Friends of Science: Facts from the Coal Industry's Favourite Scientist

There are few people in the climate change denial industry who have Pat Michaels' demonstrated willingness to cuddle up to big coal.

So, it's no surprise that the discredited Friends of Science chose Michaels as keynote speaker for the Friends' Fifth Annual Luncheon Event.

Climate Debate Daily: Pluperfect Rubbish

The top link on the energy industry lobby site, International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), points to another promoter of scientific doubt, a site called Climate Debate Daily (CDD).

According to the Times Online, the CDD “rounds up news and gives equal voice to the dissenters and the activists and as such is a great place to go for varying interpretations of the latest happenings.”

This is rubbish or, in the deathless prose of one of CDD's editor's “pluperfect rubbish.” CDD clearly exists not to resolve the “debate” about global warming, but to encourage the notion that a legitimate argument still exists

DeSmog Oil Sands "Arctic Front" Spotted in New Delhi

The latest sighting of Arctic Front polar bear activity has been in our outpost in New Delhi.

As regular readers know, we have an army of big, mad polar bears deployed across Canada that can pop up anytime to raise awareness about the damaging environmental impacts of the Alberta Oil Sand operations.

But did you know we now have outposts in New Delhi, Romania, Israel, the United Kingdom, Australia and many other countries around the world?

We'll keep you posted. If you would like to keep up-to-date on the Arctic Front and other DeSmog activities, consider signing up for our weekly DeSmog newsletter by going here.

EPA scientists drop bombshell in political-interference survey

Science around environmental matters has long been dismissed in the rough and tumble of U.S. politics, but many scientists contend things got markedly worse through two terms under President Bush, as incidents have shown how political appointees were involved in shaping government reports on everything from climate change to condoms.

Now, more than half the 1,600 Environmental Protection Agency scientists who responded to an online questionnaire complained of political pressure in interpreting and performing their work.

And four in 10 scientists who have worked at the agency for more than a decade said interference has been more prevalent in the last five years than previously.

Here's the full report, Interference at the EPA, by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

A Short, Sweet Rebuttal to Newsbuster's Swedish Tree Nonsense

Yesterday I wrote a piece outlining the apparently illogical pseudo-science being sold by Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters as justification for doing nothing to solve the crisis of human-induced global warming. 

Shepard tries to make the claim that the discovery of the world's oldest tree by Dr. Leif Kullman, professor at Umeå University's department of ecology and environmental science in Sweden, somehow brought into question the entire theory of human-caused global warming. 

Presumably, Shepard did not attempt to contact Dr. Kullman before putting in front of his readership the misinformation that he did. I know this because I emailed Dr. Kullman last night to comment on Sheppard's piece and got this concise answer:

I find it quite strange how an old tree can be used in the climate change controversy.” 

So will Newsbusters be willing to correct their mistake? Will Sheppard do the responsible thing and print a correction? 


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