Tue, 2006-09-26 07:13Richard Littlemore
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Inhofe Offers "Major Speech" on Climate Change Denial

A smoggy InhofeGrist has a wonderful clause-by-clause report of a speech by Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe - very entertaining.
You should also click through to the Inhofe press release, which tends to read like more satire after you have finished the Grist version.
One potential typo, though, with the Grist version of the speech. Grist writer David Roberts believes that he heard Inhofe accuse Al Gore of promulgating one of the “sickest scientific propaganda films” ever. According to Inhofe's press release, his text read “slickest” - but, as they say, 'check against delivery.'
Mon, 2006-09-25 16:41Richard Littlemore
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Tim Ball: World-class Climatologist or Santa Impersonator?

The Victoria Times-Colonist ran this letter Sunday:

Re: “A climatologist, not just a skeptic,” Sept. 21.

Tim Ball takes issue with an earlier description of him as a climate change “skeptic,” claiming instead that he is a “climatologist” fully conversant with “the absolute latest in modern science.”

Yet the record shows that since his retirement as a University of Winnipeg geography professor in 1996, Ball has aligned himself with oil-industry front groups (Friends of Science, Envirotruth) and traded on a very light resume to sustain his busy calendar as a speaker and lobbyist against the Kyoto accord.

Mon, 2006-09-25 16:11Richard Littlemore
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Poor, Lonely Fred Singer, Standing up for PCBs and Dioxin

Amy RidenourIf Dr. S. Fred Singer didn't have Amy Ridenour to stand up for him, you'd wonder how he could bear the strain of being the only “honest” scientist in the world. Apparently, everyone in the global scientific community who doesn't agree with Fred and Amy is a fake, a fraud or a liar - or is being duped by one of the three. At least, that's the conclusion that Amy makes in this post from her National Center for Public Policy Research.
Mon, 2006-09-25 15:22Kevin Grandia
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Farewell Pruden, you'll be missed

Looks like Wes Pruden is on the outs as Editor in Chief of the Washington Times. Pruden has been a  regular climate change “skeptic” and did his personal best to confuse the public with his own pen and that of guest commentators spouting all sorts of junk science.

Of course, in the Nation report of Pruden's imminent ousting, there is no mention of Pruden's back-water stance on climate change, instead it was that he is alleged to be rampantly racist and sexist.

Goodbye Wes, you can retire knowing you did everything you could to delay action on global warming, and apparently make the world just a little more intolerant of women and minorities. Maybe someday it will keep you up at night.


Mon, 2006-09-25 10:40Kevin Grandia
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Smoking and asbestos okay for you, climate change doesn't exist. Ask around!

Australian Labour Party MP, Tony Burke, pens a great piece today in the  Daily Telegraph castigating “… a handful of sceptics willing to rail against the weight of scientfic opinion,” on issues ranging from climate change to tobacco to asbestos.

As MP Burke rightly states: “We should remember, when those with something to lose ignored the information about the dangers of smoking and asbestos, some very real victims emerged.”

Well said, and as regular DeSmog readers know full well, many of the same people who told us not to worry about tobacco smoke and asbestos are now telling us not to worry about climate change.

Here are a few examples:

Dr. S. Fred Singer
On Asbestos
“The US has spent billions of dollars removing asbestos from schools, and for no good health reason.” (link)

On Climate Change
“So, the global climate doesn't seem to be warming, causing considerable embararassment to scientists.” (link)

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