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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.

NCPA: Standing Up for Third World Pollution

Here's a bit of strategic confusion from the National Center for Policy Analysis, another in the seemingly endless stable of think tanks that trace their funding to oil-based foundations like Koch and Scaife, or directly to ExxonMobile.
NCPA writer Pete Geddes begins by saying, “Assuming the worst with respect to climate change, greater consumption of fossil fuels is reasonably likely to result in serious environmental harm.” Fair enough.

News Flash: Jim Inhofe Might be Right About Something

The entertaining blog Jim Inhot Water tees off on the hapless Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, on this occasion for his hostility to alternative fuels, and especially corn-based ethanol. But, coincidentally, the equally entertaining Bob Park also attacks ethanol again in this instalment of his weekly e-newsletter.
Park, for those unfamiliar, is a true scientific skeptic, with a wary eye for a fraud and a sharp wit. We highly recommend signing up for his listservice.

Who's Saving the Electric Car?

Wegman Wiggles Out of Hockey Stick Accountability

Here's a great post on the hateful hockey stick. On one hand, I hesitate even to raise the subject because deniers have used the famous Mann hockey stick graph so effectively to distract attention from the scientific consensus on climate change. On the other hand, it now seems that one of the most recent and most-quoted hockey stick critics. Dr. Edward J. Wegman, is dodging his responsibility to back up his numbers.
Also, if you read down on the RealClimate post to comment #6, you'll find an interesting bit of criticism of the graphs that Wegman uses to make his critical argument. And if you click through to Wegman's voluminous report, and go to figure 4.1 on page 30, you'll find the graphs in question originated not from Wegman, but from McIntyre and McKitrick, the economist and the statistician who first criticized Mann's original work.

Blogging Tory flogs climate skeptic vid; tries to cover up

As Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government prepares to abrogate Canada's Kyoto commitment, it's a concern to see his political backers also  promoting a climate change disinformation campaign on the sly. It smacks of political dirty trickery - tawdry and vaguely dishonest.

The principal disinformation vehicle this time around is a video series created by the oil-and-gas apologists at Friends of Science. Climate Catastrophe Cancelled: what your'e not being told about the science of climate change (see here, here, here, here and here) is available on the FOS website and has popped up a couple of times on Whenever it does, we at the DeSmog have appended a comment, pointing out the degree to which FOS has been exposed as a pseudo-science astroturf group fronting for the Alberta energy industry.

Melbourne Age: Damned When Praise is Faint

IPA's Alan MoranAs if in punishment for an idle compliment that I posted only yesterday, the usually reputable Australian daily, the Melbourne Age, embarrasses itself today with a piece by Alan Moran, director of the Australian Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) deregulation unit.
We have written before on the IPA's status as a mining and energy industry front group. The Age, like so many credulous newspapers, should be ashamed of itself for publishing this kind of confusing and scientifically suspect material from industry backed lobbyists who are presenting themselves as climate change experts.

Journalistic Perversity: How to Make News Wiggle

Here's an interesting piece from The Australian, a presumptuous down-under daily that has traditionally offered a soapbox to climate change deniers.
This is, overall, a balanced article, but the lead shows how much the journalistic choice of emphasis can change the nature of a story.

Given an advance look at the Draft Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (a good scoop for any journalist), the writer chooses to suggest that things are not as bad as the “alarmists” have predicted, saying:

Skico Joins Climate Change Case Against EPA

As reported here in the Aspen Times, “the Aspen Skiing Co. on Thursday joined a major U.S. Supreme Court case against the Environmental Protection Agency to recognize greenhouse gas emissions as pollutants.”

It's another reminder that a lot of corporate profits rest on climate stability. The naysayers keep prattling on about the cost of addressing global warming. And increasingly large corporate community is recognizing the high price of failing to do so.

Preston Manning Takes a Swipe at MP's Science Illiteracy

Preston ManningThis for Canadian political policy wonks:

In an opinion piece in yesterday's Globe and Mail, the conservative elder statesman Preston Manning took a not-very subtle shot at the degree to which new Members of Parliament in Canada are prepared for their duties.

Manning says:

“There are an increasing number of public issues - from climate change to the demands of the knowledge economy, from the biotech revolution to coping with AIDS and the H5N1 virus - the understanding and resolution of which require a comprehension of basic science and an ability to critically assess scientific opinion. 

In addition to formal training, these skills can be developed by visiting reputable science websites, reading science literature, attending science lectures for general audiences, cultivating scientific acquaintances, visiting science projects and laboratories, urging one’s party to develop in-depth policy positions with respect to science, technology and innovation, and participating in that development. The time to do all this is before, not after, seeking nomination for public office.”

Terence Corcoran "Sincerely Sorry" for his Sloppiness

Like a child apologizing through his teeth, Financial Post Editor Terence Corcoran offers an apology today that is anything but contrite.

Most obviously, Corcoran backed off several actionable errors that he had earlier inflicted upon Globe and Mail writer Charles Montgomery and University of Victoria Prof. Andrew Weaver. But when it came, for example, to acknowledging that Montgomery was correct in describing how a University of Calgary political scientist helped launder oil money for the climate-change denying Friends of Science, Corcoran immediately twisted himself into another denial. Corcoran writes: