Wed, 2006-10-25 06:55Richard Littlemore
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The Climate Dissemblers Win Another Battle

Galling though it is to admit, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe appears to be having wonderful success in redefining the media conversation about global cooling - I mean, global warming.

As this echo on the Business and Media Institute (BMI) website illustrates, major media are rising to address Inhofe's charge that the current concern over climate change is just another scare story from a media that loves scare stories.

This is a home run for those who seek to confuse people about the science behind climate change. There is no sense of perspective in any of the current coverage, no clear illustration that the global cooling stories of the 1970s were one-off flights of fancy from a clutch of over-eager reporters. There are only big headlines saying, in effect, that this scare story is different from the last scare story - the logical response to which may be to dismiss the whole affair.
Wed, 2006-10-25 06:48Ross Gelbspan
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Inhofe: Newsweek Blows Hot and Cold on Warming

For years, the skeptics have tried to discredit global warming projections by noting that, several decades ago, scientists were just as concerned about global cooling.  Now it turns out that Sen. James Inhofe (“Global Warming is the Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated on the American Public”) has pressured Newsweek Magazine into highlighting this change. In fact  some scientists say, their early concerns about climate change were not unjustified – since escalating climatic instability is the hallmark of early stage global warming.

Wed, 2006-10-25 06:28Ross Gelbspan
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Canadian Wind Power seen Adding $1 billion to Economy in '07

Wind energy is expected to contribute more than C$1 billion ($890 million) to Canada's gross domestic product in 2006, up from C$736 million in 2005, according to Sean Whittaker of the Canadian Wind Energy Association. Whittaker said the group sees wind producing 4 percent of the country's electricity by 2015 – an amount equal to that expected from natural gas generation.

Tue, 2006-10-24 16:47Richard Littlemore
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Echo Chamber: It Doesn't Have to be True to Start Sounding Familiar

Here comes Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe again, this time on the blogsite Human Events.

(It is, of course, untoward to accuse a particular site of being “right-wing,” but HR telegraphs its politics with a very funny ad for a dating service that will spare you the irritation of ever sharing your spaghetti with another liberal.)

Inhofe's “new” HR article is the same old material that he trotted out in a speech on the Senate floor in September - full of breathless claims that the current scientific concern about climate change is no different than any number of other newspaper scares in the last century.
Tue, 2006-10-24 14:02Kevin Grandia
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Jim takes the DeSmog message to Concordia

As part of a nine-stop University speaking tour, the founder of DeSmogBlog, Jim Hoggan, is visiting Montreal's Concordia University department of journalism today. Jim will be speaking on what else but the PR spin tactics being used to muddle the truth on the realities of global warming.

Highlights will no doubt include, some of the more notorious climate change skeptics, namely Tim Ball, Fred Singer and former RJ Reynolds medical “research” advisor Fred Seitz.

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