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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.

Some Spin from Adler

On the lookout for miscommunication at the Science Skeptics conference, it was interesting to hear the gentle spin from Professor Jonathon Alder. In a presentation entitled The Fables of Environmental Regulations: A Re-examination of the Reasons for Federal Environmental Regulations, Dr. Adler built an impressive case suggesting that any federal intervention in the environmental regulatory field was problematic.

What Goes Around Comes Around

I once attended a Kyoto implementation process conference in Toronto during a snow storm so severe that then-Mayor Mel Lastman called out the military to help the population deal with nature’s irritability. The deniers, on that occasion, spoke up for “global warming,” overlooking the aspects of climate change that increase the likelihood of dramatic weather events.

It’s statistically and scientifically silly to an equal degree, but I was wishing this afternoon that I could invite those climate confusers to stand with me in the Pasadena sun during the breaks at the Skeptics Conference on Saturday. It was 34 degrees C, 94F for hardy Americans – leaving little room for a comfortable round of global warming …

A Conference with No Skeptics

Climate change “skeptics” attending the Environmental Wars conference in Pasadena sponsored by the Science Skeptic Magazine will have been disappointed by the stark lack of skepticism expressed by the morning speakers. As Sarah is also reporting in the accompanying posts, even the speaker who was invited specifically to defend the right-of-centre political position said unequivocally that that the science behind climate change has been proved beyond doubt.

An Impartial Climate Change Campaigner

Okay, just kidding. Dr. Tim Ball is one of the post evangelical climate science deniers in the country, so committed to the notion that humans are helpless to address climate change that he has launched a personal speaking tour, though not quite on his own dime.

He was recently speaking to the Ottawa Citizen Editorial Board, where he participated in this exchange – an example, perhaps of the care and attention that he takes to his professional interests:

Smug Corcoran Celebrates Kyoto's Demise

Financial Post Editor Terry Corcoran looks a little like a cat with big, canary- yellow feathers sticking out of every orifice now that it appears the Conservatives have successfully scuttled any international commitment in the Kyoto agreement.

His piece today is rife with the spin that we have come to expect from him on this issue:

Movie Week: Conspiracy Theorists Take Note

Conspiracy Theorists Take Note

Conspiracy Theorists Take NoteWe don't know anything about this movie aside from the trailer, but “Who Killed the Electric Car?” looks like a whodunit that will travel well with “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Lionizing Skeptics: National Post Defends Endangered Species

In a front-page on Saturday, the Joseph Brean made a 2,500-word case that the handful of Canadian contrarians who are skeptical about climate change are swell guys who are getting a rough ride from a brainwashed media.To his credit, Brean makes passing effort to address a couple of climate realities, but per policy, he carefully avoided speaking to any member of the scientific community who can easily debunk the skeptics' theories of clouds and solar forcings have caused the global warming that they can no longer deny.

Early Raves for An Inconvenient Truth

The early reviews are in for Al Gore's climate change movie An Inconvenient Truth, and so far the response seems to be effusive. For example, Claudia Puig of USA Today says, “What could have been mired in political rhetoric or techno-speak is instead illuminating, fascinating and sometimes frightening.”

Straight Goods on Climate Change Apologist Stossel

Georgia Straight Editor Charlie Smith weighs in with a whithering report on John Stossel, ABC's favourite 20/20 libertarian. Stossel is one of the guest speakers scheduled for the “Environmental Wars,” a Science Skeptics conference that will be held at the California Institute of Technology next week.

Don't worry, though, if you can't make the conference. The DeSmogBlog will be there, blogging live. Watch this space.

An Argument in Search of an Audience

From 2001 to 2004, Joyce Murray was the British Columbia “Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection” – an executive officer in a government that didn't even want to acknowledge the “environment.” (To their credit, the provincial Liberals have dropped the conceit and once again take ownership of a “Ministry of the Environment.”)

Regardless of her government's record (Murray says, “I was not able to bring forward as strong a Plan for BC as I intended (for various reasons I will not go into here!),” the former minister has been speaking out about the worrying abdication of climate change responsibility at the federal level. She submitted this article to the Globe and Mail and to the Vancouver Sun to no avail. We think it deserves some attention.