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One to make your blood boil

  • Nov 11, 2009
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Absent willful ignorance we have all been aware for many years of the massive and concerted effort of fossil fuel companies and their commercial and political allies to deny the reality of global warming. But it is much worse than you imagined.

The orchestrated manipulation of public opinion through advertising, op-eds, letters to editors, fraudulent documents and petitions and touting of "expert" opinion from non-experts is galling. That it has been abetted by media more concerned with she-said/he-said balance than with accuracy or fact checking is painful to observe. That it will almost certainly lead to death and suffering of millions of human beings qualifies as genocidal.

This qualifies as a galvanizing must-read for anyone who cares to look beyond their own lives to the world we are leaving to coming generations. It will leave you mad as hell and ready to take on the necessary battle for a survivable planet.

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Is the public being misled about the seriousness of global warming by an army of well-paid, expert deceivers using phony "facts" and testimony from "scientists" who lack real credentials? That is what James Hoggan charges in this book. Hoggan is a Public Relations professional who is disgusted with many in his profession who have unashamedly sold out to big money interests. These people use their considerable talents to confuse the issue of global warming, to create the impression that there is …
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Canadian environmental activists Hoggan and Littlemore pull no punches in this spirited indictment of global warming deniers. Their well-sourced research spotlights premeditated prevarications about the threat of greenhouse gas emissions by the oil and coal industry, in league with junk scientists, compliant conservative politicians and unsavory public relations practitioners. Persistent obfuscation of science by these anti-environment players is further abetted, say the authors, by a manipulated media that, in a misguided effort toward journalistic balance, pairs scientific certainty about an encroaching climate crisis with quotations from people who make a living denying it. Readers predisposed to believe the worst about the oil, coal and electric industries will find their fears buttressed by the book's detailed overview of an orchestrated climate coverup by Astroturf (fake grassroots) organizations, right-wing think tank echo chambers, the tens of millions of industry dollars poured into primarily Republican campaign coffers and the PR profession's Orwellian use of language. But global warming skeptics might also be swayed by the detailed dissection of an ongoing campaign to convince the public that climate change is still unproven.(Nov.)
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ISBN-10: 1553654854
ISBN-13: 978-1553654858
Author: James Hoggan
Genre: Outdoors & Nature, Nonfiction
Publisher: Greystone Books
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