Ok so in light of my last thread You have all gotten in bed with the enemy
, where I
basically made vague insinuations that big oil executives are the ones behind all the "Global Warming is a hoax" propaganda, I decided to go out and
do some research and see if I could back up my words with more tangible, documented evidence.
And hoooooooo boy there is some seriously juicy stuff out there!
There is a lot to go over, and I have a feeling the people who need to read this stuff the most probably won't ever bother.
But basically what the attached sources show are direct links between the vast majority of Global Warming denial arguments, and an extensive,
sophisticated disinformation campaign funded conveniently enough by Oil Industry associates.
The common denominator is ExxonMobil in particular. They are exposed through leaked memos and FOIA obtained government documents to employ a strategy
taken straight from the Tobacco industries' playbook. They have their hands in the back pocket of virtually every lobbyist, politician and supposed
scientist trying to sue Al Gore, or convince YOU there is no harm in global warming and that it's all a big hoax.
Basically, along with direct evidence on how Exxon pulled the puppet strings for the Bush administrations policies on climate change, there is a lot
of information on the propaganda campaign they now rely on since there's no longer a Texan in the big office.
That part is particularly important, because when you examine some of the supposed "uncertainties" in climate science they've been shown to
misrepresent - you'll see an eerie similarity to much of the rhetoric and denier propaganda regurgitated about right here on ATS.
But anyway judge for yourselves. Here are the links, along with some of my favorite quotes from each of them:
Testimony of Dr. James McCarthy to
the House of Representantives Science and Technology Committee - March 28, 2007
Like the tobacco industry in previous decades, ExxonMobil has:
- Raised doubts about even the most indisputable scientific evidence;
- Funded an array of front organizations to create the appearance of a broad platform for a tight-knit group of vocal climate change contrarians who
misrepresent peer-reviewed scientific findings;
- Attempted to portray its opposition to action as a positive quest for "sound science" rather than business self-interest; and,
- Used its access to the Bush administration to block federal policies and shape government communications on global warming.
Summary of the Union of Concerned Scientists report on the
ExxonMobil disinformation campaign
Both groups promote the work of several climate change contrarians, including Sallie Baliunas, an astrophysicist who is affiliated with at least
nine ExxonMobil-funded groups.
Baliunas is best known for a 2003 paper alleging the climate had not changed significantly in the past millennia that was rebutted by 13 scientists
who stated she had misrepresented their work in her paper. This renunciation did not stop ExxonMobil-funded groups from continuing to promote the
paper. Through methods such as these, ExxonMobil has been able to amplify and prop up work that has been discredited by reputable climate
The report itself - "Smoke, Mirrors & Hot Air"
Between 1998 and 2005 (the most recent year for which company figures are publicly available), ExxonMobil has funneled approximately $16 million
to carefully chosen organizations that promote disinformation on global warming.38 As the New York Times has reported, ExxonMobil is often the single
largest corporate donor to many of these nonprofit organizations, frequently accounting for more than 10 percent of their annual budgets. (For more
detailed information, see Appendix B, Table 1.)
A close look at the work of these organizations exposes ExxonMobil’s strategy. Virtually all of them publish and publicize the work of a nearly
identical group of spokespeople, including scientists who misrepresent peer-reviewed climate findings and confuse the public’s understanding of
global warming. Most of these organizations also include these same individuals as board members or scientific advisers.
Also for that last quote:
I'm gonna take off my investigative reporter hat (this sweet fedora I found in my closet and stuck a card to the side that say PRESS!) and put my tin
foil one on for a second. This $16 million is the reported, documented figure. Does anyone around here seriously think that a company as morally
commendable as ExxonMobil won't have some other, less public "under the table" deals going on?
I wonder what the carbon footprint is for all those briefcases stuffed with cash?