Friends of Science Caught in the Gauntlet

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The Friends of Science – the nearly bankrupted Canadian climate change denial organization – comes under fire in the University of Calgary student newspaper, the Gauntlet, which asks a few pointed questions about why the university has not done more to sever the frequent (and financial) associations between Friends and the school.

Most particularly, Jon Roe at the Gauntlet suggests that Professor Barry Cooper, a political scientist who has promoted the connection and helped hide the oily source of the Friends’ declining revenue, should be held accountable for having damaged the university’s reputation by his actions.

As noted in the Gauntlet article, the DeSmogBlog has also queried Elections Canada about the legality of the Friends’ undeclared third-party advertising campaign in the last federal election. The answer may not come quickly, but we’re all sitting by the mailbox looking forward to the response.

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