UPDATED: with details of the Fraser Institute's planned press conference
A Canadian think tank’s “independent” analysis of the IPCC Summary for Policymakers is based on out-of-date information and is specifically misleading about the nature of the scientific summary that it presumes to criticize, DeSmogBlog.com President James Hoggan said Wednesday.
The Fraser Institute will release their report in London on Feb.5. Here are the details for our UK friends who might be interested in attending:
Date: February 5, 2007 Time: 10am (London time) Location: The Atrium Restaurant (across from the Houses of Parliament), Four Millbank, Westminster
You can find a copy of the leaked document and a briefing note on the Fraser Institute here.
UPDATE: I've just uploaded a new version of the briefing note, without hyperlinks for those who want to print off a copy. Titled “print version.” (KG)
The Fraser Institute, which has received $120,000 from ExxonMobil over the last three years, has issued a media advisory promising to release”an independent summary of the latest United Nations (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report on climate” on February 5, 2007.
Mann's “hockey stick” graph was the subject of an attack by Stephen McIntyre, a statistician and part-time consultant in Toronto to minerals industries, and Ross McKitrick, an economist at the University of Guelph in Ontario. The attack was the subject of a front page story in the Wall Street Journal.
Democracy is utterly dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed. In promoting climate change denial (and often denying their responsibility for doing so) industry has done more than endanger the environment. It has undermined democracy.
There is a vast difference between putting forth a point of view, honestly held, and intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion. Free speech does not include the right to deceive. Deception is not a point of view. And the right to disagree does not include a right to intentionally subvert the public awareness.