Welcome to Deep Climate, an exploration of the climate science “skeptic” movement in Canada. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be looking at the organizations that propagate climate science disinformation and the public relations professionals who have worked behind the scenes to ensure maximum impact of that disinformation. I intend both to “follow the money” (flowing primarily from special interests opposed to regulation or taxation of greenhouse gas emissions) and to “follow the science” (by exposing the most egregious flaws in the “evidence” against the attribution of contemporary climate change primarily to human causes). From time to time, I’ll also “follow the politics” and examine the various ties between the “skeptic” movement and the Conservative Party of Canada.
The four most prominent climate science disinformation organizations in Canada are:
- Friends of Science Society
- Natural Resources Stewardship Project
- The Fraser Institute
- The Frontier Centre for Public Policy
By far, the most active PR professional in climate science disinformation has been Tom Harris (ex-APCO Worldwide, NRSP co-founder and now head of the International Climate Science Coalition). Morten Paulsen, now of Fleishman-Hillard, was also active in 2005-2006.
It has long been assumed that oil and gas companies have provided financial backing and other support for the various initiatives. Of course, Exxon-Mobil’s support of controversial “skeptic” organizations, including the Fraser Institute, is well known. Evidence is also emerging about the role of Canadian companies in support of climate disinformation campaigns.
So there’s much to cover, even if I limit myself to the Canadian dimension. For now, I leave you with following information about myself.
I am a Canadian citizen residing in Canada. For private and professional reasons, I prefer to remain anonymous to the general public, at least for now.
The following facts may be relevant, however:
- I am a volunteer contributor to SourceWatch.org, an online encyclopedia.
- I have no affiliation or membership in any political party.
- I have received no financial or other consideration for writing this blog or related activities, all of which were done on my own time.
- I have identified myself at all times in dealing with all correspondents, who include many of the principals involved in the various topics presented here.