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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. 

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.
Wed, 2006-11-29 15:15Kevin Grandia
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Inhofe's last stand

Sources are telling DeSmog that on Dec. 6th a last and final attack on climate change science and the media will be mounted by Sen. James Inhofe, outgoing chair of the Envrionment and Public Works Committee .

For his final committee comedy act, Inhofe has proposed an interesting line-up of witnesses, all of them, unsuprisingly, close to the fossil fuel industry-backed war on science. First up will be Dr. Bob Carter an Australian who's affiliations include the fossil fuel industry friendly (and funded) Institute of Public Affairs. Second up is David Deming, an “adjunct scholar” for the National Centre for Policy Analysis…

Mon, 2006-11-27 13:23Ross Gelbspan
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A Cato-tonic Response

A Sure-Fire Recipe For Global Bankruptcy.

Two skeptics at the Cato Institute now argue that it's wasteful to spend money addressing the climate crisis because succeeding generations will be so much wealthier that the cost to them will be negligible. What they don't tell us is that if we don't deal with this issue a.s.a.p., succeeding generations will be bankrupt by mid-century.

Mon, 2006-11-20 19:22Kevin Grandia
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Real Climate blasts Singer and Avery's junk science

Ever wonder what real science looks like, compared to the junk science of those who say climate change is nothing to worry about? If yes, then check out a fresh post by our friends at RealClimate.org.
Thu, 2006-11-16 11:19Richard Littlemore
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Fifth Estate Slams the "Denial Machine"

CBC's news magazine show the fifth estate slammed Dr. S. Fred Singer and company out of the park last evening with the Denial Machine” , a 40-minute documentary that gave context to the current climate change debate.
Wed, 2006-11-15 11:16Richard Littlemore
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Copernicus Caught Up in Climate Calamity

Although he would be horrified to know it, Nicholas Copernicus is the latest victim of the climate change dissemblers at Amy Ridenour's National Center for Public Policy Research.

Wed, 2006-11-08 18:51Richard Littlemore
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CEI Mourning the Loss of "Green" Republicans

That Myron Ebell: what a noble environmentalist. Here he is, weeping crocodile tears over the “green” Republicans who were among the losers in yesterday's mid-term elections.

It's funny because green is not usually Myron's colour. As the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy, Ebell is the brainy deceiver who brought us the CO2 is Life” ad campaign, promoting the indiscriminate burning of fossil fuel as a means to keep (some) Americans wealthy.

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