American ever to reach the South Pole solo and unaided.

And to top it off, Todd set a new time speed record!

I think Todd might have accomplished another world first by being the first person in history to ever market a blog from the South Pole. I know, I know, not nearly as exciting, but still check out this photo of Todd at the South Pole with a DeSmogBlog expedition flag:

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With a little photoshop trickery we were able to reverse the image:

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A New List of Climate Quibblers: Paid Deniers, Dead Guys and Ill-informed Fellow Travellers

The latest list of “650 International Scientists (who) Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming” seems to be more of the same: dead guys (Fred Seitz, Marcel Leroux, Reid Bryson …), paid deniers (Fred Singer, Tim Ball, Sallie Baliunas …), and a much larger group of weather forecasters and “experts” from unrelated fields, many of whom (eg., Edward Wegman) don’t even disagree with the scientific consensus that human activity is causing climate change.

The apparent author of this list, Swiftboater Marc Morano, even included the names of Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, an historian and an anthropologist who have made themselves famous by advocating for renewed and more vigorous policy action against the threat of climate change.

Calgary Herald, Barry Cooper consign ethics and facts to the trash heap

In the strategic and apparently puposeful deception of a trusting public, Alberta’s Oil Patch Daily (a.k.a., the Calgary Herald) and University of Calgary political science Professor Barry Cooper are exuberant co-conspirators.

Reasonable evidence appears in the column that Cooper pens weekly for the Herald, a pulpit that he used most recently to accuse actual climate scientists of committing “ethical transgressions” because they continue to share research pointing to the greatest environmental catastrophe in human history.

For a ready reference to Cooper’s own ethical standards, it might be interesting to check out the University of Calgary’s audit of his activities in support of the oily climate change denial group, the Friends of Science.


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