Inhofe and the exceptional Fox News climate change coverage

Inhofe and the exceptional Fox News climate change coverage
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Check out Senator Jim Inhofe in full PR spin mode in this Fox News clip. Inhofe complains of media inaccuracies and bias against him and his climate change denialist talking points, mainly at the hands of CNN News.

It seems though that Inhofe is guilty of spreading his own share hyperbole in this FOx News interview. Inhofe uses a letter sent by 60 scientists to  Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as one of his main proofs of the existence of a debate on the realities of climate change.

To quote Inhofe: “Let me just tell you something that is very significant, there are 60 scientists in Canada that had been recommending to Prime Minister Harper that they get off the Kyoto Protocol… they had said, that if they had known in the middle 90’s about what we know today about the science we would have never gotten on to the Kyoto Protocol. Nobody wants to talk about that.”

Here is the letter by the 60 scientists that Inhofe is referring to.  Of the 60 scientists, only 19 are Canadian, the remaing 31 are from all over the map and include some of the more notorious climate change “skeptics”, like Sallie Baliunas, Fred Singer and Pat Michaels. Of the 19 Canadians scientists, only 9 have even a remote academic background in the area of climate science. Not to mention that the letter was organized by the so-called Friends of Science, a climate change denial organization that was recently pummeled in the media for covering up funding they recieved from the oil and gas industry.

And the Senator actually wonders why this “60 scientist letter” doesn’t get the attention of the media.

Inhofe and the exceptional Fox News climate change coverage

Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog.

He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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