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Climate Change Boot Camp

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Richard Littlemore is going across Canada, by train, to attend a “boot camp” led by Al Gore on how to do his slide show, and he is blogging all the way.

Here is a thought for the day

There are, in Canada and internationally, a host of organizations that exist purely to convince people that climate change isn’t happening, isn’t attributable to human activity, isn’t a bad thing or isn’t possible to stop without “wrecking” the economy. These are “Astroturf groups,” phony grassroots organizations sponsored directly or indirectly by industries that are determined to block substantive global warming policy changes: groups like Friends of Science, the Natural Resources Stewardship Project, the Global Climate Coalition, and the International Climate Science Coalition.

And of course one of the things they like to do is convince editors of the need for “balance” and they also troll blogs. There are similar groups pushing other agendas – such as the pro Gateway groups and a number of their sock puppets too.

Written by Stephen Rees

March 31, 2008 at 6:35 am

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  1. How do you find how these organisations are funded. A number of people have quoted these types groups at me, but I can’t prove that they are backed by corporations.

    Andy in Germany

    March 31, 2008 at 6:46 am

  2. Usually groups that have nothing to hide are easy to find out stuff about. Not that is prevents other people lying about them of course. But “astroturf” groups tend to be very much better at covering their tracks – or think they are. In the case of group here, we tracked it simply by the work of the leading spokespeople, who were very closely associated with a political party that promotes business interests.

    There is also that old saw of “If it walks like a duck and quacks …”

    Stephen Rees

    March 31, 2008 at 7:00 am


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