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John Coleman: Still Waiting for that Lawsuit

There are cranky skeptics and then there are cranky skeptics. A perfect example of the latter – second only, perhaps, to our old favorite, Jim Inhofe – is John Coleman, the founder of The Weather Channel and San Diego weatherman. (As you might recall, Coleman very publicly broke with TWC last year when he accused the network of succumbing to “global warming alarmism.”)

Coleman has been peddling his brand of reactionary skepticism for years – memorably calling it the “greatest scam in history” – culminating in his recent appearance on Fox News’ “Red Eye,” during which he vowed to sue Al Gore for fraud. Yes, you read that right: sue him.

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Obama named SmogMaker of 2007

Prize honors those who sow confusion and delay on Climate Change

Update: DeSmogBlog withdraws Obama Award
 

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has captured the inaugural 2007 SmogMaker Award for blowing smoke on global warming, the DeSmogBlog announced today.

Global warming is an environmental problem, not a political one. And people who try to ‘solve’ it with political or public relations spin are just making the problem worse,” said James Hoggan, co-founder of the DeSmogBlog.

The Top 5 YouTube Global Warming Videos of 2007

At DeSmogBlog we monitor Youtube on a daily basis looking for the videos that effectively convey the reality and urgency of global warming.

Here's this year's top 5…

Steve Milloy's compact fluorescent & mercury junkscience

For someone who fights Junk Science, Steve Milloy sure likes to spread… well, the junk science.

Remember the story a while ago about the lady who paid over $2000 to have the mercury cleaned up when she accidently smashed a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL's)? If not, here's the alarmist piece Steve Milloy wrote for Fox News on the matter.

According to most reports on mercury and CFL's this lady was most likely a victim of a dubious clean-up crew than she was of mercury poisoning. Energystar reports that the amount of mercury in a CFL is about 100 times less than that found in your average thermometer (pdf).

Fox News continues spreading misinformation on climate change

Media Matters has another example of Fox News spreading misinformation. This is despite the commitment to fight global warming made earlier this year by NewsCorp. CEO, Rupert Murdoch, whose company owns Fox News.

This latest example of global warming misinformation is the most blatant yet.

Fox News Still Spewing Smoke Despite Vows to Clean Up

Despite a very public announcement by News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch, to reduce his corporation's carbon footprint and encourage companies who work with them to do the same, Fox news continues to feature opinions that challenge, ridicule and misrepresent any forward thinking around combating global warming.

The latest attack comes from host Sean Hannity who calls carbon offsets a 'sham' and a 'crock' and, suggests that purchasing offsets is akin to buying one's way out of committing adultery. On the other hand, Rupert Murdoch has endorsed carbon offsets, saying that they are a measure to be taken when emissions are unavoidable.

I wonder if there's anyway to offset Hannity's verbal pollution? Perhaps Murdoch should address reducing his appearance entirely and that might legitimize an intention that we've yet to see any evidence of on Fox. Thanks to Media Matters for the editorial.

Sorry Gunter, Even Fox News Doesn't Buy the "Global Cooling" Myth

Here's an opinion piece by Lorne Gunter that ran in yesterday's National Post about “global cooling.”

Even Fox News doesn't buy into this myth that is propped up as somehow refuting the current science around climate change.

Is Fox News finally turning the Climate Change Corner?

Fox News has always been the sweetheart media source for the global warming denial industry, but this web-article published today on the Fox News site might just be a first step towards pulling their collective head out of the sand.

Yes, the story does quote the typical global warming skeptics like William Gray and Richard Lindzen, but the overall tone of the article is atypical for Fox.

Check it out. What do you think? Keeping in mind where they started, is Fox News slowly meandering down the right path?

Maybe it was this hugely popular video that finally shook their heads a bit.

DeSmog TV Episode 6: solar activity, Fox News, Rupert Murdoch and a bug!

Murdoch's Green Image Mucked by Fox News Misinformation

Here's a video produced by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films chronicling the Fox News attack on climate science. These attacks continue despite highly publicized promises by News Corp. CEO and owner of Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, that his company would be cleaning up its collective climate change act.

H/T to Crooks and Liars.

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