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Thu, 2007-04-19 13:33Kevin Grandia
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Blogging without accountability in the heartland

There's been a lot of talk about blogger ethics lately in light of the death threats posted the other week on technologist blogger Kathy Sierra's site. It has raised all sorts of blogging issues, including the important issue of accountability.

A lot of the writing here on DeSmogBlog is considered by some to be controversial and with controversy comes an even higher expectation of accountability. If we write something incorrect, we do not distance ourselves from the mistake, we take ownership and correct ourselves in a timely fashion.

I came across a site yesterday called “From the Heartland,” (FTH) that claims to be the Heartland Institute's “unofficial blog.”
Fri, 2007-04-13 15:48Jim Hoggan
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Al Gore's Energy Bill: The Power of Tattletelling

The Tennessee Centre for Policy Research claims to be an independent and non-partisan policy think tank, a characterization that is hard to sustain since the Centre made itself famous by releasing a hyped account of Al Gore's personal electricity consumption. 
Wed, 2007-04-11 18:01Kevin Grandia
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Heartland Debate Challenge Update, April 11, 2007

DeSmog Debate Challenge

Still haven't heard from them. In the meantime, please enjoy some past posts we have done on the Heartland Institute or the entry for Heartland over at Sourcewatch.

Wed, 2007-04-11 15:57Kevin Grandia
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Oil-a-palooza, Newsbusters attempts to resurrect the Friends of Science

The “Liberal Media” bashing Newsbusters is complaining today that the American media have ignored the 2005 Climate Catastrophe Cancelled video produced by the “Friends of Science.”

Newsbusters asks: “Think you’ll see this video on American television any time soon?”

If it is to appear on American TV, which based on the quality of production and factual inaccuracies I am guessing not, here's a bit more on the Friends of Science and Newsbusters for you to consider. 
Tue, 2007-04-10 17:18Kevin Grandia
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Heartland Debate Challenge Update, April 10, 2007

DeSmog Debate Challenge

Still haven't heard from them. In the meantime, please enjoy some past posts we have done on the Heartland Institute or the entry for Heartland over at Sourcewatch.

Tue, 2007-04-10 07:36Kevin Grandia
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Ever heard of the "Natural Resource Stewardship Project?" Brown University has.

If Brown University newspaper's Don Trella ever wants a job writing at DSBlog, we would love to chat. Check out Trella's piece on Tom Harris and the NRSP. A couple of good quotes:

The NRSP is a coalition whose leadership includes about half of the last handful of climate scientists of note who reject global warming as a “myth.” 

 Ironically, they realize their position is so out of the mainstream, they have to use a name that not only belies their true purpose but in fact implies they are environmentalists.

Sat, 2007-04-07 12:21Ross Gelbspan
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It's Just A Matter of Degree

This graphic by National Environmental Trust indicates the changes we can expect to see from each new degree of warming.
Thu, 2007-03-22 15:15Kevin Grandia
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Deniers evolution from ozone to global warming

Here are recent statements by vocal media impressarios and think tanks who spend their time, not in a laboratory, but in the popular media trying to convince the public that global warming is either not happening, or is not caused by our continued consumption of fossil fuels (oil, coal, gas etc).

Below each one, I have also provided an historical quote on what they had to say about the effects of CFC's on the hole in the o-zone layer. Notice any similarities?

Sat, 2007-02-24 07:43Ross Gelbspan
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Food Crops Will Be The First Casualties of Warming -- Experts

The place where most of the world's people could first begin to feel the consequences of global warming may be in the stomach. A group of agricultural experts are increasingly worried that global warming will trigger food shortages long before it causes better known but more distant threats, such as rising sea levels.
Thu, 2007-02-22 09:51Ross Gelbspan
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Stern Responses Show Economics as a Form of Brain Damage

By spending less on curbing CO2 now, according to some economists, we will be richer in the future and thereby better able to pay for mitigating climate change then. Spending on climate abatement must be weighed against other social costs, they say.

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