Sat, 2006-08-12 06:13Jim Hoggan
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Oil Companies Funding Friends of Science, Tim Ball takes the brunt

A Globe and Mail feature article by Charles Montgomery today  has delivered what should be a death blow for the climate change denial and anti-Kyoto attack group, the Friends of Science.

The G&M says that FOS has taken undisclosed sums from Alberta oil and gas interests. The money was funneled through the Calgary Foundation, to the University of Calgary and on to the FOS though something called the “Science Education Fund.”

All this appears to be orchestrated by Stephen Harper’s long-time political confidante and fishing buddy, U. Calgary Prof Dr. Barry Cooper. It seems the FOS has taken a page right out of the US climate change attack group’s playbook: funnel money through foundations and third party groups to “wipe the oil” off the dollars they receive.

This comes as no surprise considering the FOS has been linked to some of the most notorious oil money-backed scientists in the US, including Drs. S. Fred Singer, Sallie Baliunas, Sherwood Idso, Willie Soon, Robert C. Balling and Pat Michaels.
Sat, 2006-08-12 05:26Kevin Grandia
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High tech research technique exposed

As you many of you know, we here at the DeSmogBlog have been following the Calgary, Canada – based super skeptic group, the Friends of Science, for quite some time now. What you might not have known is that we have been using extremely cutting-edge technology to do so.

Click to Enlarge the FOS webUnfortunately, the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, has uncovered our high tech ways in their expose today on the Friends of Science and their connections to the oil industry. So, for those who have not read the G&M piece and in the spirit of full disclosure, here it is: string, tape and paper.

That’s right, much like Senior Agent Jack Malone on the CBS hit series “Without a Trace,” when we are hot on the trail of those kidnapping the truth on climate change, we use the very same forensic techniques – we take a piece of string, tape it on the wall and put two pieces paper with writing on it and make the connection between science and oil. Now everyone can start their own blog just like ours and start outing the bad guys.
Fri, 2006-08-11 17:54Richard Littlemore
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Senate Committee Offers "Majority Facts"

Here's one we haven't seen before: the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works (James Inhofe, chair), is releasing a periodic “Majority Fact of the Day,” the Aug. 4 edition featuring an attack on New York Times columnist Bob Herbert.

Until now, I always thought a fact was … well, a fact, and I can only assume that Senator Inhofe calls his outburst a “majority fact” to distinguish it from … well, from an actual fact.

Fri, 2006-08-11 16:11Richard Littlemore
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StopEsso: Look for a Franchise Opening Soon

Have a look at StopEsso, a quirky Canadian website working to organize a boycott of ExxonMobile's Canadian subsidiary, Esso. There isn't much information on the site about the organizers, so I have emailed looked for more and will report out when I hear back. In the meantime, my favourite part of the site is this invitation:

“Join in with other volunteers and campaigners in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and other locations or start your own group - contact stopesso@stopesso.ca for Franchise Opportunities!”

Fri, 2006-08-11 14:25Kevin Grandia
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Who to believe? Bonner or Royal Society...

We recently did a post on the outrageous claims made by Bonner Cohen, the “tobacco hack turned climate change flak,” in which Mr. Cohen, a “senior fellow” at the National Centre for Public Policy Research, who once stated on the science backing the harmful effects of second-hand tobacco smoke that:

“The science [on tobacco smoke], of which the EPA avails itself, is that which happens to fit the political agenda of the moment …. the one certainty following the EPA's report on tobacco smoke, is that the available science is inconclusive.”

Scarily, his stance on climate change is quite similar:

“Your grandchildren would be best served, when considering climate change that we not allow ourselves to be driven by idle speculation, not by computer models. Simply look at the scientific data and see if in fact we are experiencing anything out of the ordinary.”

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