Monday, April 18, 2011

The Truth about DeSmogBlog

DeSmogBlog is a smear site founded by a scientifically unqualified public relations man, James Hoggan and funded by a convicted money launderer, John Lefebvre. The irony here is their favorite tactic is to attempt to smear those they disagree with as funded by "dirty money". Since its creation in 2006 the site has done nothing but post poorly researched propaganda with a clear intent to smear respected scientists, policy analysts or groups who dare oppose an alarmist position on global warming. Their articles frequently reference unreliable sources such as Wikipedia and Sourcewatch since they are unable to find any fact based criticisms of those they attack in respected news sources.

James Hoggan
"These are not debunkers, testing outrageous claims with scientific rigor. They are deniers - like Holocaust deniers"
- James Hoggan, 2005
About: Who We Are - [Archive] (DeSmogBlog)
"The DeSmogBlog team is led by Jim Hoggan, founder of James Hoggan & Associates, one of Canada's leading public relations firms."
Who is James Hoggan? - [Archive] (National Post, Canada, June 5, 2008)
"So who is James Hoggan? He's a public relations man, based in Vancouver. His firm, James Hoggan and Associates, is positioned as a feel-good local operation with clients in all the "right" public and private sectors. He also sits on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation.

One of his side efforts is a blog operated out of Hoggan and Associates. Funded by retired Internet bubble king John Lefebvre, the blog has one full-time and three part-time staff. They spend their time tracking down and maliciously attacking all who have doubts about climate change and painting them as corporate pawns.

There has been no mention on the blog, nor on The Fifth Estate, of James Hoggan's client list. They include or have included the National Hydrogen Association, Fuel Cells Canada, hydrogen producer QuestAir, Naikun Wind Energy and Ballard Fuel Cells. Mr. Hoggan, in other words, benefits from regulatory policy based on climate change science."

John Lefebvre

About: Who We Are - [Archive] (DeSmogBlog)
"The DeSmogBlog team is especially grateful to our benefactor John Lefebvre, a lawyer, internet entrepreneur and past-president of NETeller, a firm that has been providing secure online transactions since 1999."
Blog Funder Guilty of Money-Laundering - [Archive] (Heartland Institute, February 1, 2008)
"John Lefebvre, the top financial benefactor of the DeSmog Blog, is facing substantial prison time after pleading guilty to federal money-laundering charges. The DeSmog Blog is operated by a small group of public relations people who specialize in attempting to discredit respected scientists and policy analysts who disagree with alarmist global warming theory. Ironically, DeSmog Blog's favorite tactic is to claim scientists and policy analysts who disagree with alarmist global warming theory are funded by "dirty money." The revelation of the blog's major source of funding as a convicted money launderer may undermine DeSmog's attempts to smear the integrity of respected, law-abiding scientists who disagree with them."
NETeller ex-directors on money laundering charges - [Archive] (Reuters, January 16, 2007)
"Two former directors and founding shareholders of NETeller Plc [Stephen Lawrence and John Lefebvre], have been charged in the United States with laundering billions of dollars in illegal gambling proceeds."
Ex-NETeller exec pleads guilty in gambling case - [Arhive] (Reuters, July 10, 2007)
"Lefebvre pleaded guilty to a wide-ranging conspiracy charge that included transmitting interstate and foreign bets, promoting gambling offences and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business between 1999 and 2007."
New York Southern District Court - Case No. 1:07-cr-00597: USA v. Lawrence et al - [Archive]
JUDGMENT: As to John David Lefebvre (2), Count 1, Imprisonment: 45 days; Supervised Release: 1 Year. [..] The defendant is to pay a fine in the amount of $750,000.00 (Signed by Judge P. Kevin Castel on 10/25/2011)


PeterLester said...

DeSmogBlog has shifted its strategy to become DeSmogCanada and toned down their rhetoric slightly so as to gain exposure through other e-zines and news articles.....

Problem is that their agenda remains essentially the same...... The deception and lies are more carefully hidden now......

Here is an example of their progress...

Martha Ball said...

Dr Tim Ball – Historical Climatologist
Book ‘The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science’.
Book “Human Caused Global Warming”, 'The Biggest Deception in History’.

BREAKING - Dr. Tim Ball wins @MichaelEMann lawsuit - Mann has to pay

Optimist said...

This article about DeSmogBlog fails to mention DeSmogBlog's main characteristic. It tries to substitute character attack, challenges to others' integrity, rumours and innuendo for genuine debate on the science, economics and policy issues surrounding the twin theses that humans are causing catastrophic global warming and that expensive emissions reduction action by Canada can somehow "fix" that. It is the home of the "ad hominem" attack, the epicentre of cowardly debate tactics.