Bringing Intelligence To Bear On Climate Change

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell believes it is “appropriate” for global climate change to be considered in a future National Intelligence Estimate, according to a letter he sent to Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Around the DeSmogosphere

Here's what some of DeSmog's friends and fellow bloggers had to say this week:

Adam@TerraBlog writes:

A grab bag of compact-fluorescent related items this week. First up, the “wife test”: it seems women are at least partly to blame for the dismal adoption rate of CFLs in the U.S., despite the fact that women are more likely than men to express a strong willingness to make behavioral changes to fight climate change…”

Eli@Rabett Run writes:

In 1997 a mass mailing appeared across the US sent by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, a one barn, no horse outfit that had specialized in curricula for home schoolers of the frum persuasion. The mailing included a letter from Fred Seitz, who signed as the former president of the National Academy of Sciences, neglecting to mention his extremely profitable experience as a front for the tobacco industry…”

Meet the Devil: Hansen and Mann are "Fearmongers"

So who are the fearmongers again?

 

“The cycle of alarmist predictions is now well established. Not long before some new UN moot, a prominent fearmonger like James Hansen or Michael Mann will make a tremulous statement about the accelerating tempo of the warming crisis. The cry is taken up by the IPCC and headlined by the New York Times, with exactly the same lack of critical evaluation as that newspaper's recycling of the government's lies about Saddam's WMDs.” – Alexander Cockburn

The Tobacco Institute's Legacy of Spin

Big Tobacco, in the form of the Tobacco Institute and The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, wrote the book on manipulative PR tactics. Go no further than this 1982 news interview with a Tobacco Institute VP.

Sound familiar? Same talking points, bigger issue. We've acquired more than 20 hours of old Tobacco Institute video, so watch for more clips over the next few weeks on DeSmog TV.

Beck's "Climate of Fear"

CNN shock jock Glenn Beck's “Climate of Fear” special was a miserable failure in the cable ratings.

It most likely tanked because it played host to the usual global warming denier gang, using the same laundry list of global warming denial talking points.

See below for the youtube version of Beck's denier-a-minute special broken into six parts – and check out the research we have compiled on some of the better known global warming dinosaurs Beck features.

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