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Co-author (with Jim Hoggan) of the award-winning Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming, Richard has been Editor of the DeSmogBlog since its inception in 2005. Originally a newspaper reporter (the Ottawa Citizen, the Winnipeg Tribune, the Vancouver Sun), Richard has, since 1995, split his career between magazine journalism, activism and politics and corporate communications. On projects specific to climate change, he wrote the David Suzuki Foundation’s first public information package on global warming in 1996, was vice-chair of the Greater Vancouver Regional District's Air Quality Committee in 1996 and 1997 and sat as a delegate to the Canadian government's (failed) Kyoto Implementation Process from 1997 to 1999. Richard is a regular speech writer for many business and academic leaders.

The Disingenuous Environmentalist offers a solution with no funding model

Bjorn Lomborg, the Disingenuous Environmentalist, is (with the generous assistance of the Washington Post opinion page editor) once again fighting against any tax or regulation that might inconvenience his buddies in the fossil fuel industry. But, perhaps out of character, Lomborg is also proposing a very specific global investment - $100 billion US - in alternative energy research.

This is probably a good idea, although anyone who is even slightly skeptical of government might worry about empowering politicians to try to pick winners when it comes to financing research and innovation.

Smart economists (clearly a group to which Lomborg has no affiliation) tend to agree that the best way to address climate change is to ask the market to do it. You put a price on carbon - a price that begins to reflect the unfunded damage that CO2 (and other fossil fuel pollutants) do to the atmosphere - and let entrepreneurs act on that price signal and seek the most efficient solutions.

But Lomborg is suddenly a socialist - suddenly an advocate for direct government control and investment.

The Skeptic John Coleman: Charming, Grandfatherly - and not the least credible

The increasingly public “skepticism” of aging weatherman John Coleman raises an interesting question: Do you have to be corrupt to be wrong about climate change?

The answer, of course, is no. Notwithstanding the money that Coleman makes as a guest speaker for oily conferences organized by long-compromised groups like the Heartland Institute, he may be sincere, even well-intentioned about his personal campaign to dismiss climate change as “the greatest scam in history.”

But that doesn’t absolve him of responsibility, especially as he is leveraging a high profile to interfere in a debate about which he is clearly ill-informed. Because given his ability to command an audience, and given the public’s tendency to confuse weather with climate and to actually take someone like Coleman seriously as a scientific commentator, there is a real danger that people could believe what he says. And that would be a crime.

Hilarious Conspiracy Movie Features Lesser Canadian Denier

Tim Ball “on the outskirts of civilization”

A Jesse Ventura conspiracy theory video, warning that “global warming is a plot by a powerful cabal out to extort, tax and control you and every one of us,” features an incompetently disguised Dr. Timothy Ball playing the part of a scientist who is hiding “on the outskirts of civilization” in fear for his life.

The video is a production of “Tru TV” - some YouTube wannabe - and it begins with some spooky looking West Coast weather and a ditzy researcher saying, “I admit, I’m worried. Once we’re on the other side, I’ll be out of cell phone range.”

Scary! Except she is quite clearly riding a BC Ferry through the high-priced real estate of the Canadian Gulf Islands on her way to Tim Ball’s hometown of Victoria, B.C. She was likely in more danger - and about the same distance from “civilization” - while trying to get her manicure kit through customs in the Vancouver airport.

Canada Demoted from "Honest Broker" to "Lunch Date"

There was a time - hell, there was half a century, beginning with the Nobel Prize-winning work of later-to-be-Prime Minister Lester Pearson in 1956 - when Canada could be counted upon as an honest broker on the world stage. It was a country that you wanted at the negotiating table, because it could be relied upon to take a prinicpled position and because it had the capacity to exercise a little influence in the North American sphere. Uncle Sam has never had the capcity to listen closely but when Canada spoke, at least they listened.

Alas, apparently no longer. Regardless that Canada can surely claim status as a fossil fuel “super-polluter,” we Canada didn’t make the short list of five countries that actually negotiated the Copenhagen Accord. Canada didn’t even make the long list of 17 countries that U.S. President Barack Obama gathered around him when he first arrived at COP15.

