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More Aussie astroturf

The Australian Environmental Foundation is a brand new environmental organization. Unfortunately they have chosen a very similar name to the long established Australian Conservation Foundation, so similar that the ACF has sued for trademark infringement. Probably the best way to keep them apart is to remember that the Australian Conservation Foundation is a grass roots…

Aussie astroturf, oi oi oi

A new organization Climatechangeissues.com has sprung into existence in Australia to support solutions to the unresolved issues of climate change which are based on sound science, use market mechanisms and trade liberalisation as a key driver of economic growth and poverty reduction. They are funded by organizations, individuals, companies and foundations who support a balanced…

An astroturf scientific journal

I wrote earlier about how tobacco company documents, released as apart of the Tobacco Settlement Agreement proved that Philip Morris created junkscience.com to argue that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) was harmless. Those documents also tell the story of how they set up a scientific journal controlled by tobacco-friendly editors so that research finding that ETS…

The Lavoisier Group

The Lavoisier group is an Australian astroturf operation. John Quiggin observed that: This body is devoted to the proposition that basic principles of physics, discovered by among others, the famous French scientist Antoine Lavoisier, cease to apply when they come into conflict with the interests of the Australian coal industry. Melissa Fyfe has an interesting…

Envirotruth or Envirodare

The grandly named EnviroTruth web site has section that purports to debunk “myths” about climate change. The “myths” include the usual false claims such as satellite measurements don’t show warming, but “myth” number 11 is pretty funny. Here’s “myth” 11: Those Who Question Whether Human Activity Contributes in Any Significant Fashion to Climate Change are…

Last year I wrote about how Tech Central Station was an astroturf operation, drafted by a public relations company to provide supposedly independent support for the PR companies clients. The Alexis de Tocqueville Institute (ADTI) is another astroturf operation. As part of the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Philip Morris (PM) agreed to release millions of documents…

Andrew Wakefield published a study linking immunization injections with autism. The Lancet now says that it should never have been published because of a “fatal conflict of interest”. At the time Wakefield was being paid to collect evidence to support possible compensation claims. Ten of his coauthors have issued a retraction, though Wakefield has refused.…

Steve Milloy, shill

Apart from the one or two posts about John Lott I’ve also posted about ozone depletion denial, creationism and astroturf. All these topics, as well as Lott, come together in the person of Steve Milloy. Milloy runs a website junkscience.com that purports to debunk “junk science”. Unsuspecting visitors might think that Milloy’s site is devoted…

More Microsoft astroturfing?

Nick Confessore has an interesting article in which he reveals that webzine Tech Central Station is actually drafted by DCI, an organization that specializes in astroturfing. An extract: TCS’s articles have also complemented work being done by DCI. During 2000, Microsoft contracted with DCI to perform various services, among them generating “grassroots” letters opposing a…