Tue, 2006-07-25 03:00Sarah Pullman
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The DeSmogBlog is CanadaChanging

Be sure to head over to WorldChanging.com this week – they've got a whole “CanadaChanging” series going on, and it's full of interesting stuff.

Most interesting, of course, if we may toot our own horn, is the piece about what we're up to here at the DeSmogBlog.
The only answer, the DeSmog team decided, is to go after the credibility of those attempting to create confusion around climate change, something they have done with relish and great effect, doing investigations into the backgrounds of prominent skeptics, pointing out how often they are in the employ of industry, or lack climate credentials, or are known extremists ideologically (“some of these guys are very… unusual people, so to say”), and then sharing that information with the media through outreach and Google-bombing campaigns. They've been doing an increasingly effective job of destroying the credibility of denialists, helping to defang what may be one of the most morally criminal PR campaigns in world history.

We've got an audio interview to go with this piece – the actual conversation between Alex Steffen (editor of WorldChanging) and Jim Hoggan, which will be posted here shortly. I'll update this post when I've got the link!

In the meantime, enjoy… and don't forget to check out the rest of their great coverage at WorldChanging. They've got a veritable treasure trove of stuff about climate change for your reading enjoyment, along with many other issues too.

UPDATE: The audio file can be found here.

Mon, 2006-07-24 16:26Kevin Grandia
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Oreskes hits back hard

Science History Professor Naomi Oreskes has written a blistering piece inCan we add weasel? the LA Times today. Her motivation is the barrage of criticism she has been taking lately from an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal as well the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Normally, we would advise against scientists  responding to this public misinformation because it only adds to the appearance of a debate, which is exactly what the skeptics aim to do. However, Oreskes piece is very well written and clearly reinforces the message that the debate on climate change has been over for a long time.
Mon, 2006-07-24 14:57Kevin Grandia
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Lindzen wipes hands clean of oil and gas

The Journal News out of Westchester recently did a story on Dr. RichardRichard Lindzen Lindzen who they claim “…hasn't conducted any research for oil or coal companies.”

I guess it may be technically correct that Lindzen has never conducted “research” for oil and coal interests, but that of course would depend on how you define “research.”

Here is what we do know about Lindzen's connections to the fossil fuel industry over the years:
Mon, 2006-07-24 12:07Ross Gelbspan
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Energy-Funded Pol Launches Yet Another Congressional Mannhunt

Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Republican congressman from Kentucky (and a darling of the coal, gas, oil, auto and railroad industries), will be holding yet another set of hearings on the famous “hockey stick” climate reconstruction graph by Drs. Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley and Malcolm Hughes.  Mann indicated he will testify – even though his graph has become a lightning rod for climate-change deniers.

(They deniers seem oblivious to the fact that Mann's work has been thoroughly peer-reviewed and approved by a number of studies, most recently by the US  National Research Council.  They also seem not to understand that even if Mann's work were proved to be fatally flawed, it is only the latest of many scientifically approved studies that prove we humans, by our burning of coal and oil, are trashing the planet.)

Mon, 2006-07-24 10:36Richard Littlemore
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Looking on the Brighter Side, Perversely

Here's an Akron Beacon Journal, story on the implications of climate change for the Great Lakes. The bad news: Lake Erie is expected to shrink by one-sixth over the course of the next 64 years. The good news: what's left will be a “natural” coastline, unblemished by human obstructions.

This, unfortunately, is an example of why U.S. and Canadian industry get so crazy about the Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada, two of the agencies that participated in this lake-water review. 

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