Thu, 2006-10-26 20:54Sarah Pullman
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Cornering Ford at SEJ2006

First night at the SEJ Conference, and things started off with a small bang as representatives from several major auto manufacturers – all men – took the stage for a panel discussion about alternative fuel vehicles, moderated by Jim Motavalli, Editor of E/The Environmental Magazine. Also speaking was one lone woman – representing the ethanol promotion board.

After they had all spoken, the audience was asked for questions. DeSmogBlog's Kevin stood up and asked his question of the Ford rep (paraphrased here). “If you say that you're so concerned about climate change, and acknowledge that it's happening, and are involved in things like Terrapass and alternative fuels, then why are you still funding think tank groups like the CEI, who have a position that climate change is not happening and is nothing to worry about?” The audience was as appreciative of his question as they had been of a couple of other pointed questions calling the auto companies on their apparent greenwashing.

Remarkably, Ford's senior representative up on stage didn't even attempt to answer the question, and instead turned it right over to one of his PR people, seated in the audience. “We completely divorced ourselves from that particular campaign,” she claimed, while members of the audience muttered in obvious disapproval and disbelief. She went on to say that while Ford does fund the Competitive Enterprise Institute – though not that campaign – they do acknowledge that climate change is a reality.

Kevin commented that that was the same answer he had received back when Ford had been revealed as a CEI donor during the time of the ridiculous ads.
Thu, 2006-10-26 13:56Sarah Pullman
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Morano vs Revkin Ready to Face Off!

While the SEJ Conference is packed with people and sessions that sound interesting, we're most looking forward to Friday night's session just pre-dinner – “And Now a Word from Our Critics.” This session, hosted by Christy George, will feature four speakers: Bill Blakemore, Dan Fagin, Marc Morano, and Andrew Revkin.

Marc Morano, as many of you may know, is a staffer for Senator Inhofe in all his current notoriety. Andrew Revkin is a long-time environment writer for the New York Times. It'll be interesting to see what Morano says, and equally interesting to see how his spin is received by the audience of environmental journalists.

The DeSmogBlog will be liveblogging from the session, reporting out on all the action. We'll also be posting a raw audio recording of the debate – so stay tuned to the site for that.
Thu, 2006-10-26 13:56Sarah Pullman
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Morano vs Revkin – Ready to Face Off!

While the SEJ Conference is packed with people and sessions that sound interesting, we're most looking forward to Friday night's session just pre-dinner – “And Now a Word from Our Critics.” This session, hosted by Christy George, will feature four speakers: Bill Blakemore, Dan Fagin, Marc Morano, and Andrew Revkin.

Marc Morano, as many of you may know, is a staffer for Senator Inhofe in all his current notoriety. Andrew Revkin is a long-time environment writer for the New York Times. It'll be interesting to see what Morano says, and equally interesting to see how his spin is received by the audience of environmental journalists.

The DeSmogBlog will be liveblogging from the session, reporting out on all the action. We'll also be posting a raw audio recording of the debate – so stay tuned to the site for that.
Thu, 2006-10-26 12:29Sarah Pullman
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DeSmogBlog at the SEJ Conference

The DeSmogBlog team are in Burlington, Vermont this weekend, for the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Annual Conference.

Vermont is cold and the famous foliage is fading, but we're excited about this weekend. There are some great sessions lined up, and lots of interesting journalists to meet. Plus, some of our best friends also have booths here – the CEI and the Heartland Institute, for instance.
Thu, 2006-10-26 12:06Bill Miller
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Study says Oil-sands firms could eliminate greenhouse gases for a mere pittance

Oil-sands companies could tackle climate change head-on by eliminating greenhouse-gas pollution, says a Pembina Institute report.

Released just days after the Conservative government announced a disappointing plan to restrict smog levels by 2010 and cut greenhouse gases in half by 2050, the Pembina study said companies already spend US$1.75 a barrel to remove lead from gasoline.

For just US $2.50 a barrel, according to the study, they could eliminate 100 per cent of greenhouse-gas pollution from tar sands, which are projected to contribute up to 47 per cent of the growth in Canada’s total emissions between 2003 and 2010 – making them the single-largest contributor to growth in greenhouse-gas pollution.

Failure to take action could render the oil-sands industry the main culprit in undermining Canada’s international climate-change obligations.

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