Thursday, January 7, 2010

Scientists unmask climate change doubts as corporate-paid b.s.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 4:34 PM

This blog item comes to you from our colleague Will Moredock, former CL news writer, and now a columnist for the Charleston City Paper:

In his movie, An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore mentioned almost incidentally that the fossil fuel interests had set out to create a program of disinformation about global warming, patterned on the tobacco industry's propaganda about the hazards of smoking. Big Tobacco's campaign of lies went on for decades, with the result that public opinion and the law were paralyzed from taking action to protect the public from cigarette smoke.

The same tactics and even some of the same personalities are now in the employ of ExxonMobile, which has been conducting its campaign of disinformation since the 1990s. The Union of Concerned Scientists have unmasked the scheme with their "ExxonMobile Report: Smoke, Mirrors and Hot Air." It is a devastating 64-page critique of corporate cynicism and irresponsibility and should be required reading for every member of Congress. See it here.

And the next time you hear somebody spouting the ExxonMobile line on global warming, tell them you know where they got it and it's bullshit! The irony, of course, is that they will not know the source of their own bullshit. They’ll be mouthing the Limbaugh-Hannity-Beck-Ingraham line and assume that it is sacred writ. Don't let them get away with it.

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