NRSP's Tom Harris on the offensive after CBC "Denial Machine" rebroadcast last night

NRSP's Tom Harris on the offensive after CBC "Denial Machine" rebroadcast last night
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Here’s a breathless email sent to me today by an anonymous source.

It’s penned by NRSP‘s Tom “I can’t disclose my funding sources Harris in reaction to a CBC rebroadcasting of the Fifth Estate’s “The Denial Machine” documentary last night:

From: Tom Harris [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 4:22 PM
To: Tom Harris
Subject: Global Warming Propaganda continues on CBC TV tonight – at least the sixth rebroadcast of “The Denial Machine”

DeSmogBlog note: Tom, you forgot that it was also rebroadcast nationally on ABC Australia!

The CBC are again re-broadcasting “The Denial Machine” this evening:
see http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/ . Unless they have engaged in significant
editing (they have not in past re-broadcasts as far as I can tell), the programme includes video segments of our Chairman Dr. Tim Ball that were secretly taken by CBC camera operators without his permission and used even after he told them he would not be interviewed by them. Please let me know if you would like to speak with Dr. Ball about this atrocious situation.

DeSmogBlog Note: Shortly after the Globe and Mail ran a scathing piece about Tim Ball and the oil industry-backed “Friends of Science,” Ball was ducking media left and right. That was until the CBC caught up with him at a public event at a Dawson Creek Oil and Gas convention. In fact, here’s a clip of Ball from the “Denial Machine” episode. Does this look like “secret footage taken by CBC camera operators?”

In addition, the CBC has been told over and over about the many science and other mistakes in the programme but they apparently don’t care and continue to broadcast it repeatedly anyways. I have alerted the network to the fact that shows of this nature are a direct violation of their policy book rules that require fair and balanced coverage of issues important to Canada but they apparently don’t care about that either.

DeSmogBlog note: what was not fair and balanced in this piece? The “deniers” in the “denial machine” were interviewed by the 5th Estate and given a lot of airtime to defend their positions. Like Fred Singer does so eloquently in this clip from the documentary.

Even the programme title is misleading – nobody “denies” climate change. The scientists they feature may believe that humankind causes little of the change, or that the change (even if partly human induced) does not constitute a crisis. This is a far cry from denying “climate change”. When somebody hear that scientist X denies “climate change”, it, by definition, implies that the scientist expects the climate to remain static forever and destroys the scientist’s credibility ­ is this why the term “climate denier” is used regularly by people like those who put together tonight’s programme?

DeSmogBlog note: “climate deniers” is common vernacular used to refer to the small group of individuals who deny the overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change is happening and/or it is being caused by human activity and/or the effects of climate change will be overwhelmingly bad for us and the planet.

They also say that only a “small number” of scientists disagree with the Suzuki/IPCC/Al Gore point of view ­ that is also nonsense, as many of you receiving this e-mail know well.

DeSmogBlog note: it is not “Al Gore’s” or “David Suzuki’s” science. It is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) science though, along with other esteemed scientific bodies like NASA, NOAA, the UK‘s Royal Society, the US National Academy of Science, not to mention the National Academies of Science in every developed nation in the world.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this further.

Sincerely,

Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (thermofluids) Executive Director Natural
Resources Stewardship Project P.O. Box 23013 Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4E2

Phone: 613-234-4487
Web: www.nrsp.com

DeSmogBlog note: And for more on Tom Harris, Tim Ball and the NRSP, please take a moment to read a sampling of other DeSmogBlog stories we have done over the last while:

NRSP: Not Really Science People

NRSP Controlled by Energy Lobbyists

NRSP: Climate Change Deniers-Are-Us

Lonely NRSP Experts Shouting in the Wind

Ball Bails on Johnson Lawsuit

Oil Companies Funding Friends of Science, Tim Ball takes the Brunt

Are the Estonians Funding the NRSP?

Sincerely,

Kevin Grandia, BA (social science), MBlog, PrD (proud dad)

NRSP's Tom Harris on the offensive after CBC "Denial Machine" rebroadcast last night

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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