Sunday, December 6, 2009 5:00pm Eastern over at FDL.
Chat with James Hoggan about his new book, hosted by Tim Lambert.
An insider’s view of how the energy industry has fuelled a bogus controversy about climate change
This book rips the lid off the campaign to discredit scientists, confuse journalists, and deny climate change. The tactics have been slick, but pr expert James Hoggan and investigative journalist Richard Littlemore have compiled a readable, accessible guidebook through the muck. Beginning with leaked memos from the coal industry, the oil industry and the tobacco-sponsored lie-about-science industry, the authors expose the plans to “debunk” global warming; they track the execution of those plans; and they illuminate the results – confusion, inaction, and an epidemic of public mistrust.
Climate Cover-Up names names, identifying bogus experts who are actually paid lobbyists and flaks. The authors reveal the pr techniques used to misinform, to mangle the language, and to intimidate the media into maintaining a phony climate change debate. Exposing the seedy origins of that debate, this book will leave you fuming at the extent, the effect, and the ethical affront of the climate cover-up.
James Hoggan, co-founder of DeSmogBlog.com, is president of James Hoggan & Associates, an award-winning public relations firm in Canada. Hoggan is also chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and a trustee of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. (http://www.dmpibooks.com/book/climate-cover-up)