Jumping into today’s climate hoax

Many of you have now heard of the well-organized hoax against Environment Minister Jim Prentice this morning that involved a fake Jim Prentice Twitter account, a fake Wall Street Journal Article, a fake follow-up press release and now an “accusation” by the Prime Minister’s Spokesman Dimitri Soudas as reported by the “accused”, Equiterre:

Equiterre’s reaction on allegations from the Associate Director- Press Secretary of Prime minister Stephen Harper, Dimitri Soudas

Copenhagen, December 14, 2009- Equiterre reacted in the following terms regarding allegations made today by the Associate Director- Press Secretary of Prime minister Stephen Harper, Mr. Dimitri Soudas. Mr. Soudas accused Steven Guilbeault, cofounder and Deputy Director of Equiterre, to be the source of the spoof on Environment Canada that promotes an important change in the federal government’s climate change policy, The information can be found at the imitation website: www.enviro-canada.ca/index.php.

“Mr. Guilbeault clearly indicated that he is not the source of this spoof. Neither is Equiterre. It is shameful that Office of the Prime Minister is making such accusations without any proof. Mr. Guilbeault and Equiterre are asking Dimitri Soudas to retract his accusations and to present his excuses.

We also deeply regret that Canada’s position on cilmate change is nowhere near the one presented on Environment Canada’s fake website.

Equiterre suggests that the Associate Director, Communication/Press Secretary, Dimitri Soudas, from the Prime Minister office, should stop throwing baseless accusations. A better way to use his time would probably be to advise the Canadian government to change its deeply flawed position on climate.”

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Source :
Marie-Eve Roy
Équiterre
À Copenhague
+ 45 41 63 37 95

Éveline Trudel-Fugère
Équiterre
À Montréal
514-605-2000

Where did the “accusation” come from? Soudas had send this email out to the media regarding the Prentice/WSJ spoof:

Dear media,

You may have received a release entitled:

“CANADA ANNOUNCES REVISED FIGURES FOR EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS, RELIEF FUNDS”

This is not a government of Canada press release.

We’re told it may have been issued by mr. Guilbault from equiterre.

If that’s the case, time would be better used by supporting Canada’s efforts to reach an agreement instead of sending out hoax press releases.

More time should be dedicated to playing a constructive role instead of childish pranks.

What made Soudas suspect Guilbault? Apparently, Guilbault forwarded the spoof press release to people and press attending the Copenhagen climate change summit.

UPDATE: A group calling themselves the “Yes Men” have claimed responsibility for the elaborate hoax.

Comments

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  • John

    Everyone was forwarding this article around this morning. That doesnt mean they produced it. It was obviously a Yes Men stunt.

    Prentice and his tone deaf staff have blown it.

  • Liz J

    It's obviously getting very hard for the climate change hucksters to sustain their hoax, the giant scam called Global Warming.

  • Bec

    “It was obviously a Yes Men stunt.”

    How is that obvious? Do you have supporting proof because if you do, you stand alone as the only one.

    Who ever is responsible, should be charged and have the book thrown at them……and unlike the closed minded folks on this file, I'd say that REGARDLESS of who was the government.

  • Nicola Timmerman

    I guess these guys at the Olympics will be cheering for some other country. Nice way to waste everyone's time, but great publicity as usual by tearing other people or property down.

  • Aureus

    A report by CBC yesterday had Toronto mayor David Miller lamenting Canada's participation in the climate change conference. Mayor Miller was clearly annoyed and called the Canadian position a 'stumbling block' towards consensus.

    Was the news release related?

    If what Mayor Miller says is true, then kudos to the Canadian delegation for showing some spine and standing for the truth.

  • wilson

    The scariest part of this is, that is likely what a' Coalition of Losers' Copenhagen deal would actually look like!!

  • wilson

    The media is trying to start a unity battle they can hang on PMSH.
    Please don't bite.

    Alberta and Saskatchewan took the NEP and grew stronger,
    and will do the same now.
    We are not whiners, looking to shake down Canada,
    we are entrepreneurs.

