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Thu, 2006-12-14 09:57Ross Gelbspan
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Bush Extends Censorship to USGS

The Bush administration is clamping down on scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, the latest agency subjected to controls on research that might go against official policy.
Wed, 2006-12-13 11:25Kevin Grandia
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Exxon lobby group named "year's most influential" in global climate change

The US Weather Channel's “climate change mission statement ” reads: “Throughout the world, people are confused about climate change and global warming, [the Weather Channel] will provide a place where sound science can be heard.”

As regular DeSmog readers know, much of the confusion and doubt in the general public around the issue of climate change and the discussion around “sound science” has been at the hands of industry and oil company funded front groups. Such groups serve the purpose of doing and saying the things a modern day corporation cannot …

Tue, 2006-12-12 15:07Bill Miller
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Utility industry clings to coal despite growing opposition

Power companies are mounting new plans for coal-fired plants despite growing public and political opposition to greenhouse-gas emissions. This comes amid expectations those emissions eventually will be subject to federal restrictions, especially after the recent Democratic congressional sweep. Even some industry officials are cautiously jumping on side. Are coal's days numbered?

Mon, 2006-12-11 10:51Kevin Grandia
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Industry "think" tank cherry-picks to prove point

Here is a great example of spin, this time by the oil-money backed Media Research Centre and it's affiliated group “NewsBusters.” The goal of the intrepid team at Newsbusters is to “expose and combat liberal media bias.” Well, here's a little bias from News Busters themselves.

According to a recent UK Telegraph story, an upcoming report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will claim that “mankind has less of an affect on global warming than previously supposed.” A leading UK climate scientist explains that this downgrade is a refinement simply “due to better data on how the climate works rather than a reduction in the risk posed by global warming.”

Far from being the whole story, the Telegraph article goes on to paint a pretty grim picture indeed, but Newsbusters would like us all think something quite different…

Check out ThinkProgress for another take on this. 

Mon, 2006-12-11 10:08Kevin Grandia
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"Climate change" and "Kyoto" deemed no, no's for government scientists

Colorado's Rocky Mountain News adds two more bits to the government muzzling of climate change science file today. Pieter Tans, a senior scientist at NOAA's lab in Boulder says that he was banned from using the word “Kyoto” four years ago and more recently banned from talking about “climate change” at a carbon dioxide measurement conference.
Thu, 2006-12-07 12:10Kevin Grandia
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Bye, bye Inhofe

The climate change denial circus created by Senator James “global warming is a hoax” Inhofe, outgoing chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee has finally come to an end, but not, of course, without some final choice quotes. As reported earlier this week on DeSmog, Inhofe took one last stab at sowing doubt about the realities of global warming and chose again to make the US media the target.

HuffPo has a good take on the Inhofe circus.  

Read more: Bye, bye Inhofe
Wed, 2006-12-06 07:58Ross Gelbspan
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Rep. Barton, a longtime ally of Sen. James ("The Greatest Hoax") Inhofe, Vows to Block Congressional Carbon Caps

Rep. Joe Barton, the Texas Republican who led the witch-hunt against scientist Michael Mann, has vowed to block any Congressionl action to cap carbon emissions because global warming science is “pretty weak stuff.”
Tue, 2006-12-05 16:14Kevin Grandia
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Avery's oil friendly and "intelligently designed" skeptic message

Dennis Avery of the oil money backed Hudson Institute may find a niche for his junk science today when he speaks at Seattle's Discovery Institute. While the Discovery Institute may sound impressive, it is actually a very small think tank based in Seattle. Unlike the Avery's Hudson Institute, the DI's claim to fame is not being paid by big oil companies to spread misinformation, but is instead famous for it's epic battles to teach intelligent design in American public schools.
Tue, 2006-12-05 15:12Kevin Grandia
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A little taste of Inhofe's Committee of Misinformation

Tomorrow morning, the Committee for Public Works and the Environment will hear testimony on the media's reporting on the issue of climate change. Thanks to DeSmog's vast information network and army of DeSmog Detectives, we have received advanced copies of the all of the testimony, but I think we'll just give you a teaser today.

Attached is the testimony of Dan Gainor who has absolutely no background in climate change and boasts a Master's Degree in Production Design. Mr. Gainor is a staffer at the Business and Media Institute, a subsidiary mouthpiece of the ExxonMobil funded Media Research Centre.

Sat, 2006-12-02 23:25Kevin Grandia
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Dear University of Virginia: fire Pat Michaels!

In Laurie David's great new quick read book, The Solution is you! , she pens a letter to the University of Virginia regarding Pat “the coalman” Michaels:

To: University of Virginia, Department of Environmental Sciences

Numerous media outlets reported that one of your professors, Dr. Patrick Michaels , has accepted upwards of $150,000 from coal interests and coal-burning electric utility companies for his advocacy against the overwhelming consenus on global warming.

Is this solicitation of funds from industries that pollute the atmosphere with greenhouse gases in line with the university's mission?

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