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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.

Denying Dan's Debut

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Here's a treat, a www.desmogblog.com exclusive look at what really animates the climate change skeptics. Thanks for this first cut to the creative folks at Raincity Studios and to laughmeister Ken Hegan.

Dispelling the Myths of Global Warming

Here we go again: In this undated post on the Christian Broadcasting Neetwork, we get the whole irrational argument again, and again from the usual suspects, the Cato Institute's discredited Pat Michaels and JunkScientist (and tobacco shill) Steve Milloy.

The best line in this post is Michaels twisted positioning on climate change: “Climate changes - yes, humans have something to do with this change, but climate has changed in the past without human beings having anything to do with it. There was an Ice Age not very long ago – 5,000 feet of ice over Chicago, and look, here we are, thriving on a planet with an ever-changing climate.”

Fuelling Controversy: An Overview of Climate Debate Manipulation

A nice survey of the “skeptics” attack on climate science - and the public policy implications - can be found on the blog UKWatch.net.

For more on the who's who of the climate denial industry, check out our comprehensive climate deniers research database.


The Overwrought Hyperbole Institute

The gassy Competitve Enterprise Institute has reacted in horror to President George W. Bush's State of the Union admission that the United States is “addicted to oil.”

The CEI's Director of Energy Policy, Myron Ebell (the Oil-aholics Anonymous equivalent to an old drinking buddy), said in a post on the CEI site,

“President Bush might as well have said, ‘we're addicted to prosperity, comfort, and mobility, and I've got the policies to do something about it.’”

U.S. Censorship Bid is Textbook PR Manipulation

The U.S. Government's campaign to prevent its own scientists from speaking about climate change has all the earmarks of a professional Public Relations effort to control the flow of information.

Bravo to the Top 25 Green Energy Consumers

Check this great list of the top 25 U.S. consumers of green energy. It is, first of all, a tribute to some good corporate citizens like Johnson & Johnson, as well as companies that have made being green part of their business strategy (Whole Foods, Starbucks).

It's also revealing the consumer No.1 is the U.S. Air Force, which is undoubtedly more interested in the reliability of power in a crisis than in joining Whole Foods' campaign to green up the environment. It makes the point - better than we could - that alternative energy is good policy for lots of reasons, even beyond the benefit of saving the planet.

Junk Scientist Milloy Disrobed - Again

New Canadian Government May Shatter Kyoto

The Tyee, a “fiesty” on-line magazine that loves tackling stories that the mainstream media overlook, has the definitive piece on the Harper Conservatives' plans for Kyoto - and it's bleak, bleak, bleak. Canada's new federal government (this is being written before the polls close, so we're making an assumption) is seated in the oil-soaked western province of Alberta and has been hostile to the Kyoto Protocol from the outset.

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.