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Wed, 2007-03-14 06:04Richard Littlemore
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How Can I Get on Amy's Guest List?

Amy Ridenour, friend of big tobacco, big oil and the big Jack Abramoff, and proprietor of the National Centre for Public Policy Research, recently held a Deniers' Luncheon with Tim Ball as the guest of honour. Amy has even provided a photo on her blogsite in which you can see Dr. Ball showing the gap between what he says about climate change and what honest-to-goodness climatologists hold to be accurate science.
Mon, 2007-03-12 15:44Kevin Grandia
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A Global Warming Swindle play-by-play

The UK Channel 4 documentary “The Great Global Warming Swindle ” has been touted by deniers and slammed by a lot of others, including one scientist who appeared in the film. Having taken a quick glance over the movie, the first thing that jumps out is that it's the same guys we write about on DSBlog all the time. There's nothing new here that we have not heard ad naseum from the same handful of global warming deniers.

Here's a few obvious points:

Putting lipstick on a Llama: Tim Ball, retired professor at the University of Winnipeg's department of geography, has magically turned into “Professor Tim Ball, University of Winnipeg, Department of Climatology.” Here's some more on Tim Ball.

$100 in iTunes to the first person to find the elusive department of climatology at the University of Winnipeg. I'll even give you the list of departments at U of W to make it easier.

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.
Thu, 2006-12-14 17:30Ross Gelbspan
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When good news, meets strange logic

Here's the climate equivalent of “Why Isn't the Press Publishing the Good News from Iraq?”

Pat Michaels used to be one of the more lucid, logical and persuasive skeptics. But poor Pat appears to be seriously losing his marbles.
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?

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 17:31Kevin Grandia
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CBC's 5th Estate slams the "Denial Machine" tonight

For all you Canadian DeSmog fans, tune in at 9pm to CBC's 5th Estate for a special documentary on the climate change “denial machine.” Watch the likes of Fred Singer, Tim Ball and Pat Michaels squirm in the media hot seat.

For our US readers, not to worry, I'm sure this piece will get popped on YouTube pretty darn quick.

Thu, 2006-11-02 15:11Kevin Grandia
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The "JunkScience" Coup d'etat

Let's trash the junkman A lot of public relations technique rests in language. It is built in the nuanced choice and combination of
words that are developed and tested through public opinion research - through polling and focus groups.

For example, Republican pollster Frank Luntz has made a career of massaging language to his clients advantage. In Luntz's now infamous enviro-speak memo (pdf) to the republican party, he advises the following:


Sun, 2006-09-17 07:38Kevin Grandia
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More bad press for Viriginia's State Skeptic Michaels

Pat MichaelsToday's Washington Post  takes an in-depth look at notorious climate change skeptic Pat Michaels and the recent controversy arising from an electric utitlity industry association memo pointing him out as a scientist willing to sow public doubt for the right price (which is apparently around $100,000 according to the memo). Here's a few highlights:

Thu, 2006-09-14 06:36Kevin Grandia
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Climate change skeptics take the one-two punch

While climate change skeptics continue to bury their collective heads in the sand (oil sand that is), researchers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre are reporting what they describe as “… the strongest evidence of global warming in the Arctic so far.”

The reduction of glaciers in the summer months has been well established in the scientific literature, but this new study finds that a similar reduction is also occuring in the winter. 

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