Rex Murphy leaves the Globe and Mail, according to Peter Mansbridge

Last July, I jotted down five ideas for how  the Globe and Mail's new editor-in-chief, John Stackhouse, could improve  his paper.

The first thing I wrote was "Less Rex Murphy, please". I was tired of reading Murphy's skepticism about the reality of climate change--a viewpoint we hear enough of in the National Post and other Canwest newspapers as well as on private radio stations.

This week, I was delighted to hear the CBC's chief correspondent, Peter Mansbridge, announce on the national news that Murphy will be writing his columns in the future for the National Post. It means no more Murphy on the opinion page of the Saturday Globe and Mail.

I don't know if Murphy jumped or if he was pushed by Stackhouse. Regardless, I'm looking forward to picking up a Saturday  Globe and Mail  without one of  Murphy's typically ill-informed attacks on climate-change  scientists.

I'll close with one scary thought. One of the five vacant seats in the  Senate is for Newfoundland and Labrador. There are currently 49 Liberals, 46 Conservatives, two Progressive Conservatives and three others in the Senate.

If Harper fills all five vacancies with Conservatives, he will have  a narrow  majority in the upper house with the support of the two Progressive Conservatives.

And who best to represent Newfoundland and Labrador in the Senate  than Murphy, a confirmed skeptic on climate change?

He has lost three provincial campaigns--once as a Tory and twice as a Liberal. That alone makes him a prime prospect for the chamber of sober, second thought.

In the 1980s, Murphy  also worked for a former Liberal premier, Clyde Wells.

By appointing Murphy, Harper could burnish his credentials as a supposed centrist and  win some votes from CBC viewers and listeners.

There's one other benefit:  Harper would have a high-profile Newfoundlander who could  serve as  his attack dog against Premier Danny Williams.

Harper could also rest assured that this newest senator from Newfoundland and Labrador wouldn't create any problems for the Alberta oil and gas industry.

Of course, Murphy  hasn't always been so fond of the Senate.  Last August, he described it in a Globe and Mail column as  "the ultimate patronage ATM", adding that "it extorts subservience and sycophancy from those appointed to it."

"It does not have second thoughts," Murphy declared.  "A second thought would kill it."

But the public and the media have short memories. No doubt, all the other media hacks who've been appointed to the Senate have uttered their own criticisms of the upper chamber  in the past, and it didn't stop prime ministers from presenting them with the ultimate  retirement gift.

Besides, with Canwest Publishing going  into bankruptcy protection, Murphy can't count on a great deal of job security as a National Post newspaper columnist.

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Gazza
Charlie.

Rex Murphy is very informed about climate change. It is the main stream media that is yet to do proper investigative reporting on this sordid topic. I assume the G&M could not handle the reality, having drunk Al Gore coolaid along with most of the other media outlets. It's hard to climb down from such a position once you have taken it. But this year will show people like Rex to be correct in their skepticism of the "science".
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Meme Mine
Newspaper editors and David Nutzuki will be charged by the Canadian Courts for their failed attempt to lead us to a false WMD like war against a false enemy of climate variation, er change.
Lockem UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Cassandra22
Just what the NP needs, another nitwit climate change denier - and one who thinks that a thesaurus is a good substitute for an intellect at that! Any wonder why the paper has always lost money?
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Ensign Deadmeat
It's a sad day when climate skepticism is labeled "denial". Murphy is an intellectual giant compared to the mediocrities who are unable to read a Nature paper without a tutor and translator. The spoon-fed nature of most science writing is a disgrace. Without tackling climate change head on Dan Gardner wrote tellingly why we can't trust advocacy based press and the advocates who treat them like muppets.
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JohnD
Climate-change deniers need to read the actual science, not the spewings of their ideological sources.
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MT
Nice start, now if only the CBC would toss the tosser all will be well.
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John W.
Agree completely. How cab a major national newspaper continue with a columnist who simply picks the easiest most vulnerable target of the weak and then piles on with the most grossly affected writing style in Canadian journalism. Devoid of any original insights week after week.
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John Curtis
As a Newfoundlander I would love to see Rex Murphy represent us as a Senator...beats the hell out of Fabian Manning.
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Onager
I lost a lot of respect for Rex Murphy when I heard him mope on about how the big "email scandal" supposedly canceled out the life's work of thousands of scientists all over the world.

He alleged that, according to these emails, somebody had somehow deleted forever a huge climate dataset, as if all the world's climate data was entrusted to one person's USB memory stick. It shocked me that he could be so obtuse as to believe that, or he could believe that his audience would believe that.

