- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Greystone Books (Aug. 31 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1553654854
- ISBN-13: 978-1553654858
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
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Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming Paperback – Aug 31 2009
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A compelling, sometimes chilling explanation of how public safety has been sacrificed on the altar of private interest. —Chris Mooney(2009-08-04)
This is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of democracy. —Andrew Weaver(2009-08-07)
An imperative read for a successful future. —Leonardo Dicaprio(2009-08-07)
An expose of planetary scale. —Jim Hansen(2009-08-25)
ì[A] spirited indictment of global warming deniers. —Publishers Weekly(2009-08-28)
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(2009-10-16)
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(2009-10-20)
Compelling insights for anyone interested in learning why there is so much confusion about this issue in the media. —Georgia Straight(2009-10-22)
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(2009-11-07)
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(2009-11-13)
About the Author
James Hoggan, co-founder of DeSmogBlog.com, 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 DeSmogBlog.com. 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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"[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 experts...so 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. The links between these individuals & groups and the fossil fuel or other energy intensive corporations who fund them is clearly detailed.
Who is this book written for? This book is aimed at those people:
(1) who are unaware of the near-constant misinformation thrown at them.
(2) who are unaware of the immense power of money and industry over science and truth.
(3) who don't check the citations or references of editorials & books and the credentials of those who write them.
Finally, what if we humans do everything in our power to solve climate change but it turns out that we learn in time that climate change is one big hoax?
Answer: WE WILL CREATE A BETTER WORLD. (These are some of the benefits we gain by taking action even if climate change turns out to be a hoax: 1. energy independence 2. preserve rainforests 3. sustainability 4. green jobs 5. liveable cities 6. renewables 7. clean water 8. clean air 9. more efficient vehicles 10. healthy children.)
QUESTION to deniers and delayers: what's wrong with creating a better world?
In conclusion, this book will open your eyes, it will raise your ire and, most importantly, it will inspire you to take back the truth--to END THE CLIMATE COVER-UP.
(first published 2009; acknowledgements; preface; 17 chapters; main narrative 235 pages; notes; index)
<<Stephen Pletko, London, Ontario, Canada>>
I knew that vested interests, such as the fossil fuel industry and political lobby groups, had played a part in the widespread public confusion. However, I naively assumed that they had simply taken advantage of said confusion ' that the public was already unsure, so the vested interests decided to jump in and prolong it.
How wrong I was. How very, very wrong I was, as Jim Hoggan and Richard Littlemore proved to me in their new book, Climate Cover-Up.
Example after example, and story after story, showed that vested interests didn't just take advantage of public confusion surrounding climate change. They created it. They deliberately constructed the so-called 'debate' in an effort to ' what? Earn more money? Fight socialism?
Take the Information Council on the Environment, one of the first climate change lobby groups. They were established in 1991, right after governments first started to respond to climate change ' Thatcher, Bush Sr, and Mulroney all made promises to reduce emissions. The ICE flat-out stated that their objective was 'to reposition global warming as a theory (not fact)' and 'to supply alternative facts to support the suggestion that global warming will be good'.
The American Petroleum Institute was even more blatant. A leaked email contains a list of objectives for their PR campaigns:
"Victory Will Be Achieved When
-Average citizens 'understand' (recognize) uncertainties in climate science; recognition of uncertainties becomes part of the 'conventional wisdom'
-Media 'understands' (recognizes) uncertainties in climate science
-Media coverage reflects balance on climate science and recognition of the validity of viewpoints that challenge the current 'conventional wisdom'
-Industry senior leadership understands uncertainties in climate science, making them stronger ambassadors to those who shape climate policy
-Those promoting the Kyoto treaty on the basis of extant science appear to be out of touch with reality."
Everything that we've been bemoaning for years now. Misplaced public doubt, artificial balance in the media, Bush and Harper's ties to the oil industry. It didn't just happen by accident.
The email goes on to discuss strategies to achieve these objectives, including plans to produce and distribute 'a steady stream of op-ed columns and letters to the editor' doubting climate change. So all those skeptical editorials in the popular press might not be written by journalists that have been taken for a ride. They might actually be by people with ties to lobby groups like the American Petroleum Institute.
You could look at Frank Luntz's plans to capitalize on uncertainty. Or the American Enterprise Institute's offer of $10 000 to any scientist who wrote a critique of the IPCC. Or how The Great Global Warming Swindle, a documentary oft-cited by YouTubers, creatively took statements from its interviewees out of context.
Climate Cover-Up made me so angry. I remember not being able to fall asleep the night I finished it. Then telling everyone I could about it. I had been immersed in the issue of climate change for two years, and yet I had failed to grasp the scope of vested interests' influence on the public.
Please visit my blog, [...], for more articles about climate change, including many book reviews.
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