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Wed, 2010-08-04 11:18Kevin Grandia
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America's Wetland Foundation dropped as sponsor of Be the One campaign

Last week, DeSmogBlog contributor Brendan Demelle broke a story about a campaign being run in the Gulf of Mexico called “Be the One” that listed its “sponsor” as America’s Wetland Foundation - an organization backed by major oil companies like BP, Shell and ExxonMobil.

Subsequent to Demelle’s article, Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock withdrew her public support for the “Be the One” campaign and has recieved a lot of positive coverage and praise for her decision.

The organizers of the Be the One campaign - a group called Women of the Storm - has now reassigned America’s Wetland Foundation from its status as the sole sponsor of Be the One campaign to that of a partner.

Lucky we took this screenshot last week [click to enlarge]:

 

Wed, 2010-08-04 10:44Kevin Grandia
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Want to Talk Northern Gateway Pipeline? Cancel your vacation

A Northern BC newspaper, the Kitimat Sentinal, has an article today talking about the impact Enbridge’s major oil spill in Michigan is having on the oil company’s proposal to run a similar pipeline from the Alberta’s tar sands to the West Coast of British Columbia.

It is a good read, but a note near the end of the article caught my eye regarding an upcoming community consultation that the “Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel” has planned:

“Aug 31 the Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel will be at Riverlodge in Kitimat for oral comments on the Enbridge submission.

People interested in commenting must register by August 18, by fax or mail.”

A community hearing in the last days of the summer holiday pretty much guarantees a poor showing of concerned citizens, something that I would guess would be a good thing if you’re bent on seeing this pipeline go through.

 

Fri, 2010-07-30 14:36Kevin Grandia
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Lexus: the Darker Side of Climate Denial

Blogger A. Siegel has stumbled across a pretty embarrassing spectacle put on earlier this year by Lexus.

As part of the launch of their “Darker Side of Green” Campaign, Lexus held a debate, hosted by comedian Sarah Silverman about whether climate change is actually happening.

Pretty unbelievable that this would get through their vetting process, unless of course they thought it was edgy or shocking enough to sell more cars.

Either way the debate did nothing more than propagate the myth that climate change is somehow not happening or something we need to worry about.

I would expect this kind of thing from the likes of former tobacco company spindoctors like the Heartland Institute than I would a company trying to promote their hybrid car.

You would also think that a debate about a complicated scientific issue like climate change would involve actual scientists who do research in the field. Instead, Lexus chose to have a filmmaker, who’s last film was a propaganda piece paid for by a mining company and a journalist (who made the best of a silly situation).

And the filmmaker, Phelim McAleer, does a good job embarrassing himself but that is beside the point.

Whatever carbon emissions Lexus thinks it’s going to reduce with its new hybrid were probably equaled out by the hot air produced at this ridiculous debate over something the likes of NASA and the US Academy of Science say is a real problem and something that needs to be addressed.

Fri, 2010-07-30 10:34Kevin Grandia
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New Website Wants to Turn Off Fox News

Author Marty Essen has started a new online project asking Americans to show their patriotism and Turn Off Fox News.

Whether it is the outright strange conspiracy theories of Fox host Glenn Beck or the subtler no-spin zone spindoctoring of Bill O’Reilly, Fox News has played host to many of the people we talk about here on DeSmogBlog everyday.

Essen writes,

“Unfortunately, unlike professional wrestling, where the predetermined conclusion is relatively harmless, Fox’s predetermined conclusions undermine elections, belittle the environment, embolden the paranoid, enrich the rich, and in general, divide our county.”

Well said. Help spread the message and help turn off Fox News!

Fri, 2010-07-30 08:46Kevin Grandia
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Nikiforuk on Hiding the Alberta Tar Sand's Dirty Truth

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Must read column on The Tyee today by Alberta tar sands expert Andrew Nikiforuk.

Nikiforuk uncovers the Alberta government’s attempt to make the tar sands look rosy to US lawmakers who are considering a $7 billion new pipeline that would run from Canada to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. He writes:

“Our sultry bedmates argue that all petroleum sources are getting heavier and dirtier and that Alberta taxpayers will soon spend between $20 billion and $60 billion over two decades on unproven technologies to bury the carbon in special cemeteries. And shouldn’t energy security trump climate security and silly green energy plans”

Read the entire article on The Tyee: Alberta Hides Dirty Truth as US Demands Tar Sands Facts

Mon, 2010-07-26 13:06Kevin Grandia
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Marc Morano Manufacturing the Hype.... again

Marc Morano, spindoctor to the climate denial stars and former aid to Republican Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) is breathlessly proclaiming in a large bold headline today that:

“Left-wing Env. Scientist Bails Out Of Global Warming Movement”

Took about 3 minutes on Google searching the name Denis Rancourt, who Morano is referring to in his post, to find that this is nothing even remotely new for Rancourt.

Rancourt  has been writing rants against the science of climate change for years.

Morano is trying to spindoctor this into a newsworthy story by making it seem like Rancourt is someone who was completely accepting of the scientific reality of climate change and then just woke up one morning last week and decided to jump ship.

What makes this all the more ridiculous is that Morano himself pushed the exact same story about Rancourt in 2009 when he worked for Senator James Inhofe.

Hopefully the mainstream media are smarter than that and take this story for what it is - pure hype.

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