I defer to him on English literature and arcane lexicography, but after this shining moment, I'll never think of him as any kind of scientist or eminent thinker beyond his narrow purview.
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CbC un-fan
No longer shall I pinch my nostrils and prey no one sees me purchasing a copy of the Globe and Fail.

Now I get to enjoy Rex at my doorstep!
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Lemmingman
Charlie:

You are missing the point. Maybe it's under your hat.....
Science IS skepticism. Frightening children is not. Maybe you should try and find some honest work. Picking fruit in Washington state perhaps? You could start a trend.... Kanada could use a 15 degree increase in average temperature. The universe is quite chilly. Let me introduce you to the term "entropy". All your friends wishing for the same thing only works for Peter Pan. I'll burn 150 gallons of diesel in your honor today...... hope it gives you nightmares.
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Ellie in T.O.
All Murphy is saying is that pure science and political activism need to be kept apart -- a position any sane person should endorse. The fact that this is evidently regarded as equivalent to heresy -- that it can even cost you your job -- is what's truly alarming here.
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C Ralph
Oh boy. Can someone help us get rid of David Warren from the Ottawa Citizen???
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roger sterling
Oh goody for the National Post. Rex can be "Climate Change Denial for Wordy pedants", kind of like a better-spoken version of Lorne Gunter. Alos, I wonder how many more columns on the coalition he has left in him, it seemed an endless supply there for a while.
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Jeff The Thinker
Advice Please! A friend of mine seems to be a climate denialist and I am trying to convert him. He says that it is unlikely that CO2 exerts a net positive feedback effect with water to amplify an initial logarithmically diminishing CO2 effect. He also stated that although models therefore predict an increasing CO2 driven atmospheric water vapour content, observations show just the opposite. He then stated that using the Ice Core to demonstrate such a positive relationship when most of the CO2 rise occurred on average 800 years after the initial solar driven warming seemed misplaced as the Solar effect demonstrated that it was strong enough to penetrate through a much larger Ice Albedo effect of much more glaciated planet. The elevated CO2 could therefore serve to raise the temperature by a degree or so but only strong enough to slow the decline into a glacial period. He also said that it is likely that a pent up CO2 effect held back by a offsetting Aerosol effect of the 60’s and 70’s is probably exaggerated and that the lowering temperatures of the 50-70’s the subsequent 25 year rise and the current stasis could just as easily be the standard ebb and flow of ocean oscillations which the Met office stubbornly refuse to understand. After all that he still agrees that a CO2 warming of around 1 degree might occur but most of the weather related and flooding catastrophes are likely exaggerated. He even thinks a small Carbon Tax would not be a bad thing. I tried reading Real Climate and Climate Progress to plagiarize a rebuttal but can’t really find anything terribly convincing that his stance is definitively wrong. I am going to rummage through his garbage tonight to see if I can find some Pay stubs from Big Oil.
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Kylie
Rex Murphy is "of the devil"
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jm
FINALLY! Some integrity comes back to Canada's only respectable national paper. An appointment of Rex to Canada's Senate will be the icing on the cake for this embarrassment and despicable excuse of a minority government.
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Judy Cross
I stopped listening to CBC because its function as a no longer subtle purveyor of propaganda, is now glaringly obvious. I seldom read much in the Straight anymore for the same reason. It is all very disappointing.

"the carbon dioxide level some 80 million years ago — back when our mammalian ancestors were evolving — was at least 1,000 parts per million. In fact, that is the concentration of carbon dioxide you regularly breathe if you work in a new energy-efficient office building, for that is the level established by the engineering group that sets standards for heating and ventilation systems.

So not only is carbon dioxide plainly not poisonous, but changes in carbon dioxide levels don’t necessarily mirror human activity. Nor does atmospheric carbon dioxide necessarily warm the earth: Ice-cap evidence shows that over the past several hundred thousand years, carbon dioxide levels have risen after a rise in temperature, not the other way around. "
http://74.125.93.132/search?q=cache:Vf-Um3lqEQ0J:network.nationalpost.co...
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John Catley
Remember Fahrenheit 451?
They burned books to hide the truth from the people.
If silencing someone with a different viewpoint is good, what happens when someone disagrees with you?
Your world does not look too enticing to me Charlie Smith.
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Richard Wakefield
Charlie Smith, there is nothing happening in the climate today that is beyond normal variation of cycles of 1000, 10,000 and 100,000+ years. Nothing, nodda, zippo. Go ahead and check it out yourself.

www.co2science.org
www.wattsupwiththat.com

AGW is the biggest scam in human history, and the people making huge profits from AGW are using the True Believers, like you, as pawns.
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