Tagged: NZ CSC

Big coal coughs up for climate denial ’conference’, takes NZ sceptics along for the ride - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 16, 2012

As US corporate donors step away from the Heartland Institute following their ad campaign likening climate change believers to mass murderers and terrorists, big coal — in the shape of the Illinois Coal Association, supported by all the major US coal companies — has stepped in as a “Gold Sponsor” to support Heartland’s climate “conference” [...] … Read More

Prat watch #6: My coup runneth over - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 04, 2012

Courtesy of the ever-helpful NZ Climate “Science” Coalition — you know, the guys who take money from American think tanks and found “charities” to sue scientists — I stumble on a remarkable exposition of the world view to which they subscribe. Apparently, “Climate criminals almost took control of the whole world by deception, a grand [...] … Read More

How Heartland lied to me and illegally recorded the lies - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Mar 15, 2012

4 a.m. Bali, December 2007, the first Tuesday of the two-week UN climate talks. My phone rings, waking me up. Blearily, and a little crossly, I answer it. I was in Bali to run Greenpeace International’s media for the meeting. The caller was someone called “John” who said he was an intern for a US […] … Read More

The Carter Controversy - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 01, 2012

The strange case of the cranks who think that suing scientists is the way to make warming go away — or the New Zealand Climate “Science Education Trust” versus the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere Research (NIWA) — grinds on like a modern day Jarndyce and Jarndyce. The NZCSET (being Barry Brill, Terry Dunleavy, [...] … Read More

What becomes of the broken Heartland? - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Feb 20, 2012

The ramifications of last week’s leak of internal documents from the Heartland Institute — the US lobby group up to its neck in organised climate denial in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and perhaps elsewhere — continue to make news. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Heartland money was used to fund Aussie climate [...] … Read More

Puppets on a string: US think tank funds NZ sceptics - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 24, 2012

The Heartland Institute, the US organisation that plays a key role in organised climate denial, has directly funded New Zealand’s most prominent sceptics, a search of US Internal Revenue Service documents has revealed. In 2007, Heartland granted US$25,000 (NZ$32,000) to the NZ Climate “Science” Coalition, sending the money to NZ CSC member Owen McShane. They [...] … Read More

Cranking it out: NZ papers conned by denier media strategy - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Jan 16, 2012

My inbox in the last month has filled with emails about denier articles in leading New Zealand newspapers. It’s been a veritable crank central across the country. They include the ridiculous opinion piece by Jim Hopkins in the Herald late last year, a similar feature by Bryan Leyland  published in both the DomPost and The […] … Read More

McLean’s folly 2: the reckoning - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 12, 2012

Ten months ago, Aussie “sceptic” John McLean predicted that 2011 would be “the coolest year since 1956″. I pointed out at the time that this was nonsense, and so it has proven to be. I’ve taken the GISS global temperature figure for Jan – Nov 2011 (+0.51ºC compared to the 1951-80 average) and added it [...] … Read More

You’re (not) the BEST thing - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 24, 2011

Set aside for one moment the fact that New Zealand has just (in every sense of that word) won the Rugby World Cup for the first time in a quarter of a century, and consider instead events in the world of temperature records. (Don’t worry, it won’t take long). A team led by Berkeley physicist [...] … Read More

Don Brash: climate cluelessâ„¢ to the core - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 30, 2011

The new leader of New Zealand’s far-right ACT Party — the former National Party leader, Don Brash — has confirmed that he’s a fully paid up member of the climate cluelessâ„¢, a worthy successor to Rodney Hide, and perfectly on side with major ACT Party backer, millionaire Alan Gibbs (who just happens to be on [...] … Read More