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The DeSmogBlog team is led by Jim Hoggan, founder of James Hoggan & Associates, one of Canada's leading public relations firms. By training a lawyer, by inclination a ski instructor and cyclist, Jim Hoggan believes that integrity and public relations should not be at odds – that a good public reputation generally flows from a record of responsible actions. His client list includes real estate development companies, high tech firms, pharmaceutical, forest industry giants, resorts and academic institutions. He is also a Board Member of the David Suzuki Foundation.

Recent Articles

DeSmogBlog: Wined and Dined by Energy Industry Consultant, State Utility Regulators Met With Its Client

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A consulting firm that organizes official missions abroad and conferences for state utility commissioners used the links it cultivated with these regulators to advance its own client’s interests, a DeSmog investigation has found.

Documents obtained from several state public utility commissions through open records requests provide a glimpse into the methods employed behind…

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DeSmogBlog: Top EPA Advisers Challenge Long-Standing Air Pollution Science, Threatening Americans’ Health

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By Richard E. Peltier, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Americans rely on the Environmental Protection Agency to set pollution control standards that protect their health. But on April 11, an important scientific advisory group submitted recommendations to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler that propose new and dangerous ways of interpreting findings on the health effects of…

2019-04-24 06:14   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: In Ruling on Coal Mining, Federal Judge Issues Latest Rebuke of Trump's Attack on Public Lands

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By Julia Conley, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams.

Green groups on Saturday celebrated the latest federal ruling aimed at preventing President Donald Trump from rolling back environmental regulations that were put in place by his predecessor.

Judge Brian Morris issued a ruling late Friday stating that the Interior Department broke federal law when it…

2019-04-22 22:03   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Gas Driller at Center of 2019 Pulitzer-Winning Book on Fracking Still Faces Legal Battles

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Eliza Griswold’s book Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America examines the impacts of fracking in western Pennsylvania, and on Monday it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.

Griswold’s book carefully refuses the birds-eye view of fracking’s impacts — readers will find few state or national statistics — and instead presents the detailed…

2019-04-21 10:56   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Critics Say Louisiana ‘Highjacked’ Climate Resettlement Plan for Isle de Jean Charles Tribe

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Albert Naquin, Chief of the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe (IDJC), often loses sleep over his tribe’s fate as its historic island homeland continues to lose land at an alarming rate. His dream to relocate the tribe from Isle de Jean Charles with a federal grant has turned into a nightmare.

After helping the Louisiana Office of Community Development…

2019-04-20 10:04   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Movement to Build National Support for Green New Deal Starts in Boston, ‘City of Revolutions’

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The past two years, 2017 and 2018, brought the U.S. two major youth-led movements. The first was borne out of the March for Our Lives, which saw hundreds of thousands rallying for gun violence prevention in D.C. and across the country. The second was the Sunrise Movement.

Tags: Sunrise MovementAlexandria Ocasio-CortezEd Markeybostonnancy pelosiVarshini Prakash

2019-04-19 20:40   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Comment: Judge in Peter Ridd Case Says Trial Was Not About Climate Science or Freedom of Speech

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Sacked Australian scientist and hero of climate science deniers everywhere — Dr. Peter Ridd — has won his case against former employer James Cook University (JCU).

Judge Salvatore Vasta, in Australia’s circuit court, said actions the university took to censure and ultimately fire Ridd were all “unlawful.”

In a long statement, JCU said it was “considering its options” and said…

2019-04-19 05:00   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Exclusive: Air Permit OK’d After New Evidence of Carcinogens at Enbridge’s Planned Gas Facility in Massachusetts Left out

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In the Greater Boston area, Enbridge is planning to build a controversial natural gas facility at a densely populated site which already has elevated levels of previously unreported carcinogens, documents obtained by DeSmog suggest.

Despite receiving new information indicating the current presence of these pollutants in the air around Enbridge’s proposed gas compressor…

2019-04-18 23:23   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Chevron and Exxon Say They Can Turn Around the Failed Finances of Fracking Industry

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After a decade of the American fracking industry burning through hundreds of billions of dollars more than it earned, this industry previously dominated by shale drilling specialists is entering a new phase. The oil majors — a group of multinational companies that typically have divisions throughout the oil supply chain — now are investing heavily in fracked oil and gas…

2019-04-18 22:17   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Trump Order to Allow LNG by Rail Would Expand ‘Bomb Train’ Risks

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On April 10, first responders in Durham, North Carolina, responded to a suspected natural gas leak. While they were evacuating people from the area, the gas exploded, killing one person and injuring at least 25.

