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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.

Jim 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.

Jim 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.

Failing to Question the Sources of Climate Change Denial Isn't Fair to Citizens Concerned About Climate Change

(The following is a response to a recent op-ed in the Vancouver Sun.)

I am not a scientist. I am not a climate change expert. I’m a PR guy; I have been in the business for more than 25 years. So I know a public relations campaign when I see one, and lately, Canadians have been treated to a stunning example.

It began, in earnest, a month ago with wide release of a letter from 60 “experts” taking issue with the current consensus on climate change. That petition was repudiated by a second letter, signed by 90 of the top climate scientists in the country, but it didn't stop those in the first group from flooding the country's opinion pages with “climate skeptic” reports and, most recently, from hitting the talk circuit.

Inhofe's Congressional Spinmeister Takes to the Air

U.S. Environment and Public Works staff director Andrew Wheeler takes to the airwaves to defend the position of his boss, EPC Committee Chair Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.). Anyone who is subject to vertigo in the face of quickly changing reality should take a Gravol before reading or watching this link.

Educated Majority is Still Losing the Climate Debate

A new Ipsos Reid poll reported in the Vancouver Sun shows that 39 percent of Canadiansdon’t support the science  behind global warming.

National Post: Manipulating Rather Than Reporting the News

In the PR world, there are two kinds of public opinion polls: factfinders and manipulators.

You commission factfinding polls to get a legitimate idea of where the public stands on an issue. For example, if you are representing a brokerage house, you might commission a survey to find out whether (or how much) the Enron case will discourage people from putting their money in the market.

Scientists' Climate Change Messaging Anything But Clear

Grist Magazine has turned up another excellent climate change piece - this time an excerpt from “Americans and Climate Change: Closing the Gap Between Science and Action” (PDF) a report synthesizing the insights of 110 leading thinkers on how to educate and motivate the American public on the subject of global warming.

Drowning in Life

Here's the best piece of climate spin in ages, a poetic set of TV commercials prepared by the Competitive Enterprise Institute in praise of carbon dioxide. Apparently we needn't be afraid of it, since it's the very thing that we breathe out of our own lungs.

In Defence of the Indefensible

As the public relations war over climate change drags on, it becomes ever more apparent that one side has very cleverly manipulated the other into a position where they must defend the indefensible.

You might imagine that in talking about the “indefensible,” I am referring to the “sceptic's” defence of inaction - the corporate and governmental plea to ignore certain science and honour the self-destructive status quo. But that's not the case. The villains, liars and ostriches who argue against taking action on climate change have, in fact, taken the upper hand, forcing everyone else to defend two things that are almost completely without merit.

Why Are There So Few "Friends of Science"?

Rounding up the usual climate change “sceptics” on the domestic (Canadian front), we have the website www.friendsofscience.org, “Providing Insight on Climate Change.”

When Does Scientific Quibbling Become Unethical Lying?

In the Science Background section of the The Friends of Science website, the authors go to extremes to argue that climate change is NOT occurring, and then they say this:

Never Believe a Source with "Truth" in its Name

Brace yourself for a new den of deniers and then click on www.envirotruth.org. Envirotruth rounds up the usual suspects of climate science “sceptics” in a “myth-busting” campaign to confuse and deny the current worldwide consensus on the impact of climate change. Print a list of the 60 “accredited experts” who signed the sceptics' letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week and then check off the names as you read through Envirotruth. You won't find all 60 - some of those signatories were tricked into putting their name on that letter - but you'll sure see some familiar faces.

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