Sat, 2006-10-28 08:36Ross Gelbspan
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Scientific Debate Gets Personal

At a climate conference, climate skeptic William Gray accused IPCC scientist Kevin Trenberth of “selling his soul to the devil.”  Trenberth, in turn, blasted Gray for aligning himself with industry-funded skeptics.  
Fri, 2006-10-27 20:48Kevin Grandia
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Hot off the Press: Inhofe's Mini-Me Morano burned by climate change reality

Here it is DeSmoggers, hot off the press: a live audio recording of the Friday night fight at the Society of Environmental Journalists Conference. On one hand: Senator Jim Inhofe's communications director, Marc Morano, and on the other, ABC News investigative reporter, Bill Blakemore, New York Times environment reporter, Andrew Revkin, and New York University journalism professor, Dan Fagin.

Grab it here. Listen it to it, download it, and send it to your friends and family. In other words, get it out. No spin here, just a nice, round denunciation of Morano, Inhofe and the junk science they find in the sand where their heads are thoroughly buried. 
Fri, 2006-10-27 15:50Richard Littlemore
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Inhofe Aid vs. SEJ: "It's Not About Science"

Marc Morano, the outspoken aid to Oklahoma Senator and Environment Committee Chair Jim Inhofe took on the assembled mob at the Society of Environmental Journalists conference moments ago, and the only point of agreement was on Morano's opening promise: “I'm not here to debate the science.”

Rather, he was here (on behalf of his boss, who declined the invitation) to slag the media for its coverage of climate change and particularly for abandoning the position of “balance” that Inhofe and company would prefer.

Morano began by denying that his boss had ever dismissed climate change as a hoax, although neither he nor his boss have ever challenged the accuracy of this Inhofe quote, “With all of the hysteria, all of the fear, all of the phony science,” Inhofe said, “could it be that man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people? It sure sounds like it.”

Morano's most impassioned complaints were aimed at the media's “labelling” and its “failure” to label fairly.
Fri, 2006-10-27 13:13Ross Gelbspan
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A Chillingly Current Scenario

Scientists have uncovered more evidence for a dramatic weakening in the vast ocean current that drags warm water northwards from the tropics. The slowdown, which climate modellers have predicted will follow global warming, has been confirmed by the most detailed study yet of ocean flow in the Atlantic. Most alarmingly, the data reveal that a part of the current, which is usually 60 times more powerful than the Amazon river, came to a temporary halt during November 2004. 
Fri, 2006-10-27 12:04Richard Littlemore
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More PR Insight from an Early TASSC Master

Here's a great 2001 essay from the peer-reviewed American Journal of Public Health,  exploring the background of The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC) and the effort by tobacco giant Philip Morris to build a coalition of corporations willing to launch an attack on any science that might lead to government regulation.

One of the authors, University of California at San Francisco cardiologist and professor of medicine Stanton Glantz, said during a session of the SEJ today that the TASSC scientific advisors have turned into “multi-pupose naysayers,” and “now they're mostly working on climate change.”

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