The same day Durham was dealing with the aftermath of a deadly natural gas explosion, President Donald Trump was issuing an executive order directing federal…

2019-04-17 22:13   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: MEPs Decide not to Punish Exxon for Failure to Show at Climate Denial Hearing

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ExxonMobil will retain its ability to lobby the European Parliament after MEPs refused to take away their badges.

The ability of the oil major to meet with Brussels decisionmakers was under question after the company refused to attend a hearing on their history of climate denial, citing ongoing litigation in the US.

Party presidents within the European Parliament decided…

2019-04-16 19:47   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Polly Higgins — Meet the Lawyer Taking on Big Oil’s ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

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Polly Higgins is a woman on the hunt. And you get the sense that, after decades of working towards holding powerful polluters to account, her prey may finally be in sight.

“When you're looking at any crime, you're looking at who are your suspects,” she tells me in a soft Scottish accent that belies the hard truths she regularly delivers. “Within a corporate context, you're…

2019-04-16 14:09   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Utah’s Coal-ash Pollution: A Toxic Example of a National Problem

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By Daria Bachmann, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator under a CC BY-NC-SA license.

The three smokestacks of PacifiCorp’s coal-fired Hunter Power Plant loom in the skies on a 1,000-acre site just south of Castle Dale, Utah.

Commissioned in 1978, the Hunter plant burns millions of tons of coal a year and generates more than 1,500 megawatts of electricity for use…

2019-04-15 21:08   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: World Bank Criticized for Coal, Oil and Gas Funding

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By Natalie Sauer, Climate Home News. This article originally appeared on Climate Home News.

The World Bank Group faces criticism for continuing to back fossil fuel development, despite moves to clean up its portfolio.

It has earned green credentials for ending direct lending to coal-fired power plants, promising to axe support for oil and gas exploration and increasing its…

2019-04-14 11:05   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: The Problematic White Supremacy Roots of This Supposed Green New Deal Satire

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This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup.

On Wednesday, the Daily Caller published an opinion piece by Heartland Institute policy analyst Timothy Benson that we can only assume is satire. Benson argues in the piece that when it comes to addressing the existential threat of climate change, “if we can’t persuade” the current-top-emitters of China, Russia and India to cut…

2019-04-13 12:10   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: 'Virtually No Risk of Drilling Restrictions,' West Virginia Official Tells Fracking-Reliant Petrochemical Industry

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This week, at an industry conference focused on wooing petrochemical producers to West Virginia, officials from the state and federal government made clear their support for continuing fracked shale gas extraction and petrochemical industry development near the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale.

Why should petrochemical companies build in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio?…

2019-04-12 20:01   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: 4,500+ Amazon Employees Call on the Company to Take Climate Action

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By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

More than 4,500 Amazon employees have signed a letter calling on the company to take concrete action on climate change, with demands including a complete transition away from fossil fuels.

The letter was posted on Medium Wednesday by a group calling itself Amazon Employees for Climate Justice and was…

2019-04-11 21:44   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: 'Are You Serious?' John Kerry Interrupts GOP Climate Denial Logic in Disbelief

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Congressional discussions over climate change have reached such a low point that during this week’s House hearing on the national security risks of climate change, former Secretary of State John Kerry, who was testifying, broke down and just asked his Republican questioner, “Are you serious?”

Tags: John KerryChuck Hagelnational securityclimate riskAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez

2019-04-10 20:27   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Police Delayed Review of Tactics for Controlling Fracking Protest as Conflict Escalated, Leaked Emails Show

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Police have been criticised for repeatedly delaying a review of official guidance for policing fracking protests after a cache of leaked correspondence highlighted ongoing problems with the consultation process. More than two years after the review was first promised, DeSmog and the Guardian can exclusively reveal it has now been delayed for a fifth time.

Dozens of leaked…

2019-04-10 11:01   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Researchers Warn Arctic Has Entered 'Unprecedented State' That Threatens Global Climate Stability

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By Jon Queally, Common Dreams. Originally posted on Common Dreams.

