Mon, 2006-11-06 16:49Kevin Grandia
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Are the Estonians funding the NRSP?

Canada's latest and greatest climate change denial group, the Natural Resource Stewardship Project, has come up with a laughable reason for hiding it's funding sources. According to a recent CanWest News Service article, the NRSP's executive director, Tom Harris, states that “a confidentiality agreement doesn't allow him to say whether energy companies are funding his group.”

Unfortunately for Harris and his secretive little club, such a a statement does not diffuse speculation, it only begs the question more. What organization could be funding Harris's NRSP that necessitates such secrecy? Even the Competitive Enterprise Intstitute, an industry front group with a great deal more profile than the NRSP, readliy admits they lobby-for-dollars on behalf of of industry leaders like Ford Motor Company and ExxonMobil.

Mon, 2006-11-06 13:33Kevin Grandia
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The Oily History of Propaganda

DeSmog's friends at Plenty Magazine have produced an amazing short video on the history of propaganda by the oil industry. Follows straight through to those ridiculous “C02, we call it life” commercials produced by the Ford Motor Company/ExxonMobil-backed Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Mon, 2006-11-06 08:12Richard Littlemore
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Globe Comparison Humiliates Harper GHG Plan

And you thought this was humiliatiing?Globe and Mail energy reporter Shawn McCarthy begins a three-part series today on California's greenhouse gas policies - a batch of political initiatives that are helping to re-elect Governor Arnie Schwarzenegger in a season when most Republican politicians are pushing themselves onto the endangered species list.

Aside from positioning his economy to be a world leader in alternative energy technology, Arnie proves that being right-wing doesn't have to mean being in the pocket of the energy industry - a lesson that clearly escapes the Canadian Conservatives in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Calgary camp.
Mon, 2006-11-06 07:54Richard Littlemore
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Suzuki (the Car Company): Idiocy on Wheels

Suzuki XL7Although by no means the worst offender among the car companies, Suzuki deserves its share of ridicule for the way it promotes its big-car line. In a glossy flyer in the Globe and Mail today, Suzuki pitches its new SUV with a slogan that goes:

“X is for extra space to breathe, to think or to do as you please.”

Wouldn't it be nice if these guys had the tiniest sense of irony? X is clearly for extra pollution for other people to breathe, for thinking that your own appetites are justifiable (if necessary, for thinking that climate change is not your problem) and for doing as you please, regardless of the costs to others.

The new Suzuki, apparently, is for Hummerheads on a tight budget.
Sat, 2006-11-04 14:34Richard Littlemore
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The Four Stages of Climate Change Denial

This apparently came from treehugger, but we found it on heliosphan.

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