ICSC: International Climate Science Confusion

Our old friend Tom Harris, energy-industry lobbyist turned, well, turned into a badly disguised energy-industry lobbyist, has gone international, taking over as executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition.

The ICSC appears to be a New Zealand-based version of the usual suspects, a group of self-proclaimed experts who do little or no research on climate change, but who can always make time to serve on the advisory board of any oily organization that is trying to forestall action on global warming.

Calgary Herald: where oily opinion trumps fact

In continuing to run the “opinions” of the tainted University of Calgary Professor Barry Cooper, the Calgary Herald, newspaper of record in the Alberta oil capital, demonstrates a lack of concern for accountability, integrity and accuracy.

Prof. Cooper won national fame by setting up a University of Calgary slush fund through which oil companies could give money to climate change deniers without having to account for the donations or admit their association. When the scheme was discovered, the University shut it down, but that hasn't stopped the Herald from continuing to employ Cooper as a columnist - and from presenting his work as if it is accurate and unsullied by bias.

Syncrude acknowledgesTar Sands "reclamation" is skin deep

“If people aren't looking closely, it blends into the natural landscape.”

That was the triumphant description of the first piece of land “officially certified as reclaimed from any of Alberta's oil sands” - it's good enough to impress the government, but even the Syncrude spokester admits the claim won't stand up to scrutiny.

All this shows up this week in a celebratory story in the Globe and Mail:Piece of oil sands first to be certified as reclaimed.

DeSmogBlog in the New York Times today

DeSmogBlog was referenced today in a New York Times article on the battle over coal power in the US

Did the Whitehouse Kill DSCOVR?

Fresh documents have trickled out of the US government indicating that direction from the Whitehouse may have had a direct hand in killing the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).
DeSmog Blog has been researching an investigative series on this mothballed climate change spacecraft designed to monitor the energy budget of the planet from the unique vantage of 1 million miles away.
NASA strangely cancelled the project after spending over $100 million building it. Prominent members of the scientific community were outraged at the decision. You can view their laundry list of letters here.


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