NRSP's Tom Harris power chugs the kool aid on late-night talkshow

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In a recent call-in portion on an Ottawa late-night call-in show, Tom Harris, executive director of the energy industry front group, the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (NRSP), offers up some laughable quotes:

Harris: “There was 100 people that appeared in the [government of Canada’s] Clean Air Act hearings that just wrapped up and I went through the list and there wasn’t a single doubter out of 100 people, that was questioning the science of climate change.”

I think Harris misses the point. The hearing was about a Clean Air Act, not a Clear Air Debate. Inherent the government’s decision to take action against climate change, is the conclusion that climate change is a reality – a conclusion that even Exxon Mobil finds inescapable.

Harris continues: “So I’m afraid that probably on Thursday what we’re going to see is a highly focussed greenhouse gas C02 reduction plan coming out, which is just ridiculous.”

Did someone mention kool-aid? Because at this point Harris and the host John Counsel sit down for a nice big glass of their own.

Counsell replies:

Yah, yah, it’s sad. It really is. But you guys have the truth on your side. You know, and that keeps you going. and there’s no way you’re going to give up when you know something’s true and you know its proven. You don’t back off.”

Here’s the clip. Enjoy.

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Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmog. 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 DeSmog, 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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