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James (Jim) Hoggan is one of Canada’s most respected public-relations professionals and the president and owner of the Vancouver PR firm Hoggan & Associates.

A law school graduate with a longstanding passion for social justice, Jim also serves as chair of the David Suzuki Foundation—the nation’s most influential environmental organization—and as a Trustee of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

James Hoggan is the co-founder of  Stonehouse Standing Circle, an innovative public-engagement and communications think-tank, and the former chair of The Climate Project Canada —Al Gore’s global education and advocacy organization. He also led the Province of British Columbia’s Green Energy Advisory Task Force on Community Relations and First Nations Partnerships.

James Hoggan is the co-founder of the influential website  DeSmogBlog and the author of two books,  Do the Right Thing: PR Tips for Skeptical Public, and Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming. He speaks, writes, and presents widely on public attitudes toward sustainability, climate change, and the environment.

You can follow Jim on Twitter here: @James Hoggan on Twitter.

You can click here to read James Hoggan’s recent article on “How Propaganda (Actually) Works”

Crikey: A Balancing View on Lovelock's Apocalypse

For all of you who are still depressed from the earlier Lovelock post, warning that we have already inflicted fatal damage to the earth's climate, check out this post for a slightly more optimistic view of humankind's ability to respond to climate change.

Former EPA Chiefs Bash Bush

Six former chiefs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who gathered this week to celebrate the agency's 35th birthday, took some time off to bash the current administration for its myopic position on climate change.

“We need leadership, and I don't think we're getting it,” said Russell Train, EPA chief under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, talking about global warming. “To sit back and just push it away and say we'll deal with it sometime down the road is dishonest to the people and self-destructive.”

According to reports only  the current chief administrator stood up to defend President George W. Bush's record.

Further Dissembling by The Australian

Kudos to the folks at PR Watch for tracking down this bit of info. It appears that the editors of The Australian (about whom we opined critically just a couple of days ago) have supplemented their own badly grounded science with the meanderings of an industry flak intent upon muddying the waters on the issue of climate change.

Past the Point of No Return

Brace yourself and check out our colleague Ross Gelbspan’s blog today, where he has picked up a U.K. story about James Lovelock, the scientist and green guru who conceived the notion of Gaia. In it, Lovelock says that we have already done too much damage to the climate system to correct in time.

Greenhouse Gas Emission Policy Revealed as a Sham

The Globe and Mail offers this report:

The automobile industry may be able to meet a highly touted, voluntary Kyoto agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions without doing anything extra to improve the fuel efficiency of millions of cars on Canadian roads, a study by a U.S. researcher warns.”

Temperature Rising in the Political Cortex

Fabulous, all-encompassing new climate change post on the blog, Political Cortex. Make sur

The Australian: Any Sacrifice Worth Sitting at the Big Table

In a fact-bashing roundup, one of Australia's biggest newspapers has embarrassed itself in delighted support of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate conference held there last week.

The Australian announced in this Editorial that climate change isn't proven; and that, if it is proven, it's too expensive to address by seeking an agreeable global mandate.

Gore warns about global warming

And to think: but for a little Florida vote-rigging and a strained U.S. Supreme Court Decision, this man might be midway through his second term as President of the United States.

The Anti-Kyoto Vision Statement

The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate, or, as one blogger put it, APP4CDC, has offered this noble-sounding, if impossibly long, vision statement. Note in the fifith and sixth paragraphs the goal to reduce “greenhouse gas intensities,” not gross output.

Did You Hear the One About the Funny Environmentalist?

We didn’t think so.

The Idea Grove has an interesting post on one recent example of industry making fun of environmental activism.

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