DeSmogBlog: Anthony Watts Is Right Because He’s Older Than Me

anthony-watts.jpg Last week, the leading climate skeptic blogger Anthony Watts criticized my writing based upon my age and looks—and other, er, observations: For the record, it is now official; Chris Mooney is a paid political hack disguising himself as a science writer. I’m going back to calling him a “kid blogger”, because no adult could have thought ...

DeSmogBlog: SPINalysis: Heartland’s Echo Chamber Shifts the Target

heartland logo.jpg President Joe Bast Dodges Responsibility – for Now It’s been a month since the Heartland Institute was caught in a St. Valentine’s Day Striptease – inadvertently exposing its entire budget and fundraising plan. Yet an objective analysis of the resulting internet and mainstream media coverage has to credit Heartland’s spin machine with having put ...

DeSmogBlog: Climate Change Denial Isn’t About Science, or Even Skepticism

David Suzuki.png Cross-posted from the David Suzuki Foundation's Science Matters blog. By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Editorial and Communications Specialist Ian Hanington. Let's suppose the world's legitimate scientific institutions and academies, climate scientists, and most of the world's governments are wrong. Maybe, as some people have argued, they're involved in a massive ...

DeSmogBlog: Fake Heartland "Scientist" Infiltrates Canadian University

CASS logo.jpg Bogus climate course “a source of embarrassment to the institution” An energy industry public relations man and lobbyist with no background in climate science has infiltrated Carleton University in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, teaching a course on climate change denial that other Carleton professors describe as “a source of embarrassment to the institution.” Tom ...

DeSmogBlog: Evaluation shows "Faked" Heartland Climate Strategy Memo is Authentic

heartland logo.jpg A line-by-line evaluation of the Climate Strategy memo, which the Heartland Institute has repeatedly denounced as a "fake" shows no “obvious and gross misstatements of fact,” as Heartland has alleged. On the contrary, the Climate Strategy document is corroborated by Heartland’s own material and/or by its allies and employees. It also uses phrases, language ...

DeSmogBlog: It’s a bird; it’s a hockey stick; it’s a faked document!

heartland.gif   Heartland response would be a useful PR tactic The Climate Strategy that was emailed to the DeSmogBlog with a package of material from the Heartland Institute’s Jan. 17 Board of Directors meeting is serving as an excellent distraction from the legitimate issues raised in the other documents and reinforced by the excellent research paper ...

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute Exposed: Internal Documents Unmask Heart of Climate Denial Machine

Internal Heartland Institute strategy and funding documents obtained by DeSmogBlog expose the heart of the climate denial machine – its current plans, many of its funders, and details that confirm what DeSmogBlog and others have reported for years. The heart of the climate denial machine relies on huge corporate and foundation funding from U.S. businesses ...

DeSmogBlog: Climategate Hackers Slither Again in the Night

climategate_cartoon.jpg Steal More; Reveal Less The Climagegate hackers appear to be at it again, spraying the internet with dozens of out-of-context quotes from a new batch of stolen emails – in a transparent attempt to disrupt the climate talks starting next week in Durban, South Africa. The emails, from a source that denierblogger Tallbloke identifies as "Our ...

DeSmogBlog: Anthony Watts and Defensive Reasoning: Three Episodes

anthony-watts.jpg Over the last year, I’ve had numerous blogospheric encounters with the conservative climate “skeptic” Anthony Watts, the author of WattsUpWithThat. In the process, I’ve been particularly struck by how Watts handles inconvenient evidence. Twice now, I’ve seen Watts make a mistake, and then seem to rationalize it, rather than simply correct it. I’ve also seen Watts ...

DeSmogBlog: The Daily Show Notes Irony of Koch-Funded Study Affirming Global Warming is Real

Last night's entire first segment of The Daily Show focused on the recent study funded by the Koch Brothers that confirmed (again) that climate change is indeed a reality – an ironic twist given the Kochtopus' track record of fueling the climate change denial echo chamber with upwards of $55 million. As described in an earlier piece on DeSmogBlog, "The [Berkeley ...

DeSmogBlog: Why Hard Core Climate “Skeptics” Don’t Change Their Minds

Muller001.jpg I’ve been watching with interest the blogosphere uproar over the release of results from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project centered around physicist Richard Muller [pictured left], which now claims to confirm that the world is indeed warming.  As Joe Romm notes, this is mainly newsworthy not for the finding itself—we’ve known this to be true ...

DeSmogBlog: Urban Heat Island – Favorite Skeptic Myth Debunked Again, This Time By Koch-Funded Science

berkeleyearth.jpeg Climate skeptics are once again proven wrong, and this time even Koch money can't skew the facts.   Have you heard the one from climate deniers that the “Urban Heat Island” effect has ruined all the weather stations and made the data they collect completely useless? The deniers claim any warming trend seen from ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Watts Up With the Internet? Motivated Bias on Climate Skeptic Blogs

Disconfirmation-Model.gif Recently, I’ve become aware that the prominent climate science skeptic blogger Anthony Watts has been challenging a number of my posts. Maybe it’s because in my most recent book Unscientific America, I made a big deal about a site that attacks climate science, like his, winning a “Best Science Blog” award. Anyways, Watts has gotten ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Denial-a-Palooza: Where Are All the Scientists That Deniers Love To Talk About?

all-alone-conference-funny.jpg Wake up and smell the fossil fuel funding. That’s right, it’s that time of year again: the Heartland Institute is hosting its Sixth (annual?*) International Conference on Climate Change over the next two days in Washington D.C. DeSmogBlog already revealed some of the oily sponsors behind the event. Now it’s time to take a look ...