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Wed, 2007-01-24 08:37Richard Littlemore
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Disappointing State of the Union

It was a night of disappointments as President G.W. Bush delivered his State of the Union Address to the joint Houses of Congress Tuesday.

First, the rumoured White House policy shift on global warming never materialized. It's true that President Bush mentioned climate change for the first time in a State of the Union address, but it was a less-than stirring reference:

“America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs… these technologies will help us become better stewards of the environment – and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change.”

Mon, 2007-01-22 11:00Richard Littlemore
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Hot Off the Presses: Warmed-over Denial

The Heartland Institute, one of those think tanks that Exxon may or may not have stopped funding to misrepresent climate science, has this new feature on its Environment & Climate News website. Dated February 1, 2007 (ony 10 days from now), the article is actually an edited version of the tired speech that Senator James Inhofe delivered last year when he was still the Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Wrong then. Wrong now. But with a smaller audeince.

Fri, 2007-01-19 10:01Richard Littlemore
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Deniers Attack Weather Channel's Heidi Cullen

The Weather Channel's Heidi Cullen has found herself in a hailstorm of abuse after having had the impertinence to suggest that the science behind climate change is compelling and the deniers are politicizing the issue for their own purposes.
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.

Thu, 2006-11-16 14:26Kevin Grandia
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Inhofe's last stand

Senator Jim Inhofe, outgoing Chair of the Senate Committee of the Envrionment and Public Works, and one of the most infamous climate change deniers in the GOP Caucus, now claims that the United Nations meeting on climate change currently underway in Nairobi is nothing more than a “brainwashing session.” So what are we to make of this? Who cares?
Wed, 2006-11-08 16:05Kevin Grandia
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Thank the Macaca for Inhofe's undoing

The DeSmog team is anxiously waiting for the final, final confirmation of victory in the Virginia Senate race between Democrat Jim Webb and incumbent GOP candidate George Allen. If Webb is confirmed the winner, it means the end of Senator Jim “global warming is a hoax” Inhofe as the Chair of the influential Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Fri, 2006-10-27 15:50Richard Littlemore
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Inhofe Aid vs. SEJ: "It's Not About Science"

Marc Morano, the outspoken aid to Oklahoma Senator and Environment Committee Chair Jim Inhofe took on the assembled mob at the Society of Environmental Journalists conference moments ago, and the only point of agreement was on Morano's opening promise: “I'm not here to debate the science.”

Rather, he was here (on behalf of his boss, who declined the invitation) to slag the media for its coverage of climate change and particularly for abandoning the position of “balance” that Inhofe and company would prefer.

Morano began by denying that his boss had ever dismissed climate change as a hoax, although neither he nor his boss have ever challenged the accuracy of this Inhofe quote, “With all of the hysteria, all of the fear, all of the phony science,” Inhofe said, “could it be that man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people? It sure sounds like it.”

Morano's most impassioned complaints were aimed at the media's “labelling” and its “failure” to label fairly.
Thu, 2006-10-26 13:56Sarah Pullman
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Morano vs Revkin – Ready to Face Off!

While the SEJ Conference is packed with people and sessions that sound interesting, we're most looking forward to Friday night's session just pre-dinner – “And Now a Word from Our Critics.” This session, hosted by Christy George, will feature four speakers: Bill Blakemore, Dan Fagin, Marc Morano, and Andrew Revkin.

Marc Morano, as many of you may know, is a staffer for Senator Inhofe in all his current notoriety. Andrew Revkin is a long-time environment writer for the New York Times. It'll be interesting to see what Morano says, and equally interesting to see how his spin is received by the audience of environmental journalists.

The DeSmogBlog will be liveblogging from the session, reporting out on all the action. We'll also be posting a raw audio recording of the debate – so stay tuned to the site for that.
Thu, 2006-10-26 13:56Sarah Pullman
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Morano vs Revkin Ready to Face Off!

While the SEJ Conference is packed with people and sessions that sound interesting, we're most looking forward to Friday night's session just pre-dinner – “And Now a Word from Our Critics.” This session, hosted by Christy George, will feature four speakers: Bill Blakemore, Dan Fagin, Marc Morano, and Andrew Revkin.

Marc Morano, as many of you may know, is a staffer for Senator Inhofe in all his current notoriety. Andrew Revkin is a long-time environment writer for the New York Times. It'll be interesting to see what Morano says, and equally interesting to see how his spin is received by the audience of environmental journalists.

The DeSmogBlog will be liveblogging from the session, reporting out on all the action. We'll also be posting a raw audio recording of the debate – so stay tuned to the site for that.
Wed, 2006-10-25 06:55Richard Littlemore
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The Climate Dissemblers Win Another Battle

Galling though it is to admit, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe appears to be having wonderful success in redefining the media conversation about global cooling - I mean, global warming.

As this echo on the Business and Media Institute (BMI) website illustrates, major media are rising to address Inhofe's charge that the current concern over climate change is just another scare story from a media that loves scare stories.

This is a home run for those who seek to confuse people about the science behind climate change. There is no sense of perspective in any of the current coverage, no clear illustration that the global cooling stories of the 1970s were one-off flights of fancy from a clutch of over-eager reporters. There are only big headlines saying, in effect, that this scare story is different from the last scare story - the logical response to which may be to dismiss the whole affair.

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