Tue, 2006-12-05 15:12Richard Littlemore
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Big Oil Has Big Bucks for Image War

The PR blog Potomac Flacks reports that the American Petroleum Institute (API) is planning a $100-million “image and education effort” to counteract the change in policy direction that the fossil industry (sorry, fossil fuel industry) acticipates from the new Democratically dominated Congress.

Quoting a very short piece in the National Journal, PFlacks reports that the campaign “much of which will be coordinated by the PR firm Edelman, will include expensive television, radio, and print ads, tours of oil patch facilities for lawmakers and opinion elites, and financial contributions to sympathetic think tanks and industry-friendly organizations.

Tue, 2006-12-05 15:12Kevin Grandia
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A little taste of Inhofe's Committee of Misinformation

Tomorrow morning, the Committee for Public Works and the Environment will hear testimony on the media's reporting on the issue of climate change. Thanks to DeSmog's vast information network and army of DeSmog Detectives, we have received advanced copies of the all of the testimony, but I think we'll just give you a teaser today.

Attached is the testimony of Dan Gainor who has absolutely no background in climate change and boasts a Master's Degree in Production Design. Mr. Gainor is a staffer at the Business and Media Institute, a subsidiary mouthpiece of the ExxonMobil funded Media Research Centre.

Tue, 2006-12-05 11:25Bill Miller
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Tim Ball's better, warmer world at odds with new famine forecast

New forecasts say climate change will reduce South Asia’s wheat-producing area by 50 per cent. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) urges accelerated development of new strains of maize, wheat, rice and sorghum. CGIAR links 15 non-profit research institutes around the world working mainly on agriculture in developing countries and the tropics.
Tue, 2006-12-05 11:00Jim Hoggan
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Happy Birthday to the DeSmogBlog!!!!

Today, December 1st, marks exactly a year since the DeSmogBlog went live, striking out to challenge those people who try to make climate change a political story – and not a scientific one.


They exist in abundance. Despite an overwhelming global consensus that human activity is causing climate change, there remains a small but well-funded core of deniers – people who will go to almost any length to cast doubt upon a scientific reality that grows more obvious, and more frightening, by the day.


A huge number of those people work for “think tanks” in the U.S. and Canada…


Tue, 2006-12-05 10:43Ross Gelbspan
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Sick of Reading About Climate Change?

CDC: If carbon dioxide emissions were to stop today, health experts would still face the challenge of protecting people from the harm of climate change today and in the future.

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