Briefing Note Update on Climate Skeptic Conference Presenters

So far we've completed briefing notes on 32 of the presenters at the upcoming climate skeptics conference being organized by the Heartland Institute.

Here's the list so far, we will be completing the list by the end of this week.

Celebrating baby steps: Why any carbon tax is a good carbon tax

An argument has broken out on the DeSmogBlog (again) over whether the perfect is the enemy of the good - that is, whether government must get its climate change policy exactly right or stand up to the (often well-deserved) scorn of its critics.

Here's the argument that action, no matter how incremental, should be praised.

Environment Canada's Muzzle Mandate Available for Viewing

Further to an earlier post, we now have a copy (attached) of the new Media Relations Protocol with which Environment Canada is muzzling its scientists.

The protocol says Environment Canada's staff members are no longer allowed to speak to the media without first calling consulting with their direct supervisor and phoning Media Relations at Environment Canada's national headquarters. This, the protocol says, will ensure that EC experts “respond with approved lines,” thereby saving Minister John Baird from surprise or embarrassment.

Check out the Arctic Front Facebook Group

If you haven't heard about our latest DeSmog project, the Arctic Front, you can read all about it in our special DeSmogBlog section.  

And if you're a big Facebook-er (who isn't these days), please join our Arctic Front Facebook group and add your name to the growing number of people (almost 200 already!) concerned about the environmental impacts of the Alberta oil sands. 

Friends of Science Investigation Eliciting Not-So-Friendly Reaction

Canwest News Service reporter Mike DeSouza blogs about the dial tones and not-so-nice responses he's receiving as he continues to investigate the “Friends of Science” and their connections to the Conservative Party of Canada.

One pretty outrageous exchange came when he called Mike Byfield, the editor of the Daily Oil Bulletin Magazine. After a few initial questions, Byfield told DeSouza that:

I'm going to drop out at this point… F- off.”


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