  • Bec

    I agree and further, Chretien signed Kyoto, received the kudos and DID NOTHING.
    At least we stand with conviction and honesty, attempting to broker a deal that won't break the back of our economy.
    I haven't come across one single yahoo, THAT GETS THAT! Unbelievable.

  • machiavelli

    Unfortunately something rotten is about to happen in the state of Demark where our so-called “world leaders” are expected to acquiesce to a tax escalating and wealth transferring scam. A Canadian PM more apprehensive pursuant to the economy and welfare of Canadians than he is about his own prospects would enthusiastically and ardently oppose any form of the fraud known as “Cap, Tax, & Transfer” which will devastate the Canadian economy, transfer billions of our tax dollars to corrupt socialistic/communist countries, slaughter tens of thousands of our jobs, and diminish our standard of living

    Now that communism has been invalidated, “Climatism” is the new “ism” adopted by the extremists as their vehicle to increase taxes and transfer wealth just as Trudeau’s National Energy Program was intended. The inconvenient truth is that the job slaughtering “Cap, Tax & Transfer” scheme that left-plunging Harper and Prentice are about to inflict us is a stealth strategy for enormous, disingenuous long-term, structural tax increases. “Cap, Tax & Transfer” will evolve around an economic Ponzi scheme that includes an enormous new source of tax revenue to the Canadian government to allow it to continue its current expansion into the private sector, will transfer billions of our tax dollars, will demolish tens of thousands of high paying manufacturing and service jobs, result in the transfer of political power to the emerging global governance, will be a devastating disasters for our children's standard of living, and a overwhelming transfer of wealth starting with the Climate Change Fund (CCF) which is being established to increase the reach of global governance and transfer at least $10 billion annually to the nations (many corrupt, some communist) of the world who repudiate creating their own wealth. However, these countries are not content with transfers of only $10 billion annually; these greedy, commonly corrupted/socialistic leaders are demanding hundreds of billions of dollars transferred each and every year. On top of that, if you can believe it, they don’t want the donor countries to have much say on how the money is spent (wasted). Our PM must stay far, far away from any contributions to this fraud fund which will finance the retirement funds for thousands of corrupt, socialistic, largely unelected leaders. Surely we all remember the last time that the UN was given responsibility and how they managed to screw-up the corrupt “Food for Oil” fund.

    Countries that participate in this wealth transferring and tax increasing scam will discover that their government deeds will result in a massive increase in taxes plus the cost of goods and services such as gasoline, electricity, and most industrial produced products. The increase in the price of Canadian goods would make them less competitive in world markets. Canadian producers will suffer in export markets and domestically in competition with goods imported from countries that do not impose high implicit tax on CO2 emissions. The results of course will be massive manufacturing and service industry job losses leading to a much lower standard of living for us and especially our children…

    The latest scientific evidence clearly illustrates that the climate has not changed in the last eleven years, and that the so-called “climate change” is a socialistic hoax to transfer wealth. Therefore, at this time our PM must not annihilate the Canadian economy just to please the left-wing extremists who insist on higher taxes and wealth transfers. British climate expert Anthony Cary reports that “climate science is in its infancy….only fools or rogues pretend to be sure of what is going on…Our climate models are barely predictive”. Rational people would think that the first step must include legitimate research and informed discussions pursuant to the current climate change paradigms rather than relying on erroneous computer models based on left-bias assumptions and manipulated data by some rogue “scientists”. These scientists are competing in a culture of exaggeration for the finite number of government research dollars by fabricating gloom and doom fantasies. The deliberations must include more than incontrovertibly paying attention to the biased press and environmental NGOs, each of which have their far-left agendas plus incentives to increase their influence and earnings or government grants. Step two would mandate the private sector, including the investment community possibly with tax incentives, to research, develop, produce, and implement technology necessary, such as carbon capture and sequestration, to resolve any climate problems that might be scientifically and legitimately confirmed to be acute; by reducing the carbon intensity per unity of production.

    It is becoming increasing transparent that the so-called “climate change” panic is nothing more than a deception by far-left wealth redistributing advocates. Unfortunately Canada does not have a small-c fiscal conservative PM, nor are small-c conservatives represented in the Conservative Party or the Canadian Parliament, so left- plummeting Harper will likely effusively partake in this wealth transferring swindle which will begin slaughtering the Canadian economy. It is important that if our left-plunging PM is susceptible enough to fall for this con he must at least use existing development aid.

  • Beer and Popcorn

    I wonder if it was one of the fewer than 30 people who showed for the Global Warming rally on Friday in Toronto, which was billed as an “unprecedented mass mobilization” in advance.

    Shouldn't be too hard to track them down..

    http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/20

  • http://vollman.blogspot.com/ Robert V

    40% below 1990 levels within 10 years? And give $13 billion to Africa with what would be left of our crippled economy?

    That wouldn't be science-based, it would be science-fiction based!!

  • http://danbergen.wordpress.com/ Dan Bergen

    A who is search reveals both sites were registered in the past few days. It is impossible to determine who exactly owns the sites. The fake env canada site appears to be a false name complete with a misspelled city, and the wsj site is registered to domains by proxy, a domain privacy service.

  • MrEd

    What I want to know is why the hell is everyone listening to Climatologists about anything… when was the last time the weather man or woman got the forecast right 24/7/365???

    Let’s look at some Phisists, Astrophysists, and individuals who study the planets and their orbits along with the relation of the suns output to climate effects…

    I remember 25 years ago taking a physics course and discussing orbiting bodies. It was pointed out and even David Suzuki commented on this in his “Nature of things” CBC funded show where if the earth didn’t have a circular orbit and strayed only it’s diameter closer or further from the sun we would be either Venus or Mars based on how gravity and the energy of the sun would effect the surface of the planet…

    Why is it so hard to accept the Sun provides all energy here ion the sun, the oceans are the great temp buffers for rise and fall, and our atmosphere follows suite with what the sun decides…

    They call the longer term for weather climate because by it’s very definition it’s long term… Climate change has been going on since before man walked the planet and will be going on ling after we’re gone… you want to stop climate change fine… go out there and stop the next cold air front that dips down from the North Pole and buries Texas in a foot of snow or the next heat wave that comes up from a low presure system in the gulf of Mexico… good luck with that Boy’s and Girls… I’m sure in that world the sky is a nice shade of rose…

  • MrEd

    What I want to know is why the hell is everyone listening to Climatologists about anything… when was the last time the weather man or woman got the forecast right 24/7/365???

    Let’s look at some Phisists, Astrophysists, and individuals who study the planets and their orbits along with the relation of the suns output to climate effects…

    I remember 25 years ago taking a physics course and discussing orbiting bodies. It was pointed out and even David Suzuki commented on this in his “Nature of things” CBC funded show where if the earth didn’t have a circular orbit and strayed only it’s diameter closer or further from the sun we would be either Venus or Mars based on how gravity and the energy of the sun would effect the surface of the planet…

    Why is it so hard to accept the Sun provides all energy here ion the sun, the oceans are the great temp buffers for rise and fall, and our atmosphere follows suite with what the sun decides…

    They call the longer term for weather climate because by it’s very definition it’s long term… Climate change has been going on since before man walked the planet and will be going on ling after we’re gone… you want to stop climate change fine… go out there and stop the next cold air front that dips down from the North Pole and buries Texas in a foot of snow or the next heat wave that comes up from a low presure system in the gulf of Mexico… good luck with that Boy’s and Girls… I’m sure in that world the sky is a nice shade of rose…

  • Observant

    I wouldn't be surprised if this 'hoax' was generated somewhere from within the Canadian civil service … and represents the Liberal fifth column within the civil service … Occam's Razor.

  • zoecaron

    On the ground here in Copenhagen, Stephen. I can attest that it was not Steven Guilbault or Equiterre. The Yes Men have already come forward as the core of the stunt.

    http://www.nationalpost.com/most-popular/story….
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/14/canada
    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/12/14/hoax-
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/bureau-blo

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Hey Zoë

    Hope you're having an interesting time in Copenhagen. Looking forward to hearing your report.

    As for the Yes Men, we heard about this yesterday. I just reported the Soudas/Guibault exchange and why and how it happened. But yes, the post needs an update with that piece of info. Will get to that soon.

  • Get it Right

    Stephen, this has got to be challenged. Machiavelli writes “British climate expert Anthony Cary reports that “climate science is in its infancy….”
    Cary is an ambassador for a country interfering in Canadian politics, not an expert. The UK’s biggest contribution to daily life in Ottawa is collecting and spreading rumours and gossip. They should stick to that and stay out of Canadian affairs.

  • Liz J

    What we have to remember about this Global Warming thingy, it's an easy fix, developed countries send millions to African countries and presto, the earth cools down. The theory must be it will prevent them from industrializing, like there's a hope in hell they ever would.

    Judging from the latest despicable ad put out by the LPC perhaps our PM better wear a brain bucket and a protective vest if he's going to attend the insanity that seems to be gripping the globe spurred on by the Copenhagen conference. The Loonies are everywhere.

    Are the Liberals in a complete breakdown?

  • m123T

    Dave Rutherford is interviewing a professor who had as a class project, how easy it is to pull a scam on the net, fake wiki pages, fake websites, fake info, and the students all passed.
    Can this guy guarantee that some of those students wont get a job in the liberal war room, to set up fake news.

  • TwoYen

    Even though Soudas can use that so-called e-mail as an excuse for his misunderstanding that it was Guilbeault, now that he knows who really was responsible, it would be good politics for him to apologize. He has nothing to lose by being polite.

  • Toronto Tory

    I have to say I am blown away by the hot air and coverage coming from Copenhagen. The group that awards the fossil of the day award has done itself a real diservice by giving canada the award 6 days in a row. Is there no country worse than Canada or do they know that the CBC will give this story unlimitied air time. What is Russia’s environmental record, what is the USA’s record under Obama (oh right no one is aloud to challenge Obama).

  • Liz J

    The climate in Copenhagen is getting hotter since Gore spewed his hot air , even our Lizzie did her bit.

    It's about to chill down a great deal as it closes, there won't be quite enough money committed, it's all about the money, there's no proof human activity is messing with Mother Nature's plans. There's some sense in curbing real pollution, spending money to develop technology to do so, but not paying China to build more coal fired plants or shutting down the most important economic engine in Canada, the oil sands. If that happens provinces like Quebec and Ontario will not be getting handouts from Alberta.

  • Toronto Tory

    Well whoever awarded Canada the “Colossal Fossil” award at Copenhagen has lost all credibility!! THey no that by giving us a phoney award like this will get lots of play in our un-biased media. Are we all to believe that Canada has a worse record than the US, than Russia, than China.

    Also check the story on the cover of the national post, did these girls have to fly to Copenhagen to perform their little stunt?

  • Omanator

    I don't think so. Harper is too much aware that it is a swindle and he will not let the Canadian economy suffer to support the likes of Mugabe. The whole Global Warming Hoax is more and more being discredidet. Just wait and see.

  • Omanator

    Well,my sources in Germany tell me that more and more Scientist are publishing the truth and substantiating it with valid research. That is new, when until heretoo phanatic climate change advocates are now changing their minds. I wonder why.

  • Omanator

    No, the Liberals have been hijacked by the NDP, Bob Ray and Usal Dosangh.

  • Omanator

    I don't think so. Harper is too much aware that it is a swindle and he will not let the Canadian economy suffer to support the likes of Mugabe. The whole Global Warming Hoax is more and more being discredidet. Just wait and see.

  • Omanator

    Well,my sources in Germany tell me that more and more Scientist are publishing the truth and substantiating it with valid research. That is new, when until heretoo phanatic climate change advocates are now changing their minds. I wonder why.

  • Omanator

    No, the Liberals have been hijacked by the NDP, Bob Ray and Usal Dosangh.