Are Web Polls All the Harris Gang Has Left?

Climate change spin-doctor Tom Harris has a web poll up on his super-duper denialfest website today, asking people to vote on “How likely is it that human-caused carbon dioxide emissions are causing a climate crisis?”

Any guesses what kind of response you get to such a question posted on a website devoted to denying the realities of human-caused global warming?

The problem though with web polls is that they are very, very easy to game.

The Wikipedia Climate Conspiracy

Resident expert in climate denial at the National Post, Lawrence Solomon, penned a piece recently decrying Wikipedia's entry for science historian Noami Oreskes.

Oreskes is well known for her oft-quoted 2004 article in Science that found that out of a random sample of 928 research articles on climate change, not one questioned the consensus view that human activity is to blame.

Solomon got his hackles up when Wikipedia disallowed his edit of the Oreskes entry referring to a social anthropologist named Benny Peiser (well known to DeSmog), who apparently had “debunked” Oreskes original study.

The Deniers? The World Renowned Scientist Who Got Al Gore Started

“My own personal belief is that we should wait another 10 or 20 years to really be convinced that the greenhouse effect is going to be important for human beings, in both positive and negative ways.”

Roger Revelle, in a letter to then Congressman Jim Bates, July 14, 1988

Among the not-very-credible denials of climate change risk, one of Lawrence Solomon's most offensive is his attack on the memory and work of Dr. Roger Revelle.

Mowing Down Pollution

The folks at the Clean Air Foundation recently announced this year's version of Mow Down Pollution. It's a campaign, started in 2001, that encourages Canadians to turn in their old and busted lawn mowers. When I first heard about this project I was, like, really? Lawnmowers are big polluters? As it turns out, they matter:

U of Calgary: No Disciplinary Measures "At This Time"

Updating the story about the University of Calgary's damning audit of its relationship with the Friends of Science, U of C general counsel Charlene Anderson told the Calgary Herald yesterday that no disciplinary action is planned “at this time,” but “that might change at any time so the university is looking into that.”

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