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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.

Dear Globe and Mail

I submitted the following letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail today:

Dear Editor,

While introducing a mostly excellent weekend package on climate change, Globe and Mail Editor-in- chief Edward Greenspon says, “We are in the business of promoting debate, not dogma…

Globe Condemns Arrest of DeSmogBlog Benefactor

In this excert from today's editorial , the Globe and Mail condemns the arrest this week of John Lefebvre, a friend, founder and financial supporter of the DeSmogBlog:

The U.S. crackdown on Internet gambling, a crusade that seems to involve arresting law-abiding citizens of other countries and threatening them with long prison terms, continues to claim new victims.

NRSP Controlled by Energy Lobbyists

Two of the three Directors on the board of the Natural Resources Stewardship Project are senior executives of the High Park Advocacy Group, a Toronto-based lobby firm that specializes in “energy, environment and ethics.”

But while the High Park execs have majority control over the NRSP, it appears that they don't have to report its operations as part of their lobbying or account for who's paying for the NRSP's operations.

Exxon's Conversion: A Sober Second Look

Eager as we are to join the celebrations about ExxonMobil's recent climate change conversion, there are several reasons to question the sincerity of the world's biggest oil merchant .

The first is the most obvious: with the Democrats having secured control in both Houses of Congress, the energy industry expects it will soon face an outbreak of climate-change regulations. Exxon wants to be in the room to negotiate the effect of those regulations; it wants to be taken seriously on this issue and admitting the accuracy of the science is a necessary first step.

The Consensus Trap

One of the quickest ways to trigger a backlash of cynicism and suspicion in the climate change conversation is to insist that there is a “consensus” among scientists about human responsibility for global warming.

To begin, many people misunderstand the word “consensus.” Although the Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “a general agreement,” people tend to think that it means a unanimous agreement and, therefore, that if a single scientist stands up anywhere in the world and argues the point that the consensus is invalidated.

Happy Birthday to the DeSmogBlog!!!!

Today, December 1st, marks exactly a year since the DeSmogBlog went live, striking out to challenge those people who try to make climate change a political story – and not a scientific one.

They exist in abundance. Despite an overwhelming global consensus that human activity is causing climate change, there remains a small but well-funded core of deniers – people who will go to almost any length to cast doubt upon a scientific reality that grows more obvious, and more frightening, by the day.

A huge number of those people work for “think tanks” in the U.S. and Canada…

In response to the Financial Post

The following letter was sent to the National Post yesterday, Friday, Nov. 24, 2006. A much-edited version ran in the business section today. We reprint the entire letter here for your interest:

I must respond to a series of unwarranted attacks by Financial Post Editor Terence Corcoran on me personally and on DeSmogBlog.com that I run, independent of my business (James Hoggan & Associates).

India Joins Anti-Kyoto Asia Pacific Partnership

On a day when British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett was urging India to join the fight against climate change, the country announced that it is throwing its lot in with the industry-oriented Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP).

The anti-Kyoto APP is an international body including Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. It has been presented as an alternative to the United Nations-sponsored Framework Convention on Climate Change, albeit one that rejects the notion of enforceable climate change measures such as those negotiated in the Kyoto Accord. Instead, the APP is dedicated to increasing GHG-causing industrial and energy development, promising only to improve the relative environmental cleanliness of those developments

NRSP: Not Really Science People

The new public relations group calling itself the Natural Resources Stewardship Project is a classic example of an astroturf group - a surprisingly well-funded PR team that presents itself as a grassroots organization.

NRSP: Not Really Science People

NRSP: no grassroots hereThe new public relations group calling itself the Natural Resources Stewardship Project is a classic example of an astroturf group - a surprisingly well-funded PR team that presents itself as a grassroots organization.

NRSP (think: Not Really Science People) sets this out as it's First Priority Project:
“Understanding Climate Change”
A proactive grassroots campaign to counter the Kyoto Protocol and other greenhouse gas reduction schemes while promoting sensible climate change policy.
Think about that for a minute. A true grassroots campaign occurs when a bunch of people who share an interest rise up spontaneously to fight for a common interest. Which of your neighbours might be inclined to rise up spontaneously to “counter the Kyoto Protocol and other greenhouse gas reduction schemes”? Conscientious objectors in the war on climate change don't join astroturf groups.