Alberta Diary: Don’t let any ‘celebrities’ tell you different, we’ve got friends of science here in Alberta

Don’t worry: you have absolutely nothing to do with the apocalypse. You might as well mine more bitumen while you wait for it. Below: Barry Cooper; another version of the Friends of Science billboard; yet another great billboard supporting democracy and the people. Billboard photos found on the Internet. Alberta’s “Friends of Science” are friends ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Tides Canada Responds To Attempted Federal Kneecapping

“Tides Canada welcomes the provisions in the 2012 federal budget concerning transparency and accountability in the charitable sector. Tides Canada operates well within the Income Tax Act threshold for allowable “political activity.” The organization’s grant-making is, and will continue to be, fully compliant with the Income Tax Act and Canada Revenue Agency guidelines and policies. ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Climate Change Deniers Get Caught With Their Carbons Down

Heartland Institute is an oil industry front group, devoted to dispelling the science of climate change.  The bulk of their funding comes from Exxon and the Koch brothers.  The same Koch brothers that Stephen Harper is using our tax dollars to build a pipeline for, so that they no longer have to pay decent Canadian wages.  The ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Not Everyone Can Graduate from the Charles Koch Institute

Ezra Levant, above, when he was running for the Canadian Alliance Party.  After a heated battle, he stepped aside so that Stephen Harper could run in a safe riding, after being voted head of the Alliance Party. Close confidant of Jason Kenney and Stockwell Day (coined the term “Stockaholic”) Levant is now a personality on Sun ...

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: 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 ...

350 or bust: University of Calgary Prostitutes Itself To Big Oil & Gas

Canadian journalist Mike DeSousa, who first wrote three years ago about the anti-science group with the Orwellian name “Friends of Science”, who funded a PR blitz meant to cast doubt on the science of climate change. Friends of Science paid for their ad campaign out of a University of Calgary research account controlled by Professor ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: NY Times Fluffs "Goreathon" Climate Change Piece

Their mistake is to treat Canada’s own Tom Harris as a credible representative of the “sceptical” side of the AGW argument.   Mediamatters gets some of it right: such ttechnical training as he has is in mechanical engineering, but Tom is mostly a lobbyist/PR guy, not a scientist.  But there’s way more to it than that.  For example, the International Climate Science Coalition ...

DeSmogBlog: Talisman funded Friends of Science skeptic film

talismanlog-lg.gif Calgary oil company Talisman Energy has been outed as the major funder behind a Friends of Science video series that falsely tried to claim legitimacy by tacking a University of Calgary logo on its opening credits. Postmedia reporter Mike De Souza has an excellent article in the Calgary Herald, exposing Talisman as the largest donor ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Canadian Geologists Embarrass Themselves on Climate

GAC MAC Ottawa.jpg The joint conference of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC) and the Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC) included a DenierFest sideshow worthy of the Heartland Institute, with guest speakers flown in from as far away as Australia and Europe in an effort to address one organizer’s concern about an “unbalanced debate.” Notwithstanding ...