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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.

A Fresh Theory on Climate Change

We're not entirely certain these people are serious, but when you look at the stuff that Amy Ridenour writes (see next post), you can't be too certain:

The Church of the Flying Spagetti Monster has postulated that climate change is actually being caused by the decline in piracy. They even have a graph (Global Average Temperature vs Number of Pirates) that is at least as convincing as anything that Patrick Michaels has every produced.

Nurturing the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Pit

The latest member of our blog team (Alex Vondette, yay!!!), dredged up this Amy Ridenour post from earlier this month, another infuriating example of the circular argument that serves to promote paralysis in climate change policy making.

Spinning Science: Court Rules that Intelligent Design is ... Well ... Unintelligent

The good people of Pennsylvania, who already fired the school board officials who tried to foist Intelligent Design on their children, will be pleased at the court support granted today.

Still, regardless that Intelligent Design continues to be dismissed as a thinly veiled cover for Creationism, sites like the Intelligent Design Network continue to put up credible-looking fronts for this scientific fraud.

On an earlier post, I warned – only half in jest – that you shouldn't show this blog to your children, for fear of frightening them about the future of the planet. I changed my mind; the prospect of letting the ID crowd fill in the blanks is scarier still.

(Conditional) Good News on Climate Change

You have to read to the very last line of this piece, by James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Science, but it seems we are not yet at the tipping point.

The Republican War on Science

It’s a bleak book for Christmas, but Chris Mooney’s new book, The Republican War on Sciencegives unsettling new evidence that the political and private sector manipulation of “scientific fact” – which we notice so often in climate change – is endemic in George W. Bush’s Washington, D.C.

Dream on About a White Christmas

Okay, so I live in Vancouver and it hardly ever snows here at Christmas, anyway. And the nature of climate change – which increases the likelihood of unusual weather events – means a white Christmas may be more probably now than in the past. But we have a trend and the skiers aren't going to like it.

No Kidding; We're Green

In further pursuing “the truth about global warming,” (see next post), I've stumbled upon the Grinning Planet website which claims to be “saving the planet, one joke at a time.”

Alas, GP stumbled into the subject of climate change and found it, mostly, unfunny.

The Truth About Global Warming

Okay, so we're just here with strong opinions or, through the links at the right, with evidence-based science. If you want “truth,” you have to go to people with a religious conviction – or, apparently, to people with really big funding from the energy industry.

Can we suggest Patrick Michaels and Robert Balling, whose latest Cato Institute - sponsored book is called Satanic Gases: Clearing the Air about Global Warming (which, we have to admit, is a terrific title).

Top 10 Best Moments of Free Enterprise in 2005

Grab your sense of humour and run to Steven Milloy's most recent post on the “national conservative weekly” Human Events.

Touting a list of the “Top 10 Worst Moments for Free Enterprise in 2005,” Milloy opens by saying:

This annual list spotlights companies who have most egregiously abandoned their fiduciary and moral responsibilities to their shareholders and our free enterprise system, respectively, in favor of embracing the false and harmful social activist-promoted notion of “corporate social responsibility.”

Nods from Other Bloggers

Gosh, it’s nice to be noticed.

Thanks to these bloggers for thinking about us:

The Post-Normal Times, which prides itself on providing “all the news that doesn’t fit” on environmental science and policy decisions, said this.

The Green Life blog (“simple. healthy. sustainable”) said this.

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