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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.

Smug Canada Stumbles on Climate Change

Canadians' comfortable impression about the country's environmental performance took another hit today with the release of a survey showing that Canada ranks 17th among the world's 21 richest nations.

Canada's greenhouse gas production (and it's failure to propose any workable policies to reduce that production were among the major factors blamed for the low standing.

Canada produces 23.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per person per year, where the average among the riches countries was only 14 tonnes.

Calgary Foundation, University of Calgary Launder Oil Industry Donations

A report in the Globe and Mail (Canada's reputable national newspaper), reports today on the slick funnelling of oil industry money into an astroturf campaign to attack climate change science

(note: the story only appeared in the Globe's print edition, but an online copy is available at the author's own website here).

The following excerpt explains how (the group is question is called the Friends of Science and “Mr. Jacobs” is a retired oil-explorations manager who is one of the group's founders).

Conservative Party Heavyweight Orchestrated Oil-backed Friends of Science

The DeSmogBlog has reported in the past the cozy connections between theBarry Cooper Friends of Science and Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party. Now it appears that the pivotal person is also involved in trying to cover up the funding that he arranged for FOS’s operations.

Charles Montgomery reported in the Globe and Mail today that University of Calgary Political Science Professor Dr. Barry Cooper played a lead role in wiping oil money clean through the University of Calgary and then passing it onto the “grassroots” Friends of Science.

Senate Committee Offers "Majority Facts"

Here's one we haven't seen before: the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works (James Inhofe, chair), is releasing a periodic “Majority Fact of the Day,” the Aug. 4 edition featuring an attack on New York Times columnist Bob Herbert.

Until now, I always thought a fact was … well, a fact, and I can only assume that Senator Inhofe calls his outburst a “majority fact” to distinguish it from … well, from an actual fact.

StopEsso: Look for a Franchise Opening Soon

Have a look at StopEsso, a quirky Canadian website working to organize a boycott of ExxonMobile's Canadian subsidiary, Esso. There isn't much information on the site about the organizers, so I have emailed looked for more and will report out when I hear back. In the meantime, my favourite part of the site is this invitation:

“Join in with other volunteers and campaigners in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and other locations or start your own group - contact [email protected] for Franchise Opportunities!”

Four Reasons We Don't Care About Climate Change

Great, if slightly dated L.A. Times piece by a Harvard psychologist who explains: “Why we're more scared of gay marriage and terrorism than a much deadlier threat.”

Sabre-rattling Amy Assails ThinkProgress

National Centre for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) president Amy Ridenour is in high dudgeon, accusing ThinkProgress of libel for posting the Bonner Cohen clip that the deSmogBlog noticed yesterday. Ridenour says it is “false and defamatory” for ThinkProgress to have suggested that the NCPPR or its associates are under the paid influence of the fossil fuel industry, from which Ridenour reports “total donations to us: less than one percent of our revenues, and for most of our history, zero percent.”

Chasing Amy: Ridenour Continues Fall From Grace

Among people in the climate change denial business, Amy Ridenour,Amy Ridenour president and founder of the National Centre for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), has always been one of my favourites. She seemed like a sincere and well-meaning idealogue, rather than someone who was on the take, and I was seduced by her folksy approach. I even liked the way she workd her three six-year-olds into every third post, suggesting that, for her, “family values” is more about family than about politics.

Emergency Memo for Tucker Carlson

Tucker CarlsonSpeaking in the royal “we,” MSNBC's Tucker Carlson proclaimed his ignorance of the cause of global warming in a clip that you can find here. If Tucker would take his fingers out of his ears and stop yelling, “Na-na-na-na-na-na,” pretty much anybody could explain it to him. We recommend the extraordinarily reputable sources here, or he could read the Media Matters for America wrap-up here.

For the rest of us, there is an entirely biased selection of Tucker Carlson quotes on SourceWatch. At least we presume it's a biased selection. He couldn't actually talk like this all the time, could he?

Regardless, if Tucker really has been wearing bowties since he was 14 (as he says in a SourceWatch quote), perhaps it's time that he loosened them off a little. He's clearly gained some weight and now they seem to be cutting off oxygen to his brain.

Self-serving Scientists are Missing Their Chance

There was a flurry of comments a couple of weeks back which, in part, repeated the argument that climate change is a trumped-up fiction created by a world-wide web of self-serving scientists, all of them desperate for a share of the government funding currently devoted to climate research.

I don't get this argument. Last time I checked, the Republicans had a death grip on the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S. government – and the Republican policy is to challenge climate change science on every front. (Exceptions made for Arnie Schwarzenegger, et al, at the state level.)