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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.

A Species that Doesn't Know It's Extinct

In an earlier post, I suggested that the “accredited experts” who signed an anti-climate science petition could be broken into three categories: Scientific Iconoclasts; Lazy Pseudo Experts; and Self-Interested Scoundrels.

I perhaps missed a category - as above: Scientific Dinosaurs whose numbers have dropped below the level that is critical for their survival. Their kind is extinct, even if they don't know it.

Financial Post: Disinformation Central

Loyal readers of the deSmogBlog will know that in our paranoid moments we are most outraged by “climate sceptics” whose goal is not to present a reasonable argument that challenges climate science, but merely to suggest that there is an argument, that there is doubt. Because, in suggesting that the science is not clear, they can argue for inaction; they can argue that we should stand back and do nothing – let market forces act as they may, without interference from government (or science).

Whether of Conspiracy or Stupity: Climate Sceptics are Culpable

The fake “scientific” controversy that has broken into the Canadian news media in the past week is another pained example of the industry-driven disinformation campaign that has so long characterized the climate change conversation in the United States. We should recognize it for what it is and dismiss it, quickly and decisively, in Canada.

Signatory Bails on Anti-Climate Science Petition

At least one of the 60 “accredited experts in climate and related scientific disciplines” who signed an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper denying the reality of climate change has recanted, saying that he was misled as to the content of that letter when he offered his name.

SUV's Outperform Hybrids in Energy Lifecycle: Interesting if True

An autmotive industry number cruncher called CNW Marketing Research has announced a study which claims that, “dust to dust,” high-polluting SUV's consume less energy than high-mileage hybrids. The CNW report claims to have calculated total energy consumption in the full lifecycle of an automobile, including construction and disposal, and concluded that SUVs have an energy advantage over gas-electric hybrids.

National Post Writers Overwhelmed by 2 Simultaneous Thoughts

Canada's national pretender - the National Post - is at it again, dismissing any notion of climate change on the grounds that while the weather has been warmer than usual in Calgary, it was colder than ever in Warsaw.

Inconvenient Truth: An Update

“When will we see a story about increasing levels of manmade greenhouse gases being a sign of progress? A story that points out that our use of affordable sources of energy continue to spur increases in global productivity, health, longevity, and quality of life in general? A story about the fact that the wealth that is generated by access to fossil fuels is just what will be required to develop and refine alternative energy technologies in the future?”

Accuracy in Media: A New Spin on the Spinners Spin

Accuracy in Media (AIM) is a New Right website that claims dedication to promoting “fairness, balance and accuracy in news reporting.” But this post gives a wonderful example of how twisted this “impartial” media monitoring has become. AIM assails MSNBC-TV host Keith Olbermann for suggesting that there might be a top-down, pro-Bush bias in his organization. Not possible, AIM claims, because NBC is owned by GE, which famously acknowledges that climate change is a real and pressing problem - in obvious contradiction to the Bush administration's position.

More on the Bush Attack on Science

Media "balance" on global climate change reinterpreted

EMagazine recently interviewed Eugene Linden, author of The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather and the Destruction of Civilizations.

Linden does a nice job of explaining one of the most critical problems in sorting out the PR bias of climate change. The boldface question is from eMagazine. Linden's intelligent answer follows: