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The DeSmogBlog team is led by Jim Hoggan, founder of James Hoggan & Associates, one of Canada's leading public relations firms. By training a lawyer, by inclination a ski instructor and cyclist, Jim Hoggan believes that integrity and public relations should not be at odds – that a good public reputation generally flows from a record of responsible actions. His client list includes real estate development companies, high tech firms, pharmaceutical, forest industry giants, resorts and academic institutions. He is also a Board Member of the David Suzuki Foundation.

Recent Articles

DeSmogBlog: Hurricanes to Deliver a Bigger Punch to Coasts

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By Ryan P. Mulligan, Queen's University, Ontario

When tropical cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, Mozambique on March 14, a spokesperson for the UN World Meteorological Organization called it possibly the the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere.

This massive and horrifying storm caused catastrophic flooding and widespread destruction of buildings…

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DeSmogBlog: ExxonMobil Could Be Banned From EU Parliament After Failing to Show at Climate Hearing

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By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

ExxonMobil could be the second company after Monsanto to lose lobbying access to members of European Parliament after it failed to turn up to a hearing Thursday into whether or not the oil giant knowingly spread false information about climate change.

The call to ban the company was submitted by Green Member…

2019-03-23 11:22   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: ‘All Rhetoric and No Action’: Oil Giants Spent $1 Billion on Climate Lobbying and Ads Since Paris Pact, Says Report

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A new report by a British think tank estimates that since the 2015 Paris Agreement, the world’s five largest listed oil and gas companies spent more than $1 billion lobbying to prevent climate change regulations while also running public relations campaigns aimed at maintaining public support for climate action.

Combined, the companies spend roughly $200 million a year…

2019-03-22 16:00   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Global Banks, Led by JPMorgan Chase, Invested $1.9 Trillion in Fossil Fuels Since Paris Climate Pact

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A report published today names the banks that have played the biggest recent role in funding fossil fuel projects, finding that since 2016, immediately following the Paris Agreement's adoption, 33 global banks have poured $1.9 trillion into financing climate-changing projects worldwide.

The top four banks that invested most heavily in fossil fuel projects are all based in the…

2019-03-20 16:00   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: 'They Have Lied for Decades': European Parliament To Scrutinise Exxon's Climate Science Denial

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With millions of students taking to the streets and oil majors increasingly facing litigation, the fossil fuel industry is finally being held to account for its contribution to the climate crisis.

This week, the EU is taking this accountability up a notch, with ExxonMobil’s decades-long denial of climate science facing the scrutiny of MEPs and the public at a hearing at the…

2019-03-20 11:30   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: US Government Knew Climate Risks in 1970s, National Petroleum Council Documents Show

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By Kaitlin Sullivan, Climate Liability News. Crossposted from Climate Liability News.

A series of newly discovered documents clarify the extent to which the U.S. government, its advisory committees and the fossil fuel industry have understood for decades the impact carbon dioxide emissions would have on the planet.

The documents obtained by Climate Liability News show how…

2019-03-19 20:30   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Environment Remains Under Siege Two Years Into the Trump Administration

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By Emily Gertz, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator.

Two years into his presidency, Donald Trump has racked up some high-profile policy failures. There’s no wall spanning the length of our southern border, no denuclearization underway in North Korea, and ethics scandals have swamped his administration.

But when it comes to environmental policy changes, the…

2019-03-19 18:05   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Energy and Corporate Trade Associations Spend $1.4 Billion on PR Campaigns

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Originally posted on Climate Investigations Center.

How much money have the fossil fuel industry’s powerful trade association allies spent to convince the American public that its products are beneficial and necessary — and to stymie progress on climate change that could harm its financial interests?

To find out, Climate Investigations Center researchers analyzed the public…

2019-03-19 00:08   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: What Norway’s Big Divestment Decision Means for Fracking, Tar Sands and Global Oil Exploration

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Norway’s sovereign wealth fund — a state-owned investment fund worth approximately a trillion dollars — recently announced it was divesting from oil and gas exploration companies around the world. Not surprisingly, many oil and gas stocks declined following the announcement.

