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What Is DeSmogBlog?

Chris Horner –
November 11, 2008

[Excerpt from Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed, by Chris Horner (Regnery Publishing, 2008). See original for source citations.]

Given the standard now set by the global warming industry, is it not appropriate to ponder aloud why the skeptic-smearing, ad hominem DeSmogBlog received “a huge donation” of as much as $300,000 “to start and operate” the website and public relations operation? This came from the past-president of and presumably still significant stake-holder in NETeller, “a firm that desperately needs more climate scare for their waning trade of hot air (CO2 emission allowances),” as one critic has noted. This benevolent donor, one John Lefebvre, is also currently a guest of the federal government’s correctional officers as a consequence of certain business transactions, a fact that certainly would be of great interest had he instead cast his lot with the climate optimists.

Of course, revealing that the greens’ agenda is some big business’s agenda simply prompts name calling of a different sort by the greens: “responsible.” Besides, isn’t it far nobler to be motivated by the belief that people are pollution in addition to mere money than to be seemingly driven by financial interests alone?

DeSmogBlog, which is dedicated to claiming that climate skeptics are paid shills, happens to be run by James Hoggan and Associates, a PR agency that actually received the $300-large from the NETeller executive. His PR firm represents “alternative energy” companies, as well. Adding to the conflicts, Hoggan is also chair of the board of directors for the David Suzuki Foundation, a radical environmental activist group run by a man who — ironically — calls for climate skeptics to join Lefebvre in jail. This spin machine is aimed at discrediting skeptics.

Further confusing matters, it seems that whenever those who disagree with DeSmogBlog received corporate support, it proves that their opinions are bought, as part of an industry campaign to delude you. Terence Corcoran captured their argument in the Financial Post, “‘It’s all a corporate scam, they claim [of the enormous ‘skeptical’ community of scientists]. ‘There are people,’ says Mr. Hoggan, a veteran self-promoting pro in the PR business, ‘mainly people who are getting paid by oil and coal interests, and [some] who are just basically ideologues, who are trying to confuse the public about climate change.’ Says Mr. Suzuki: ‘The skeptics are a small group known for their support of corporations like the fossil fuel industry. In fact, many are receiving money directly from the industry.’”

So, one’s supporters dictate one’s opinions. Funny, I was thinking the same thing.

Corcoran describes Suzuki’s and Hoggan’s “slanderous campaign” as designed “to portray all who raise doubts about climate change theory — so-called skeptics — as pawns of corporate PR thugs manipulating opinion.” One of the scientists targeted by Suzuki and Hoggan writes in an e-mail that “in a further apparent further conflict of interest Hoggan’s other clients are mostly alternate energy companies who stand to gain from proving CO2 is a problem. . . .Somehow this kind of funding and duplicity is acceptable for one side but not the other — we live in an age of hypocrisy.”

Further, as Corcoran wrote in a separate piece exposing Hoggan’s racket in detail, “As an aside, the fact that BP, Shell, the nuclear industry, giant ethanol firms and others all support climate theory for their own self-interested purposes seems not to bother environmental activists. . . .How does all that work in the conflict arena?” 

That’s simple. It doesn’t.