A new research paper by American and European climate scientists focused on Arctic warming published Monday reveals that the “smoking gun” when it comes to changes in the world's northern polar region is rapidly warming air temperatures that are having — and will continue to have — massive and negative impacts…

2019-04-08 20:50   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: From California to Louisiana: Finding America's Climate Heroes

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British video activist Shaun Dey was one of two members of Reel News who went to North America last year to make films about grassroots struggles around climate change, particularly around the ideas of “just transition” and “just recovery”. He reflects on his experience of travelling the region for 14 weeks.

Tags: Reel News

2019-04-08 12:38   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Climate Research Needs to Change to Help Communities Plan for the Future

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By Robert Kopp, Rutgers University

Climate change is a chronic challenge — it is here now, and will be with us throughout this century and beyond. As the U.S. government’s National Climate Assessment report made clear, it’s already affecting people throughout the United States and around the world.

Tags: climate change scienceclimate adaptationsea level rise

2019-04-07 12:02   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Miami Real Estate Market Shows How Climate Denial Is a Luxury of Wealth

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This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup.

Two great pieces of journalism were published this week we’d like to draw attention to today. While neither were particularly focused on climate change denial, taken together, they provide some helpful insight into denial not only as a state of mind, but as a function of luxury and privilege.

That’s the underlying message of Sarah…

2019-04-06 11:27   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: Federal Government Foot-Dragging Helps Oil Industry Delay Oil-by-Rail Rules

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In an attempt to reduce the risk of fiery oil train accidents, the state of Washington is working to pass a bill that would limit the vapor pressure of oil on trains to below 9 pounds per square inch (psi). Vapor pressure is a measure of the volatility of flammable liquids and correlates to their likelihood of igniting. Higher vapor pressure means an oil is more volatile and…

2019-04-05 20:18   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: On Health of the Great Barrier Reef and Case of Sacked Scientist Peter Ridd, Sky News Creates Alternate Reality

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is in some serious trouble, with the latest research in the journal Nature showing the number of new corals has dropped by 89 percent.

In 2016 and 2017, the reef was smashed by back-to-back mass bleaching events and heat stress caused by global warming that killed about half the corals.

“Dead corals don’t make babies,” said James Cook…

2019-04-04 18:18   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: How State Power Regulators Are Making Utilities Account for the Costs of Climate Change

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By Iliana Paul, New York University and Denise Grab, New York University

The electricity powering your computer or smartphone that makes it possible for you to read this article could come from one of several sources. It’s probably generated by burning natural gas or coal or from operating a nuclear reactor, unless it’s derived from hydropower or wind or solar energy. Who…

2019-04-03 19:01   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: America’s Missed Climate Targets Cost Global Economy $1 Trillion, Dublin-based Think Tank Finds

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Since 1992, the United States consistently has missed its targets for reducing globe-warming emissions, and a Dublin-based think tank estimates the resulting damage to the global economy has been $1 trillion.

The U.S. polluted far more — 20 billion tons of CO2 worth — than American negotiators said it would during repeated rounds of global climate deals, including Rio in…

2019-04-02 22:23   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: NAACP Reveals Tactics Fossil Fuel Industry Uses to Manipulate Communities of Color

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The fossil fuel industry regularly deploys manipulative and dishonest tactics when engaging with communities of color, often working to co-opt the respect and authority of minority-led groups to serve corporate goals. That is according to a new report, “Fossil Fueled Foolery,” published today by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which…

2019-04-01 18:59   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: And So Ends 30 Years of Climate Science Denial — Christopher Booker Has Written His Last Telegraph Column

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30 years after he first graced the Sunday Telegraph’s comment pages, Christopher Booker has at last put down his pen. With the death of his column goes one of the last remaining regular outlets for outright climate science denial in the UK’s mainstream press.

Of course, he wasn’t going to go quietly. In his final column, he runs down what he sees as his greatest achievements,…

2019-04-01 07:25   Click to comment

DeSmogBlog: The Coal Industry Isn’t Going Anywhere — Yet

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By John R. Platt, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator.

Surprisingly, the climate-threatening industry is still in a growth mode in some parts of the world. Will that change fast enough to save the planet?

What does the future look like for coal?

Tags: coal industryIndia

2019-03-31 14:08   Click to comment

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