While this is good news for the climate, this was simply a smart business decision. Norway’s sovereign…

2019-03-18 18:42   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Why We Should Not Be Surprised That Murdoch Tabloid's Favorite Sydney School Pupil Didn't Join Climate Strike

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Somewhere in the order of 150,000 students went absent from classes in Australia on Friday afternoon for the global “School Strike 4 Climate” marches.

In what might be seen as an afternoon practical lesson in democracy, free speech, and civic engagement, students from cities and towns across the country and the world marched, chanted, and held placards aloft.

One of the…

2019-03-17 00:17   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Who’s Behind Trump’s Claim the Green New Deal Will Cost $100 Trillion?

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By Dave Anderson, Energy and Policy Institute. Originally posted on Energy and Policy Institute.

President Trump’s claim that the Green New Deal would cost $100 trillion can be traced back to the Manhattan Institute, a think tank backed by fossil fuel investor Paul Singer and companies like ExxonMobil.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey made…

2019-03-16 11:29   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: US and Saudi Arabia Vote to Block UN Efforts at Climate Geoengineering Governance

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This is a guest post by Linda Schneider of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

At the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, this week, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia blocked a push to gather information on potentially regulating climate geoengineering technologies. Switzerland, along with 11 other countries, including Micronesia, Senegal, and New Zealand,…

2019-03-16 00:57   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: New Orleans Student on Global Climate Strike: 'I Wouldn’t Be Anywhere Else'

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With contributions from Ashley Braun and Mat Hope.

On March 15 droves of students around the world walked out of school to protest politicians’ inaction on climate change, with approximately one million people participating in the strikes, according to organizers. From Sydney to Stockholm, students had planned more than 1,600 school strikes in over 100 countries, inspired by…

2019-03-15 22:54   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Despite Risks, Canada's Tar Sands Industry Is Betting Big on Oil Trains

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Last year, Canada exported a record amount of tar sands oil to the U.S., despite low oil prices leading to major losses once again for the struggling tar sands industry. That achievement required a big bump in hauling oil by rail, with those daily volumes in late 2018 more than double the previous record in 2014 during the first oil-by-rail boom.

Canada's oil industry…

2019-03-14 21:55   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Massachusetts Hired Energy Industry Execs to 'Independently' Review State’s Gas System

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A private contractor employed by the state of Massachusetts to conduct a statewide safety review of its gas distribution companies hired gas industry executives for the project, documents obtained by DeSmog show. They include two former executives of National Grid — one of the companies under review — and Enbridge, a main supplier of gas in the state.

Tags: American Gas…

2019-03-13 21:45   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Trump Budget for Renewables Slashed 70% Under Former Koch Insider’s Leadership

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When President Trump nominated long-time Koch network insider and renewable energy antagonist Daniel Simmons to lead the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the administration's priorities for federal energy programs were made abundantly clear. Simmons had, after all, been serving at the time of his nomination as Vice…

2019-03-13 20:41   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: What President Trump, Fox and Breitbart Are Not Saying About Climate Science Denier Patrick Moore

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What does it take to become a legitimate spokesperson on climate change science and energy policy in the eyes of President Donald Trump and partisan conservative media like Fox News and Breitbart?

If the current worshipping of non-expert and climate science denier Patrick Moore is anything to go by, the only qualification you need is the ability to call first-term Democratic…

2019-03-13 05:04   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Fracking 2.0 Was a Financial Disaster, Will Fracking 3.0 Be Different?

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Two years ago, the U.S. fracking industry was trying to recover from the crash in the price of oil. Shale companies were promoting the idea that fracking was viable even at low oil prices (despite losing money when oil prices were high). At the time, no one was making money fracking with the business-as-usual approach, but then the Wall Street Journal published a story…

2019-03-12 22:26   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Toyota Is Losing the Electric Car Race, So It Pretends Hybrids Are Better

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There are at least 12 car companies currently selling an all-electric vehicle in the United States, and Toyota isn’t one of them. Despite admitting recently that the Tesla Model 3 alone is responsible for half of Toyota’s customer defections in North America — as Prius drivers transition to all-electric — the company has been an outspoken laggard in the race to…

2019-03-12 19:07   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Exclusive: Rhode Island Governor Nixed Agency Critiques of LNG Facility, Silencing Health and Justice Concerns

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, squashed a letter by her own state health agency, which raised serious concerns about a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in a densely populated Providence neighborhood. Documents obtained by DeSmog show that last summer Raimondo nixed a letter by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) critical of National…

