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Fri, 2009-03-27 10:43Kevin Grandia
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The Nation’s Must-Read Article “The Dirt on Clean Coal”

Ari Berman’s must-read article “The Dirt on Clean Coal” upholds The Nation’s proud reputation for investigative reporting which separates it from most mainstream outlets, posing relevant questions and actually attempting to find answers to them.

Berman asks the critical, overlooked question of the day, “Can the same people who told us that global warming didn’t exist–or that it was a good thing–suddenly be trusted to help solve the climate crisis?”

As you might guess, the answer is a resounding “no.”

Berman details how the coal industry - through its $40 million Astroturf campaign by the front group “American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity” - is working feverishly to fight Congressional efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions, hoping to ensure that the world’s coal supplies – and the climate – continue to burn for decades to come.

Naomi Oreskes: the American Denial of Global Warming

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Join scientist and renowned historian Naomi Oreskes as she describes her investigation into the reasons for such widespread mistrust and misunderstanding of scientific consensus and probes the history of organized campaigns designed to create public doubt and confusion about science.

Wed, 2008-11-26 10:43Richard Littlemore
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Edmonton Journal: Oil Industry Flyer Promotes Global Warming

“Canada won’t really have a lot of problems. The main problems will be in developing or underdeveloped countries that even today have problems with high cold or high temperatures.”

- Anthropologist and Science Fiction Writer Benny Peiser

The Edmonton Journal was once quite a serious institution - the newspaper of record in the capital city of Alberta, the largest oil producing region in North America and the second largest in the world. Given the 37 years of one-party (Conservative) rule in the province, Journal writers have often considered themselves the Official Opposition, charged with a mission of keeping industry honest and holding the government to account.

Apparently, they have given it up, preferring instead to cozy up to their advertisers by claiming that global warming is a good thing.

Mon, 2008-09-08 14:56Richard Littlemore
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Oreskes Chronicles Birth of Climate Change Denial

Naomi Oreskes, the science historian whose landmark article 2004 Science article, finally put the lie as to whether there was a legitimate climate change “debate,” has written a new piece for the TimesOnline, describing on of the best early warnings the U.S. received about global warming, and revealing the efforts of scientist-turned-lobbyist Bill Nierenberg in beginning to sow confusion.

As Oreskes reports, the U.S. government had solid information on the likelihood (and potential severity) of climate change in 1979 - delivered by a panel of some of the most impressive scientists in the land. But In 1980, then-President Ronald Reagan found the truth inconvenient. If the world community started worrying about climate change, Reagan figured everyone would start blaming America (because America was making the biggest contribution). Reagen tapped Nierenberg for an alternative report, and the big lie began.  
Fri, 2008-07-11 16:56Richard Littlemore
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Wiki-libel: Denier Solomon Tries to Shoot the Messenger

Lawrence Solomon - he of the imaginary legion of top scientists who deny climate change - has launched an attack on the credibility of Wikipedia, complaining especially that Wiki has the temerity to acknowledge climate change and to censor unfounded counter arguments.

Unfortunately, Solomon pegs his own case to the reputation of the notoriously unreliable Benny Peiser, leaving the Wiki editors looking admirably clever.

Wed, 2008-04-16 17:05Kevin Grandia
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The Wikipedia Climate Conspiracy

Resident expert in climate denial at the National Post, Lawrence Solomon, penned a piece recently decrying Wikipedia's entry for science historian Noami Oreskes.

Oreskes is well known for her oft-quoted 2004 article in Science that found that out of a random sample of 928 research articles on climate change, not one questioned the consensus view that human activity is to blame.

Solomon got his hackles up when Wikipedia disallowed his edit of the Oreskes entry referring to a social anthropologist named Benny Peiser (well known to DeSmog), who apparently had “debunked” Oreskes original study.
Fri, 2008-02-08 10:48Richard Littlemore
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Great Oreskes Lecture Updates State of Climate Change Denial

University of California (San Diego) science historian Dr. Naomi Oreskes offers this extremely worthwhile one-hour lecture, giving both a solid primer on global warming and a very compelling account on how effectively industry has sown confusion in the hopes of preventing Americans from taking action to prevent it.
Fri, 2007-11-09 13:36Richard Littlemore
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Clumsy Media Bias Dwindling, But U.S. Still Behind the U.K.

A new paper (attached) by Oxford Research Fellow Max Boykoff shows that phony media balance has almost disappeared in U.S. climate change coverage.

But Boykoff's paper also shows an embarrassing difference in the extent and quality of climate change coverage in the United States, compared to coverage in the United Kingdom. For example, he found that between 2003 and 2006, UK papers covered the story three times as often as U.S. papers and were significantly more likely to present it accurately.

Thu, 2007-09-20 10:59Richard Littlemore
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Schulte's Analysis: Not Published; Not Going to Be

The celebrated research by Dr. Klaus-Martin Schulte, claiming that a legitimate debate still continues over the science behind climate change, is “a bit patchy and nothing new,” according to Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen , editor of the Energy and Environment journal to which Schulte had submitted the work for publication.

It is “not what was of interest to me” and will not be published, Boehmer Christiansen said (in email correspondence reproduced in full at the end of this post).

Fri, 2007-09-14 19:13Kevin Grandia
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Klaus-Martin Schulte remains silent on his climate change "research"

It's been well over a week since we sent inquiries to Mr. Klaus-Martin Schulte regarding his relationship to the oil-industry friendly DC lobbyist, Rob Ferguson and the “Science and Public Policy Institute.”

We will continue to update everyone on the response or non-response of Mr. Schulte on these important questions.

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