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James Hoggan

Entries by James Hoggan

Unaccountable Oil: Enbridge Pipeline and "Ethical Oil" PR Pollution

(7) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 8:42 AM

If the pipeline giant Enbridge Inc. is content to cower behind a 20-something blog manager rather than acknowledge its role in the recent attack on the patriotism of Canadian environmentalists, what hope have we that the company would ever stand accountable for the accidents that will occur – inevitably –...

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Denial of Facts Is No Way to Understand Science

(80) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 6:04 PM

On Thursday Dec. 1, Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente declared herself a defender of scientific integrity by calling upon the scientific community to replace the “rhetoric” of climate change with open, honest debate.

According to Wente, the impacts of climate change remain a future fantasy, unquantifiable by data...

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Thich Nhat Hanh and David Suzuki in Conversation About the Health of the Planet

(14) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 6:32 PM

Despair and anger are contributing to a feeling that people have no power to stop the destructive forces behind climate change, but the feeling can be reversed through personal hope and inner peace, an audience in Vancouver was told earlier this week by Buddhist monk, poet, peace and human rights...

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Thich Nhat Hanh and David Suzuki to Discuss How to Restore Health to the Planet

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 3:06 PM

What happens when one of the world's most revered Buddhist teachers and a leading thinker on the environment are faced with the following question: What gives you hope that we can bring about the collective awakening needed to restore health to the planet?

We will find out on August 15...

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Koch-Funded Prop 23 Campaign Manufacturing Science

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 5:06 PM

In the latest example of polluter attempts to exert influence over science, the Koch-funded Pacific Research Institute was paid to manufacture another junk science “study” designed to lend credibility to California’s disastrous Proposition 23 ballot measure, an oil-industry-backed effort to derail the state’s...

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Bjorn Lomborg's Climate Confusionist Spin Is Never Ending

(20) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 12:59 PM

Bjørn Lomborg is in the spin business, plain and simple.

In his Wall Street Journal op-ed this week, the Danish game theorist pretends to be so surprised that people were confused by his 'change of heart' last month -- when he suddenly recognised...

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International Scientists Confirm Climate Change Is 'Undeniable'

(44) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 6:47 PM

An international team of climate scientists led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has confirmed that climate change is "undeniable" and clearly driven by the "human fingerprints" of greenhouse gas emissions.  The findings are based on new data that was not reviewed during the most recent 2007 report...

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IPCC Fumbles Media Relations Strategy, Must Review Basic Principles of Public Relations

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 12:12 AM

Andy Revkin's revelations over the weekend about the botched media relations strategy deployed by the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, demonstrate that the IPCC has failed to learn from its recent missteps in managing public communications.

If you don't have anything to hide,...

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New York Times 'Climategate' Editorial a Reminder That Media Have Failed Miserably Covering Climate Science

(85) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 1:18 AM

The New York Times deserves praise for its excellent editorial on Sunday, “A Climate Change Corrective,” which rightly confirms that the “Climategate” non-scandal has been thoroughly investigated and revealed as a political attack on scientists, not the grand United Nations conspiracy concocted by industry front...

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Lies Concocted By Climate Deniers Likely To Stick Around Despite Corrections

(74) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 2:00 PM

It takes less than a minute to tell a lie that can spread around the world, yet it can take days, months, or years to correct it.  Sometimes the truth never catches up to the lie.

As Newsweek’s Sharon Begley wrote this past weekend, nowhere is this...

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New Stanford Study Exposes Lack of Credibility and Expertise Among Climate Skeptics

(788) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 9:40 PM

A study by Stanford University researchers examining expert credibility in climate change has confirmed that climate skeptics and contrarians within the scientific community comprise at best 3 percent of the field, and are “vastly overshadowed” in expertise by their colleagues who agree that manmade climate change is real. ...

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BP's Crisis Communications Strategy Is Fundamentally Flawed

(15) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 8:52 PM

How a company handles a crisis is the ultimate test of its character.  Does it accept responsibility for mistakes or bad decisions, work to make amends and to improve its practices moving forward?  Or does it resort to what I call Darth Vader PR, launching a public relations offensive to...

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Freak April Rain Showers Hit Canadian Arctic

(7) Comments | Posted May 6, 2010 | 2:39 PM

While the Gulf of Mexico continues to choke on oil from a man-made disaster, the Arctic is experiencing another form of man-made onslaught thanks to climate change. 

Late last month, British explorers hiking in the Canadian Arctic reported that their ice base off Ellef Ringnes Island had...

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Oil Sands Newest PR Push Doomed to Fail -- Again

(9) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 3:31 PM

The recently launched Astroturf platform is yet another faulty step by the captains of the Alberta oil and gas industry – people more interested in ill-advised public relations campaigns than in coming to grips with the challenges facing their industry. is the website and...

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The Smoking Guns and Blue Dress Moments of Climategate

(48) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 9:06 PM

In the days and weeks following the theft of climate scientists' emails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit in November, climate change skeptics and deniers flooded the blogosphere and mainstream press with reactions suggesting that the 'scandal' had proven global warming was a myth. 

In many instances,...

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Climate Scientist Phil Jones Exonerated by British House of Commons

(183) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 6:52 PM

The British House of Commons today issued a report exonerating Professor Phil Jones, the director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.  Dr. Jones was embroiled in controversy following the theft of internal emails and documents from the University’s servers in November of last year. ...

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A 20-Year History of Climate Denial Industry

(94) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 2:48 PM

Greenpeace released a terrific report today on the 20-year campaign by polluters to mislead the public by creating the climate denial industry. 

The new report succinctly explains how fossil fuel interests used the tobacco industry’s playbook and an extensive arsenal of lobbyists and “experts” for hire in order...

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New Poll Results Reveal the Impact of Decades-Long Climate Confusion Campaign

(16) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 8:30 PM

A new report published jointly by Yale University and George Mason University finds that Americans are much less concerned about climate change than they were just a year ago.  Fifty-seven percent of Americans polled believe climate change is happening, compared with a figure of 71 percent in October...

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The Copenhagen Tea Party

(8) Comments | Posted December 16, 2009 | 1:19 PM

The American Tea Party phenomenon unfortunately has a long arm, reaching all the way to the international climate negotiations currently underway in Copenhagen, Denmark.

With their outrageous signs and over-the-top rhetoric, the Tea Party claims can be easily dismissed as fringe players, but they are nevertheless playing a...

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Canadian Climate Plan: All Public Relations; No Policy

(12) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 1:30 PM

The Canadian government's climate plan is pure politics - pure public relations. It's all hot air, with no regulation or legislation to back it up.

The government is not passing laws to limit greenhouse gas emissions. It is not setting science-based targets and it's not financing renewable energy.


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