Wed, 2007-01-03 16:45Richard Littlemore
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Truthiness: Tim Ball's Last Hope

“Computer models used to forecast climate decades from now are based on the same fundamentals as models used to predict next week’s weather.

No sensible person would bet on a seven-day weather forecast so why should Canada wager billions on what the models predict for a century from now?”

This quote, from an opinion page submission written by Tom Harris and Tim Ball, has a tempting ring of truth to it. (Stephen Colbert calls it “truthiness:” something that may not actually be correct but which nevertheless feels right.) Still, the statement is silly.
Wed, 2007-01-03 16:34Kevin Grandia
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Cigarette anyone?

The Competitive Enterprise Insitute, a DC-based “think” tank is in full crisis mode today after being fingered heavily in a Union of Concerned Scientist's report out today linking ExxonMobil's underhanded PR tactics to deny the realities of climate change to those tactics used by the tobacco industry to claim that smoking isn't bad for us.

Unfortunately, the CEI, in their efforts to distance themselves from the hornet's nest created by the Exxon/tobacco story, they forgot to take down the massive picture of cigarettes from the homepage of their website along with the banner headline: “District smoking ban threatens economic liberty.” Any bets on how long before they take it down?

Wed, 2007-01-03 16:07Kevin Grandia
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And CEI's response?

This is what you call full “crisis communications” folks. Myron Ebell, who is named in the UCS report, along with his employer, the Competative Enterprise Institute, have just issued a response over the PR Newswire. It's sweat time for Ebell, because his organization is going from bad to worse in the eyes of ExxonMobil, who has provided over $2 million in funding to the Washington think-tank.

Choice quote in the CEI release: “CEI does not deny that the global mean temperature is rising and that human activities may be responsible for some or all of the warming.”

So how would the CEI account for this commercial they ran earlier this year across North America?

 

Wed, 2007-01-03 15:46Kevin Grandia
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And Exxon's response?

Here's and ABC news article outlining Exxon's response to the Union of Concerned Scientists well-written and scathing piece on ExxonMobil.

Choice quote from Exxon's spokeman, David Gardner: “Even with many scientific uncertainties, the risk that greenhouse gas emissions may have serious impacts justifies taking action. What is clear today is that greenhouse gas emissions are one of the factors that contribute to climate change, and that the use of fossil fuels is a major source of these emissions.”

Wed, 2007-01-03 15:07Bill Miller
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Misquoted scientists cry foul over polar bear editorial

A Vancouver Province newspaper editorial criticizing the U.S. government for proposing polar bears as a possible threatened species has the scientists it quoted crying foul. Calling the US decision “a classic case of blinkered thinking,” the Province claims that Mitchell Taylor, manager of wildlife research for the Nunavut government, has been quoted as saying that, except for Hudson Bay, “polar bears appear to be overabundant.”

“I don't even know what “overabundant” means,” said Taylor.

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