Fri, 2006-06-09 15:47Kevin Grandia
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Dr. Doug Leahey: Do any of the Friends of Science not lead back to oil and gas?

As the DeSmogBlog team continues it's research into the Alberta-based super skeptic society, the Friends of Science, it is becoming more and more surprising the links to oil and gas interests and the Harper Tories.

We're not even really trying, we type their name into Google and a barrage of questionable links, from legitmate sources pop up.

 The latest is the President of the Friends of Science, Dr. Doug Leahey, who, according to the Bercha Group, an Alberta Oil and Gas Consulting firm, is as an independent consultant to the oil and gas industry. Now if Dr. Leahey wants to work for oil and gas companies, the more power to him. We here at the DeSmogBlog, aren't about bashing big oil (unless it's warranted) and all about uncovering the PR trickery behind the climate change debate.

Fri, 2006-06-09 14:52Jim Hoggan
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Failing to Question the Sources of Climate Change Denial Isn't Fair to Citizens Concerned About Climate Change

(The following is a response to a recent op-ed in the Vancouver Sun.)

I am not a scientist. I am not a climate change expert. I’m a PR guy; I have been in the business for more than 25 years. So I know a public relations campaign when I see one, and lately, Canadians have been treated to a stunning example.

It began, in earnest, a month ago with wide release of a letter from 60 “experts” taking issue with the current consensus on climate change. That petition was repudiated by a second letter, signed by 90 of the top climate scientists in the country, but it didn't stop those in the first group from flooding the country's opinion pages with “climate skeptic” reports and, most recently, from hitting the talk circuit.
Fri, 2006-06-09 08:38Ross Gelbspan
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Bush on Climate: Less Action and More Research? Not Really!

Despite President Bush's call for more research – instead of action – on the climate crisis, his administration has just scuttled three major programs to monitor drought and rainfall patterns, cloud formation and extreme weather patterns.

Thu, 2006-06-08 16:22Sarah Pullman
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An Inconvenient Truth - Tomorrow Night in Vancouver

Tomorrow night is the opening of An Inconvenient Truth here in Vancouver!

The DeSmogBlog team will be at the 7:20 showing at Tinseltown, handing out our lovely stickers and taking in the show. We'd love to meet any readers in attendance – please don't hesitate to introduce yourself if you spot us.

Here's a link to some online reviews of the film so far. And if you want to see the trailer, it's up on Youtube here.

Hope to see you there…
Thu, 2006-06-08 12:23Ross Gelbspan
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Exxon Muzzles Its Own Board Members

Exxon Mobil Corp. has declined a request from pension fund trustees in seven states, including California, and New York City to discuss global warming with independent board members of the oil giant. The company said that instead, managers would meet with the pension officials this summer.



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