Writings of J. Todd Ring: Climate Change Deniers

The scientific community is in near unanimous agreement on the issue of human-caused climate change: so much so, that there is not a single serious scientific journal which will now publish a paper denying human-caused climate change, since it is viewed by the scientific community that the debate is over, considering the mountain of evidence ...

A. Picazo: Inoculating Against Science-Denialism

This op-ed appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on February 10, 2015.  There’s an illness sweeping its way across North America, one which has long-troubled the scientific community and baffled even the most seasoned medical expert. This problem isn’t new, but was once considered primarily a threat to underdeveloped nations which have yet to fully reap the benefits of ...

Politics, Re-Spun: How to Spot an Ecology Troll

Start with an oil spill apologist/minimizer. Work with the twisted logic that since all ships and oil tankers don’t crash all the time, any concern over one that might [and our government’s pathetic incompetence in prevention and disaster-aversion] is eco-hysteria. Pay any attention to and RT anything Ayn Rand. Then spot allied apologists. Then follow ...

Politics, Re-Spun: White Privilege and Entitlements, On Acid, Sans Irony

I’m white, so I’m qualified to explain that white privilege and entitlements don’t exist? So shut up? Enjoy the stupid, ignorant, red herring cultivating and watch the white host infantilize and berate the non-white guy. So Sun TV recently decided to convene a panel to debate whether or not “white privilege” exists. Four participants in ...

Melissa Fong: National Anthem: A poem; “Year of reconciliation? Prove it.”

A poem on our state of denial.

Politics, Re-Spun: Occupying Homelessness?

Homelessness isn’t a policy thing regarding random people. It’s a thing for actual people. It’s not abstract, it’s in our face, yet we live in denial. Clearly, I’m no brain surgeon. But if there are homeless people, a civilized culture would find a way to use a progressive tax system to house them. Simple. Homelessness, ...

350 or bust: Choosing Not To Know

An excellent TED talk on willful blindness. The speaker, Margaret Heffernan, doesn’t mention climate change, but everything she discusses applies to the majority of attitudes toward this urgent situation.

Politics, Re-Spun: Climate Change Denial Affirmations

The sky is not falling. It’s just the end of this ice age. Extreme weather events are not related to each other. The climate is not a global system of feedback loops. Ecology is spin from tree-hugging, granola-eating hippies. Ice melts. The global insurance industry is only talking about climate change because it wants to ...

DeSmogBlog: Senator John Kerry Speaks the Scary, Ugly Truth on Climate Change

Screen shot 2012-06-19 at 4.37.47 PM.png There are precious few voices in the U.S. capital these days that are speaking the truth about climate change. Which is what makes Senator John Kerry's speech on the Senate floor today so powerful, and so necessary.  In his speech, which clocked in at nearly 55 minutes, Senator Kerry attacked ...

350 or bust: Global Warming Debunked

Well, okay, maybe not so much debunked as, well, confirmed.  Oops – it  turns out we should still be worried, and working our butts off to preserve this wonderful world for our children and all the yet-to-be-born children. This video looks at four examples that clearly illustrate the impact of a warming planet: the reduction ...

DeSmogBlog: The Business of Risk – Insuring Against Climate Change

Insurance_Photo.jpg When it comes to assessing risk, the insurance industry is one of the leaders in the field. Whether it is health insurance, car insurance, or homeowner’s insurance, the industry is forced to analyze every possible scenario for a given person or structure, and impose a fee based on the likelihood of events for the ...

DeSmogBlog: Climate Change Spin A Growing Problem For Fox News

fox global warming.jpg When it comes to climate change denial, a new study shows that the folks at Fox News are leading the pack. Through politically-charged news segments and commentary, Fox News personalities are helping spread misinformation about climate change while convincing their viewers that scientists are torn on the issue. The International Journal of ...

DeSmogBlog: Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation Mistaken On Actual Facts

gwpf.jpg A UK-based climate change denial think-tank has been caught making serious misrepresentations on climate policy which go against the guidelines of the UK's charity regulator. The Global Warming Policy Foundation, set up as a charitable organisation by former UK Conservative finance minister Lord Nigel Lawson, has been gaining traction in some media outlets who are ...

DeSmogBlog: Australia Gets a Price on Carbon Despite Toxic Anti-Science Campaign

carbon_rally.jpg THEY paid millions of dollars for adverts on television, in newspapers and online. They flew in climate change deniers from across the globe. They held rallies, engaged prominent right-wing media personalities, threatened scientists and turned the cold non-partisan findings of peer-reviewed science into some kind of blood sport. But despite what was surely the dirtiest ...

DeSmogBlog: How The Australian Newspaper Warps The World of Climate Science

badnews_cover.jpeg THERE is a publication in Australia where for every one story you read which agrees society should take firm steps to combat climate change, there are four stories suggesting we shouldn’t. When climate change is viewed through the pages of this publication, most of the world’s “experts” think it’s either not happening, not worth worrying ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Meet Marlo Lewis: The Dirty Energy Industry’s Best Friend

marlo lewis.jpg When polluters needs someone to write an industry-friendly article, or make an appearance in the media to argue against the science of climate change, they often turn to a man named Marlo Lewis. A senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), Marlo has been on the front lines of the energy industry’s ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Students Get Lobby Group Material From Chris de Freitas in Climate 101 Lectures

chris-de-freitas.jpg New Zealand-based academic and climate sceptic Dr Chris de Freitas has been caught using material from US lobby groups in lectures to first year university Geography students. Students who listened to the “Geography 101” lectures on climate from Dr de Freitas, an associate professor at The University of Auckland’s School of Environment, admitted to ...