The Guardian has a very interesting story about a survey conducted by the new Climate Investigations Center. The Center reached out to 25 leading PR firms, inquiring about their internal position on climate change and whether they would accept climate change denying clients.
10 groups responded, and most said they acknowledge climate change and would not represent clients who deny it, or support campaigns attempting to block regulations to limit carbon pollution. While there are caveats (some said that their sub-brands had autonomy, others used very careful language) the message is clear: even PR companies know you can't fool the public when the science is settled. Of course, deniers are now claiming they never had any PR to begin with, which is obviously untrue.
In a similar vein, Daniel Kessler of Citizen's Engagement Lab has an encouraging pieceabout Roger Pielke Jr.'s exit from Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight. Turns out that FiveThirtyEight wasn't going to let Jr. write about climate any more, so he decided to leave. While the deniers use this as another piece of evidence for the "they're scared of the debate" and "they hate free speech" arguments, those of us living in the real world recognize this as a win for truth over truthiness.