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Co-author (with Jim Hoggan) of the award-winning Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming, Richard has been Editor of the DeSmogBlog since its inception in 2005. Originally a newspaper reporter (the Ottawa Citizen, the Winnipeg Tribune, the Vancouver Sun), Richard has, since 1995, split his career between magazine journalism, activism and politics and corporate communications. On projects specific to climate change, he wrote the David Suzuki Foundation’s first public information package on global warming in 1996, was vice-chair of the Greater Vancouver Regional District's Air Quality Committee in 1996 and 1997 and sat as a delegate to the Canadian government's (failed) Kyoto Implementation Process from 1997 to 1999. Richard is a regular speech writer for many business and academic leaders.

A Few WWW Views on Coal Burners Buying Up Science Skeptics

The leaked memo we reported yesterday has garnered some interesting attention on the net. Here's a link to the ABC story by Clayton Sandell and Bill Blakemore, who deserve credit for digging out the memo. Here's the Associated Press view. Here's the New York Times. Here's Here's a piece from Here's Wired News. And here's a dandy little editorial in the Appleton, Wisconsin Post Crescent, the lead from which reads:

When you can't find anyone willing to take your side in a fight on principle, the next best thing is buying their fealty. That's what Stanley Lewandowski's doing.

Read more on Stanley.

Senator Jim Inhofe Defines Environmentalism

It is, apparently, not enough for Oklahoma Republican Senator JamesPat Robertson Mountain Inhofe to dismiss the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as Nazi propagandists.He has gone further, in a conversation with the 700 Club's Pat Robertson, to define “far-Left environmentalists” as both anarchists and wouldn-be global bureaucrats.

Senator Jim Inhofe: Some Reich; Some Propagandist

“Those who are familiar with Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) know he is aSen. Jim Inhofe straight shooter who speaks his mind,” says the liberal-media bashing blog. And the contents of his mind are, to some degree, evident in his 2003 claim on the floor of the U.S. Congress that global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”

Harper's Canada and Howard's Australia Following Same Path

British investors “have recognized the emergence of Canada's globalPM's Harper and Howard energy powerhouse. Or as we put it, the emerging energy superpower our government intends to build.” – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in London, speaking to a British business audience on July 15, 2006

“As an efficient, reliable supplier, Australia has a massive opportunity to increase its share of global energy trade - with the right policies, we have the makings of an energy superpower.“  – Australian Prime Minister John Howard, in Sydney, speaking to an Australian economics forum, on July 17, 2006

Looking on the Brighter Side, Perversely

Here's an Akron Beacon Journal, story on the implications of climate change for the Great Lakes. The bad news: Lake Erie is expected to shrink by one-sixth over the course of the next 64 years. The good news: what's left will be a “natural” coastline, unblemished by human obstructions.

This, unfortunately, is an example of why U.S. and Canadian industry get so crazy about the Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada, two of the agencies that participated in this lake-water review. 

European Weather, Just as a Matter of Interest

UK hottest since 1911This wraps the (record hot)  European weather over the weekend.

But climate change skeptics can still be delighted that the hockey stick can't be verified.

A Quantitative Media Review of the National Post’s Climate Change Coverage

Media Review looked at 810 randomly selected news articles, opinion pieces and letters to the editor relating to either “climate change” or “global warming” that appeared in the National Post between July, 2003 and July, 2006. Of those 810 articles, 168 were identified as either supporting the science behind climate change or questioning the science behind climate change.

Of the 168 articles, 66% (112) questioned the science behind man-made climate change, while 33% (56) supported the scientific conclusion that the climate is changing and human activity is at least partly to blame.

Long-time Alberta Reformer, a Friends of Science Booster

Long-time Alberta Reformer, Morten Paulsen, who most recently acted as co-chair for the 2006 Alberta/Klein PC party, is also the registered lobbyist for the anti-Kyoto attack group, the Friends of Science (FOS). This apparently fits well with Paulsen’s other lobbying activities: he is also registered to represent ConocoPhillips Canada, the 3rd largest oil refiner and exploration company in the Canada.

Given how quick FOS members are to deny taking money from oil and gas interests, we must assume that Mr. Paulsen’s oily overlap is purely coincidental.

More Bumpf on Balling

In response to the critic who complained about our characterization of Robert C. Balling as an energy industry apologist:

Said critic was unhappy that the SourceWatch entry on Balling didn't list a source for the information on who has been paying our skeptic-of-the-day. The source was probably our own Ross Gelbspan, who researched all this for his books, Boiling Point and The Heat is On.

A Hockey Stick that Can't Keep its Tip Up

A tartly critical new reader (see “Cherrypicking” here) complains that the DeSmogBlog has not immersed itself, on every possible occasion in theThe "Hockey Stick" graph “hockey stick” debate.

Our apologies. For those who are unfamiliar, the “hockey stick” defined the shape of an early graph by one of the world's most respected climate scientists, Dr. Michael Mann. The graph appeared to demonstrate a long-term spike in global warming that meant the 20th century was the warmest in more than a thousand years.

In a 2002 book (Taken By Storm), Christopher Essex and the economist Dr. Ross McKitrick took issue with Mann's statistical method, pointing out some matters of legitimate concern, and the climate change denial lobby grasped the now-flacid hockey stick and began shaking it hither and yon, arguing that if this one graph was flawed, all climate change science was similiarly shakey.