But there was one list that Harper topped: a group of mostly second-and third tier nations whose leaders were just bursting to tell the folks back home that they’d met the U.S. President. Admittedly, Harper and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres had met Obama before. But they were reduced to rubbing shoulders with former East Block “giants” like the presidents of Georgia and Montenegro.

COP15 "Deal" - Not Fair, Not Ambitious, Not Binding

COPENHAGEN - There is, finally, a Copenhagen Accord - a deal that is so unfair, so unambitious and so devoid of commitment that the countries of the world could agree only to “take note” of its existence. There was no hope whatever that everyone would actually “approve.”

As reported through the night, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a modestly celebrated accord late last evening, taking fulsome credit for having saved the day in a private negotiation with China, India, Brazil an South Africa - what Bill McKibben later described as “a league of super-polluters.”

But this back-room resolution - greeted with resignation rather than delight - was not destined to survive the night.

Lumumba Di-Aping, chief negotiator for the G77 group of 130 developing countries, snarled: “This deal will definitely result in massive devastation in Africa and small island states. It has the lowest level of ambition you can imagine. It’s nothing short of climate change scepticism in action.

“It locks countries into a cycle of poverty for ever. Obama has eliminated any difference between him and Bush.”

There is a Deal in Copenhagen

UPDATE: Ignore this

It’s sure to be derided as inadequate - it’s sure to BE inadequate if you were hoping for something that would actually solve the problem - but there are some great financing elements, and there will be more to come ….

Obama Mania Enlivens the COP Corps

It’s 9:18 p.m. Friday night and there’s nothing happening COP15.

The rumours - which have been resolutely negative - have ground to a halt. But when U.S. President Barack Obama is seen moving, reporters run, cameras click and an excited optimism sweeps over the place.

One such reported sighting resulted in a stampede into the press conference room, an event followed shortly after by an announcement from a UNFCCC media official assuring us that there would be NO press conference any time soon.

Twenty minutes later, Obama walked by again, and the press corps returned to the room in force. Still no president. Now, between two and three hundred reporters, photographers and camera operators are loitering about, hoping that someone, anyone - but most especially President Barack Obama - might sweep in, grab a microphone and give us an update.

Keep you posted.

Canada: ... and back home in Denierville

Science Denying Tory MP Can't Get Anything Right

The Conservative Member of Parliament from Okanagan Shuswap, Colin Mayes, writing in an error-ridden email to a constituent (reproduced in full below) has questioned the human contribution to climate change.

“Climate warming is happening,” Mayes said. “Just what the cause is has yet to be substantiated. Is it Co2 in the atmosphere, sun activity, or cyclical?  Is this a trend that will change as we have seen recently in cooling of temperatures and rebuilding of ice caps?

“A good book on this issue is “Climate Confusion” written by a Climatologist in the US.  It's worth the read.”

Climate Confusion is, in fact, not worth the read. It's author, Roy Spencer, is an increasingly embarrassing scientific outlier.

Canada: ... and back home in Denierville

Science Denying Tory MP Can’t Get Anything Right

The Conservative Member of Parliament from Okanagan Shuswap, Colin Mayes, writing in an error-ridden email to a constituent (reproduced in full below) has questioned the human contribution to climate change.

“Climate warming is happening,” Mayes said. “Just what the cause is has yet to be substantiated. Is it Co2 in the atmosphere, sun activity, or cyclical?  Is this a trend that will change as we have seen recently in cooling of temperatures and rebuilding of ice caps?

“A good book on this issue is “Climate Confusion” written by a Climatologist in the US.  It’s worth the read.”

Climate Confusion is, in fact, not worth the read. It’s author, Roy Spencer, is an increasingly embarrassing scientific outlier.

Canada Dismissed as a Player at COP15 Talks

Say Goodbye, Stephen In a last-ditch attempt to salvage something useful from the COP15 climate talks, U.S. President Barack Obama joined a group of world leaders in Copenhagen today.

Here’s who was on the list:

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