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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.

Opportunistic Bedfellows Give Positive Climate Forecast

Here's an interesting Montreal Gazette piece that links British Prime Minister Tony Blair, California Governor Arnold Schewarzenegger and the top 300 Canadian companies by market capitalization in a common concern about climate change.

This is reassuring for those of us exhausted by the narrow, but powerful group in the climate science denial lobby.

Is Climate Science Too Complex for Six-year-olds?

Amy RidenourHere is an anti-liberal-bias Newsbusters post that says climate change science is fraudulent because Amy Ridenour's children can't understand Science magazine.

(I know it doesn't make sense; we're just here to shine a light on this stuff.)

Gotta love Amy, though, for having the decency, courage and openness to post Russell Seitz's very funny rejoinder.

UK Communications Firm Advises on Climate Communication

The on-line Grist Magazine has found a really excellent guide to climate change communications here.

Skeptical Inquirer Weighs In on Journalistic Imbalance

Look here for a piece by American University Communications Professor Matthew Nisbet and The Republican War on Science author Chris Mooney weighing in on the journalistic challenges of covering climate change.

The piece appears on the Skeptical Inquirer site, but we found it through a Grist post that adds an additional interesting comment to the whole piece.

Leaked Memo Update: Electricity Producers Respond

For those of you who don't necessarily get back to the comments on older posts, it's worth checking here, for some electricity industry counterpoints on our coverage of a leaked memo from the Intermountain Rural Electric Association.

It is, frankly, nice to see American Electric Power trying to distance itself from the corporate disinformation strategy laid out in the IREA memo. It's a little harder to swallow the not-for-profit motives of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, but by all means, check out their comments and judge for yourself

CEI's Right Hand Has No Knowledge of its Left - Seriously ...

In response to reports that self-serving corporate donors funded Competitive Enterprise Institute's pro-CO2 television ads, CEI now claims that “we produced and were airing the ads without any involvement from our donors.”

Say what? Big-time corporate donors (including auto and energy industry majors) give CEI money. CEI uses the money to produce commercials that make oil refineries look pretty - but the hapless donors have no knowledge of, or investment in, CEI's output.

National Post Columnist Joins Anti-Blog Crusade

If I may be permitted an aside that is about blogging in general, rather than climate change in particular:

It's not clear where exactly newspapers sit on the endangered species list, but as their circulation numbers dwindle and their influence wanes, it becomes more and more common for their footsoldiers to lash out at the forces that will ultimately replace them entirely.

There is an example today in the National Post, a publication in more imminent danger of extinction than most. Commentator Adam Radwanski condemns the blogworld as somehow more narrowminded than conventional journalism, and he declares: “A newspaper can be liberal or conservative in its editorial stance, but there simply aren't enough ideologues in any given city for it to be sustainable as a one-sided pamphlet.”

TorSun Finally Discovers Crichton; and Both Are Still Wrong

A despairing reader of the Toronto Sun (is there any other kind?) brought our attention to a column by John Downing, who has stumbled upon Michael Crichton's pseudo-scientific novel State of Fear.

If you're looking for a serious scientific review of Crichton's fiction, follow this link and click on the attachment. For a slightly more light-hearted - but still very credible - view on Crichton's disinformation, check here and follow the link to realclimate.org.

Congressional Committee for Waste, Fraud and Abuse: Joe Barton, Chair

The Congresional Committee on Energy and Commerce has been entertaining itself of late with the “debate” on climate change science, and particularly with a “controversy” about the vitality of Michael Mann's hockey stick - an argument that is as irrelevant as it is out of date.

This becomes relevant, though, when you realize that the committee in question is also home to the Tipline, a whistleblower's outlet for reports of “Waste, Fraud and Abuse.”

May we suggest the Committee's own shenanigans as an obvious example: It is wasting its own time and taxpayers' money; it is promoting a view of climate science that is fully fraudulent; and its members, beginning most assuredly with Chair Joe Barton, are abusing their political power in the process.

So, feel free to click on the Tipline link and report Congressman Barton to himself. It's clear that he and his Republican colleagues are desperate for something useful to do.

Exxon Posts Explanation for Climate Dissembling

For anyone who is not clear why it would be in the interests of the energy industry to deny the accuracy of climate change science - or to delay any action to reduce the use of fossil fuels - this might be a clue. Collecting profits at the rate of $10 billion a quarter, Exxon executives clearly believe they will be able to afford to make whatever adaptations are necessary to live comfortably - however much he climate might change.

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