June 18, 2009
This site is the archive of the Small Town Project, formerly at smalltownproject.org. For John Feeney’s current site, see johnfeeney.net.
(In importing the content to this blog, images were lost, though captions remain. (I’m not bothering to clean things up.) Also, resource links formerly in the sidebar disappeared, but most can be found on the “Expanded, Annotated Links” page. All text content appears to have made the transfer successfully.)
April 28, 2006
My last post touched on the politics of climate change. Today, PRI’s program, To the Point, addressed the issue well. (You should be able to listen to the show in your preferred format from this page. Better, perhaps, is to download it as a podcast, which you can play on iTunes or other such software.)
I was especially glad to hear the comments of Mark Hertsgaard, environmental correspondent for The Nation magazine. Hertsgaard is forthright about Exxon’s (and others’) funding of disinformation campaigns to mislead both the public and lawmakers to believe the jury is out on anthropogenic global warming, and that we’d therefore better not rush to do anything about it. It’s good to know a larger audience is now hearing about these reprehensible tactics.
Whether as a result of such propaganda, corporate motives, or shear ignorance, the Bush administration appears to embrace the ridiculous notion that climate change is a “liberal hoax.” There’s much more on this in Hertsgaard’s Vanity Fair article, While Washington Slept.
April 22, 2006
Here’s a good link for Earth Day. Admittedly, it was the first link supplied by clicking today on Google’s logo. But it’s a good one, well designed with plenty of useful links and information.
It is, of course, not the only such site. Big business and an array of groups opposed to government regulation of business (such as environmental regulation) have created plenty of sites containing anti-environmental propaganda, and trying, for instance, to muddy the waters about climate change. They want you to believe the jury is out on climate change, that there’s no solid evidence it is significantly human-caused.
A classic example is globalwarming.org, a site created by the so called “Cooler Heads Coalition.” It’s a big oil and big business front group which publishes bogus information on climate change in an authoritative looking package. On the site you can find lots of assertions which nearly any climate scientist will tell you are just flat wrong.
For legitimate information on climate change you might start with RealClimate, a site run by a group of working climate scientists, some of them quite prominent in the field. The few legitimate scientists (versus the total hacks) among the global warming “skeptics” often have ties to big oil.