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Posted inInside the Newsroom

Jaspin and Williams speak at SFSU

Cox reporter and author Elliot Jaspin and documentary film producer Marco Williams converged at San Francisco State University in May to talk to students and visitors and answer questions about their respective projects. Jaspin read an excerpt from his new book Buried in the Bitter Waters and Williams screened his award-winning documentary Banished.

Posted inEnvironment

Shaping the Media Message: Satires and Web Videos

Media companies funded by ExxonMobil have produced low-budget web videos satirizing Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. “An Inconvenient Story” This web-only video was produced by Competitive Enterprise Institute to criticize Al Gore’s travel in the promotion of “An Inconvenient Truth.” “Al Gore’s Penguin Army” Another group influencing public opinion and receiving money from ExxonMobil is […]

Posted inEnvironment

Skateboarding for a Cooler World

What are carbon offsets? Does buying stickers really make up for the pollution you’ve caused? Visit three companies who think it can. Credits: Written, directed, and produced by Niall McKay Presenter: Lee West Senior producer: Oriana Zill de Granados Editor: Carlo Kamin Camera: Andy Schocken, Marissa Aroy, Niall McKay Researcher: Mia Lobel Production Assistant: Ilja […]

Posted inEnvironment

Hot Politics

FRONTLINE and the Center for Investigative Reporting go behind the scenes to explore how bi-partisan political and economic forces prevented the U.S. government from confronting what may be one of the most serious problems facing humanity today. The film examines some of the key moments that have shaped the politics of global warming and how […]

Posted inEnvironment

Oil Slick

The petro-giants are touting their new sensitivity to global warming. They’re also spending huge amounts of money to defeat anti-warming legislation. To hear the captains of the oil industry speak these days, you’d think the petro-giants are leading the charge against climate change. At a recent energy conference in Houston, the CEOs of both Chevron […]

Posted inEnvironment

Science Suppressed

A major climate change report commissioned by the Clinton Administration warned of the impacts on agriculture, coasts, and water. Interview excerpts from Hot Politics reveal the Bush Administration tried to suppress the report.   Resource Links: Read the complete National Assessment of Climate Change report online. An email from Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute to Phil […]

Posted inEnvironment

Shaping the Media Message: Documentary Films

These documentaries that spread doubt about global warming were funded by energy companies or feature their paid global warming skeptics. “The Greening of Planet Earth” This documentary film was produced by Western Fuels Association, via the now-defunct subgroup “The Greening Earth Society,” an organization that promoted the idea that carbon dioxide (CO2) has beneficial effects […]

Posted inEnvironment

The Manipulation of Science

In the spring of 1998, a remarkable document surfaced. The eight-page “action plan” detailed plans by the American energy industry — notably oil companies and a large electricity producer — to derail the Kyoto Protocol, the landmark treaty aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. At the time, then-President Bill Clinton and his deputies were […]