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James Hoggan , Richard Littlemore
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Aug. 31 2009 1553654854 978-1553654858

An insider's view of how the energy industry has fuelled a bogus controversy about climate change.

This book rips the lid off the campaign to discredit scientists, confuse journalists, and deny climate change. The tactics have been slick, but PR expert James Hoggan and investigative journalist Richard Littlemore have compiled a readable, accessible guidebook through the muck. Beginning with leaked memos from the coal industry, the oil industry and the tobacco-sponsored lie-about-science industry, the authors expose the plans to "debunk" global warming; they track the execution of those plans; and they illuminate the results—confusion, inaction, and an epidemic of public mistrust.

Climate Cover-Up names names, identifying bogus experts who are actually paid lobbyists and flaks. The authors reveal the PR techniques used to misinform, to mangle the language, and to intimidate the media into maintaining a phony climate change debate. Exposing the seedy origins of that debate, this book will leave you fuming at the extent, the effect, and the ethical affront of the climate cover-up.

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Climate Cover-Up will convince most readers that there is a 'Climategate' scandal . . . powerful vested interests, the greedy, and those focused on the short-term continue to confuse the public by falsely framing the debate as yet to be settled. —American Scientist


A compelling, sometimes chilling explanation of how public safety has been sacrificed on the altar of private interest. —Chris Mooney


This is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of democracy. —Andrew Weaver


An imperative read for a successful future. —Leonardo Dicaprio


An expose of planetary scale. —Jim Hansen


ì[A] spirited indictment of global warming deniers. —Publishers Weekly


Climate Cover-Up examines the research organizations and academics who question weather human activity is causing dangerous global warming, and trace their arguments back to funding from the fossil-fuel industry. —Times Colonist


Climate Cover-Up is a must-read for anyone who's concerned about the biggest effort ever at media manipulation by the world's most powerful corporations . . . Hoggan's book is really about how a vast conspiracy has been undertaken by corporations opposed to reducing greenhouse gasses and pollution to convince the media that everything is just fine. —24 Hours


Compelling insights for anyone interested in learning why there is so much confusion about this issue in the media. —Georgia Straight


No wonder the public is skeptical about climate change. They are being bombarded with a cacophony of contradictory messages and misled by a huge, well-funded misinformation campaign. —Tampa Tribune


If you care about your wellbeing, the fate of your children and the environment, please read James Hoggan's new book, Climate Cover-Up. —Daily Observer


Hoggan's must-read book describes in disturbing detail the well-oiled campaign to confuse the public and confound the science, creating enough doubt to thwart meaningful action and protect a world economic order built around the burning of oil, coal, and natural gas. —Toronto Star


Two Vancouver public relations professionals take a hard look at the role PR has played in stirring up doubt and piling on controversy in the climate change debate and how the mainstream media have responded to the onslaught. The writers, who also collaborate on, hope to end the debate by exposing cases of public manipulation and private-interest deceit. —Granville Magazine


About the Author

James Hoggan, co-founder of, is president of James Hoggan & Associates, an award-winning public relations firm in Canada. Hoggan is also chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and a trustee of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

Richard Littlemore is a strategist and senior writer at James Hoggan & Associates and the editor of He has served in the Canadian government's Kyoto implementation process and as an elected representative to the metropolitan government of Vancouver, BC. He lives in Nanaimo, BC.

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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important wake-up call Nov. 23 2009
I like this book for several reasons. First, it documents the increasing threat of climate change. That's nothing new to the majority of Western adults who believe in climate change. Scientists have stopped arguing over this idea long ago. The world is warming, and CO2 emissions from humans is the major culprit. The need to act is clearer than ever, but people aren't. The majority of us (Canadians for sure) believe in climate change. Yet Harper isn't doing anything to change it, and we voted against Dion (admittedly not the strongest candidate) who ran on a plan to change it. Why?

Well, the bigger evil seems to be corporations. Just like they're doing to the US Health Care debate, corporations have thrown a lot of muscle (i.e., money) into buying politicians and confusing voters. You have to respect how well they understand psychology and how poorly the public understands themselves. By hiring scientists to speak their party line, they are able to create "credible" doubt. By putting a microphone (i.e., throwing money and attention at) anyone who speaks up against climate change, they are able to disguise just how much of a minor the dissenting voice is. By having scientists cry foul over how they get blacklisted for disagreeing with the majority, they conveniently cover-up the opposite- scientists can make a TON of money (personal or grant money) from willing corporations who want to keep the status quo.

This is further fed by an anti-science agenda that leads people to mistrust science. I mean, when you don't believe in evolution, how hard is it to disbelieve global warming? The debate within science, that science is based on, is flagged as uncertainty.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This book explain how a widespread and well funded public disinformation campaign has created confusion and uncertainty in the minds of the public, while the informed scientific consensus that humans are creating climate change has actually become virtually absolute.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking and informative Nov. 21 2009
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I love that this is Canadian and looks at policies and various players in Canada as well as other countries. The analysis is reasoned and backed by many examples. A must read for anyone unsure on the topic of climate change.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The invention of LYING about climate change March 13 2010
By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER

"[T]he people who are blocking or delaying action on climate change are putting the whole human population at risk. If they are doing so out of some sincere, if wrong-headed, belief that climate change really isn't a problem, then their actions might be forgivable. But if they are doing it because their eagerness to post short-term profits overwhelms their judgement or their interest in the public good then they should be subject to the full dose of public wrath. Either way they have put themselves forward as their responsibility to be well-informed is that much greater and their negligence of or disregard for the science is even more offensive."

The above comes from this eye-opening book by James Hoggan (main author) and Richard Littlemore. Hoggan is a public relations (PR) advisor and owns his own PR firm. He is "a leading authority on public perceptions of environmental issues." Littlemore is a strategist and senior writer at Hoggan's PR firm.

Note that this isn't a book about climate science; everyone knows (or, at least, every rational, educated person knows) that the consensus in climate science is that we are going through global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels. But consensus isn't certainty.

This leaves the door open for deniers ("Climate change is a big hoax") and delayers ("Climate change is occurring but we can take our time in trying to solve it").

This book offers a blistering account of shadowy think tanks, pretend grassroots organizations, lobbyists, and charismatic speakers, who dedicate their time to creating strategies for manufacturing doubt by twisting truths about the science of climate change.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greed again! Dec 24 2013
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We sometimes think about it but the reality is worst! A must! Reading is like a novel story. Read it and pass it!
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