2019-03-11 22:57   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: The 2020 Democrats of the 'Anti-Green New Deal Coalition'

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By Kendra Chamberlain

Support for the ambitious Green New Deal proposal has uncovered widening rifts within the Democratic Party as presidential candidates begin fleshing out their 2020 platforms. To date, the Green New Deal (GND) resolution introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) has attracted 68 co-sponsors from Democratic…

2019-03-10 11:00   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ Is the Climate Change Myth That Refuses to Die

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By Kevin Cowtan, University of York and Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol

The record-breaking, El Niño-driven global temperatures of 2016 have given climate change deniers a new trope. Why, they ask, hasn’t it since got even hotter?

In response to a recent US government report on the impact of climate change, a spokesperson for the science-denying American Enterprise…

2019-03-09 23:38   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Trade Group Targets Shareholders Pressuring Big Oil on Climate Change

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By Karen Savage, Climate Liability News. Crossposted from Climate Liability News.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a 123-year-old trade group that has worked diligently to defend Big Oil in the burgeoning climate liability battles, has also taken on another opponent to the status quo: investors.

In addition to filing briefs in defense of the fossil fuel…

2019-03-08 19:03   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: College Students Calling out Climate Denial Machine That’s Older Than They Are

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This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup.

DeSmog published a story this week from the Climate Investigations Center that touches on an interesting angle that’s emerging in the climate world as kids lead the way.

Tags: climate science denialcooler heads coalitionSherwood IdsoTrump Administrationglobal climate coalitionInformation Council on the Environment (ICE)pat…

2019-03-07 20:36   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Fact-check: What Greenland Ice Cores Say About Past and Present Climate Change

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By Zeke Hausfather, Carbon Brief. Originally posted on Carbon Brief.

A misleading graph purporting to show that past changes in Greenland’s temperatures dwarf modern climate change has been circling the internet since at least 2010.

Based on an early Greenland ice core record produced back in 1997, versions of the graph have, variously, mislabeled the x-axis, excluded the…

2019-03-06 22:33   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Acme Equities Hedge Fund Wants to Add Expensive Carbon Capture to Distressed New Mexico Coal Plant

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By David Pomerantz. Originally posted on Energy and Policy Institute.

The hedge fund trying to buy a New Mexico coal plant slated for closure has pitched legislators on its plan: it wants to install expensive technology to capture the plant’s carbon pollution, despite the fact that the plant is closing because it cannot compete economically with renewable energy.

Tags: New…

2019-03-05 20:28   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: New Warnings on Plastic’s Health Risks as Fracking Industry Promotes New 'Plastics Belt' Build-Out

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A new report traces the life cycle of plastic from the moment an oil and gas well is drilled to the time plastic trash breaks down in the environment, finding “distinct risks to human health” at every stage.

Virtually all plastic — 99 percent of it, according to the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) report — comes from fossil fuels. And a growing slice comes…

2019-03-05 16:58   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Fracking the World: Despite Climate Risks, Fracking Is Going Global

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The U.S. exported a record 3.6 million barrels per day of oil in February. This oil is the result of the American fracking boom — and as a report from Oil Change International recently noted — its continued growth is undermining global efforts to limit climate change. The Energy Information Administration predicts U.S. oil production will increase again in 2019 to record…

2019-03-04 22:22   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: An Illustrated History of What Big Oil Knew About Climate Change—Before the Moon Landing

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By now, it’s no secret that oil companies have been long aware of the risks of climate change from burning fossil fuels. Exxon had “no doubt” that carbon dioxide was a global threat by the late 1970s, and Shell wrote in 1988 that the resulting climate change might lead to “the greatest [changes] in recorded history.”

But decades before, the oil industry was already privy to —…

2019-03-03 11:00   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Calling out the Origins of Climate Denial and the 'Climate Change Countermovement'

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Originally posted on the Climate Investigations Center.

In February, the Climate Investigations Center’s Kert Davies was an invited speaker at a collaborative conference held at Brown University on the economic impacts of climate change and the opposition to policy advances. The day long event, America’s Climate Change Future: Housing Markets, Stranded Assets, and Entrenched…

2019-03-02 11:51   Click to comment


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