Tue, 2006-09-19 08:03Richard Littlemore
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Denial Campaign Raging In UK, As Well

We'd been suffering under the apparent misapprehension that the UK media was relatively unburdened by a climate change denial campaign, but George Monbiot, in this Guardian column, suggests that the “debate” also rages fiercely in some of the UK's most prominent dailies.
Monbiot is also releasing a new book, including this nice explanation of the participation of tobacco peddlars, oil merchants and flexible “scientists” in creating confusion about scientific issues. Much of this material will be familiar to anyone who has read Ross Gelbspan's excellent books, or who has been reading the DeSmogBlog, but Monbiot is a clear thinker and a nice writer. His essay is definitely worth a look.
Mon, 2006-09-18 14:13Sarah Pullman
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The Great Warming... of the Christians?

Climate change is a hot subject in film these days, it seems.

Joining the ranks is The Great Warming, a Canadian production that was shown on the Discovery Channel and that has been garnering a lot of attention in the American conservative Christian world, of all places.

The film, narrated by Alanis Morrisette and Keanu Reeves, is being targeted particularly at the powerful Christian lobby in the US (and timed to coincide with the approaching mid-term elections) because “some commentators believe the involvement of this traditionally Republican-voting group could succeed where countless scientists and environmentalists have failed and convince conservative sceptics who dismiss global warming as “alarmist” to change tack,” according to this article in the Telegraph.
Mon, 2006-09-18 13:56Richard Littlemore
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Corcoran Stumbles Onto Interesting Science; Emerges Unscathed

National Post's Terence CorcoranThanks to the National Post's Terence Corcoran for finding this story in the New Scientist magazine. It's an interesting report on new research into the role of the sun in global warming during the 20th century.

Corcoran's reportage, however, is another example of the lengths to which he will go to mislead people about the science of climate change.

Sun, 2006-09-17 14:15Richard Littlemore
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Climate Change Denier Inhofe's Law of Impartiality

In a 2003 speech titled The Science of Climate Change, Senator James Inhofe, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Works and the Environment, provided the following principles that he says guide his committee's attitude to climate change.

“That's why I established three guiding principles for all committee work:
  • it should rely on the most objective science;
  • it should consider costs on businesses and consumers;
  • and the bureaucracy should serve, not rule, the people.
Sun, 2006-09-17 13:52Richard Littlemore
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Teresa Heinz Kerry: Another Controversial Commentator

There is no science debate (about climate change); there’s a science fiction debate.”

When the luncheon speaker at the 60th annual convention of the National Conference of Editorial Writers uttered that quote, an editor from Indianapolis (with whom I had been arguing earlier), leaned over with a sarcastic snarl and said: “And now you know it’s true because your heard it from Teresa Heinz Kerry.”

It points out, yet again, one of the central problems of the “debate” about climate change. The people who are most qualified to speak about the topic (scientists) are often the most reticent. They live in a different world. They speak through the careful publication of their research. And they guard their professional credibility by couching their conclusions in the myriad qualifiers that always apply. As a result, the science argument is seldom expressed with the kind of strident conviction and clarity that is – how shall we say? – optimum in trying to win over a confused public.

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