Thursday, August 09, 2007
Climate Change: Newsweek Documents Conservative Coverup of Global Warming
QUOTE: “A conservative think tank long funded by ExxonMobil, [a staffer] told [Senator Barbara] Boxer, had offered scientists $10,000 to write articles undercutting the new report and the computer-based climate models it is based on. 'I realized,' says Boxer, 'there was a movement behind this that just wasn't giving up.' ... outside Hollywood, Manhattan and other habitats of the chattering classes, the denial machine is running at full throttle—and continuing to shape both government policy and public opinion.
the late 1980s, this well-coordinated, well-funded campaign by
contrarian scientists, free-market think tanks and industry has created
a paralyzing fog of doubt around climate change. Through
advertisements, op-eds, lobbying and media attention, greenhouse
doubters (they hate being called deniers) argued first that the world
is not warming; measurements indicating otherwise are flawed, they
said. Then they claimed that any warming is natural, not caused by
human activities. Now they contend that the looming warming will be
minuscule and harmless. 'They patterned what they did after the tobacco
industry,' says former senator Tim Wirth, who spearheaded environmental
issues as an under secretary of State in the Clinton administration. 'Both figured, sow enough doubt, call the science uncertain and in dispute. That's had a huge impact on both the public and Congress.'” — The Truth About Denial, August 13, 2007 issue.
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