Thu, 2006-11-02 15:11Kevin Grandia
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The "JunkScience" Coup d'etat

Let's trash the junkman A lot of public relations technique rests in language. It is built in the nuanced choice and combination of
words that are developed and tested through public opinion research - through polling and focus groups.

For example, Republican pollster Frank Luntz has made a career of massaging language to his clients advantage. In Luntz's now infamous enviro-speak memo (pdf) to the republican party, he advises the following:

Thu, 2006-11-02 14:59Richard Littlemore
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On Chris Essex, Politics, Accountability and Climate Change Denial

University of Western Ontario statistician Dr. Christopher Essex, previously an energetic campaigner in the battle to deny climate change, has apparently decided to take the reward for his political lobbying and head for the hills.

Essex,  appointed Tuesday to the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), has distinguished himselves in certain circles as one of the climate “experts” who deny the international consensus that humans are causing climate change. He co-authored a book, Taken by Storm, with the notorious climate change denier Ross McKitrick (he of the anti-hockey stick campaign) and he has been touted from the beginning as one of the Friends of Science, the oil-industry funded front group that lobbies against climate change policy. Essex has been a featured speaker at Fraser Institute Kyoto-bashing sessions, and he was one of 19 Canadians who signed the Letter of 60 to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, again urging inaction on the climate file.
Thu, 2006-11-02 11:05Sarah Pullman
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Climate change warrior wields political clout

 Two hot-off-the-press polls suggest fighting climate change has attained coast-to-coast approval. A survey by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows Americans rank climate change as the nation’s most pressing environmental problem – a dramatic increase from its sixth-place ranking just three years ago.

The timing of the MIT poll dovetailed with a Field Poll survey in California giving Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger a 16-point lead over his Democratic opponent – the widest margin in two decades for a gubernatorial front runner just days before an election. The previous poll in late September showed Schwarzenegger with a 10-point lead in late September over former real-estate developer and now State Treasurer Phil Angelides.
Thu, 2006-11-02 08:37Ross Gelbspan
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Exxon Veteran Raymond the "Jack Abramoff" of Climate Concern

In response to the news that the Bush Administration has tapped former ExxonMobil Lee Raymond to head up a panel to plot America's energy futureone critic said:  “It's like putting Jack Abramoff in charge of fighting corruption.”
Thu, 2006-11-02 08:25Jim Hoggan
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India Joins Anti-Kyoto Asia Pacific Partnership

On a day when British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett was urging India to join the fight against climate change, the country announced that it is throwing its lot in with the industry-oriented Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP).

The anti-Kyoto APP is an international body including Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. It has been presented as an alternative to the United Nations-sponsored Framework Convention on Climate Change, albeit one that rejects the notion of enforceable climate change measures such as those negotiated in the Kyoto Accord. Instead, the APP is dedicated to increasing GHG-causing industrial and energy development, promising only to improve the relative environmental cleanliness of those developments


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