Fri, 2006-07-14 10:58Kevin Grandia
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When the Right spins Darwin there’s bound to be trouble

If intelligent design wasn’t strange enough, the right-wing is now looking to use Darwin and evolution to spin climate change. Charles Darwin

Thomas Brewton at the Conservative Voice has decided to make the illogical leap of faith (read: spin) between scientific predictions of mass flooding, intensified storm, wildfires and drought caused by global warming and the concept of catastrophism, defined as “… the doctrine that at intervals in the earth’s history all living things have been destroyed by cataclysms and replaced by an entirely different population.”
Thu, 2006-07-13 22:46Kevin Grandia
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NEWS ALERT: CNN's Lou Dobbs says "discussion is over..." Get on with solutions!

Lou Dobbs interviewed Gavin Schmidt, Michael Mann and Alan Robock tonight about global warming and states that the debate is over on his program. Dobbs wants to focus not on whether there's a problem and what is responsible, but rather on finding solutions.

Thu, 2006-07-13 21:07Kevin Grandia
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Jim Hoggan on CBC Early Edition

For all of our Canadian listeners, Jim Hoggan will be on CBC Early Edition CBC logotomorrow (July 14th) with host Rick Cluff at 7am (pacific time).

Topic: PR spin confusing the public on the issue of climate change.

Thu, 2006-07-13 17:47Kevin Grandia
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CNN's Beck: forget climate change, we got ourselves a war!

Beck: “… Bush alone fighting 'World War III,' while Gore worries that “[t]he ice is starting to melt in Greenland.” Can you walk and chew gum??

Beck's logic is dumfounding: if we are at war, the US administration cannot possibly act on anything else . I guess this logic does hold if you can't walk and chew gum at the same time.
Thu, 2006-07-13 09:09Sarah Pullman
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Jim Hoggan and DeSmogBlog on The Tyee

Be sure to pop on over to The Tyee this morning, to read the front page coverage of the DeSmogBlog. It's a great piece resulting from a conversation that Jim Hoggan had with David Beers on June 13, 2006, talking about the PR industry, climate change, and the DeSmogBlog, among other things. You can listen to the actual audio interview here.

One great highlight, talking about why the scientific consensus isn't reflected in the news media:
[That] is a testament to the power of public relations. Most people have heard it said that you shouldn't believe everything you read in the newspaper. Well, let me tell you, if you've spent your time with PR people, you'd feel that very, very strongly. Most public relations people spend far more time on a story than a reporter can. And many of those stories, particularly as they relate to climate change, are manufactured, basically. There is actually a group of people who are out there trying to confuse the public about climate change, and they are very skilful at it. These people are good communications people.
The Tyee is a great source of forward thinking online journalism, based right here in Vancouver. Their site is also home to a buzzing community of people who comment on the pieces they write, so take a moment to check out the commentary as well… and maybe even contribute yourself.

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