Climate Denier Steve Milloy Now Director at Coal Giant Murray Energy, On CPAC Global Warming Panel Today

Thu, 2014-03-06 05:00Brendan DeMelle
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Climate Denier Steve Milloy Now Director at Coal Giant Murray Energy, On CPAC Global Warming Panel Today

The Junkman has a new job, and yet again it involves defending fossil fuels and attacking science. Steve Milloy, who long ago dubbed himself “The Junkman,” is listed as Director of External Policy & Strategy, Murray Energy Corporation, in a description of a global warming panel happening Thursday afternoon at the CPAC convention in Washington.

That means he’s now deploying his anti-science, climate denialist PR spin for the largest privately-held coal producer in the U.S., Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp.

Milloy apparently hasn’t bothered to update his online biography with this new title, and he didn’t respond to questions from DeSmogBlog about his exact start date. But it appears that he took the job with the coal company led by controversial conservative coal baron Robert Murray at some point last year. *Update: A Murray Energy spokesperson confirmed with DeSmog that Milloy began employment at the company on October 15, 2013.*

Milloy appears on the roster of attendees at a White House meeting last Halloween, according to an Office of Management and Budget meeting log from Oct. 31, 2013.  Milloy, appearing on behalf of Murray Energy Corp, was part of the coal industry coalition pushing back against efforts to improve mine safety rules protecting workers from respirable coal dust that can cause black lung disease, according to documents supplied at the meeting.

Last September, Milloy wrote about Murray Energy briefly on his JunkScience.com blog without mentioning any ties to the company. Perhaps he hadn’t joined Murray yet, or didn’t see reason to declare his position? (*See update above*)

The CPAC global warming panel taking place today in Washington features a cast of climate confusionists apparently seeking to permanently sink the GOP’s reputation on scientific matters.

Alongside Milloy, the CPAC panel features Heartland Institute’s Joe Bast, CFACT’s Marc Morano, CEI’s Marlo Lewis and Frontiers of Freedom president George Landrith.

With one exception — CEO of Abundant Power Group, Shannon Smith, a conservative who acknowledged in a recent tweet that “climate change is a reality” — the rest of the panel is stacked with a denier dream team of veteran apologists for tobacco companies, the Koch brothers, the chemical industry and dirty energy interests.

Last year, climate denial was all the rage among most of CPAC’s young conservative attendees. So the right-wing audience will probably continue to buy the snake oil that all but Smith will be selling.

AFTER TOBACCO AND TOXIC CHEMICALS, “CLEAN COAL” A NATURAL FIT FOR MILLOY?

Steve Milloy’s new employer, Murray Energy, is a company with a clear position on climate change – 100% denial of science and reality.

Here is what Murray Energy spokesperson, Gary Broadbent, told the National Journal last summer:

“There is no relationship between the utilization of coal and climate change,” company spokesman wrote to me in an e-mail. “Our members of Congress, and particularly the Obama administration, confuse scientific facts and evidence with their own beliefs.”

Robert Murray, the company’s founder and president, is clearly a climate denier who once referred to global warming as “global goofiness.” Bob Murray is also known for repeatedly lashing out with defamation lawsuits against journalists.

His company Murray Energy is also a funder of the Heartland Institute, the Chicago-based right wing group known for its attacks on climate science and its outrageous Unabomber billboard. According to Heartland’s 2012 fundraising plan — an internal document published originally on DeSmogBlog in February 2012 —Murray Energy gave $100,000 to Heartland in 2010 and was expected to give $40,000 in 2012.

WHO IS STEVE MILLOY? A BRIEF HISTORY

Milloy, an infamous tobacco- and chemical industry-funded PR flack, was an author of the 1998 American Petroleum Institute “communications plan” to attack science and undermine international action on climate change. Written in conjunction with many right wing think tanks and fossil fuel companies including ExxonMobil, Chevron and Southern Company, the industry’s goal was to launch “a national media relations program to inform the media about uncertainties in climate science.”

The 1998 API memo noted the “current reality” the industry faced:

“Unless 'climate change' becomes a non-issue, meaning that the Kyoto proposal is defeated and there are no further initiatives to thwart the threat of climate change, there may be no moment when we can declare victory for our efforts.”

Three of the groups represented on the 2014 CPAC global warming panel were listed on the 1998 plan as possible channels to deploy the industry money to attack climate science, Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), Competitive Enterprise Institute and Frontiers of Freedom:

 


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Milloy has been a loud-mouthed attacker of climate science ever since, and proud of it. He told Popular Science in 2012:

“There's really only about 25 of us doing this. A core group of skeptics. It's a ragtag bunch, very Continental Army. … I'm happy to be a denier.”

Like many other polluter operatives, Milloy has affiliations with a number of fossil-friendly think tanks in addition to his role at Murray Energy.

He's listed as an adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, senior policy fellow at the Energy and Environmental Law Institute, ‘expert’ at the Heartland Institute, the publisher and editor emeritus of JunkScience.com and president of the consulting firm Steven J. Milloy, Inc. He previously served as an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, director of Science Policy Studies at the National Environmental Policy Institute and more. He also formerly served as a blogger and occasional on-air commentator at FoxNews.com.

Milloy has defended everything from cigarettes to Agent Orange to asbestos to PCBs and dioxins to … well, you get the idea.

If you produce a deadly and dangerous product that needs defending, then Steve Milloy is your man. His business card might as well read “science denier for hire.”

Apparently, Murray Energy is the latest polluter to make the call to book the Junkman’s disinformation services.

Previous Comments

Is the dead-in-the-eyes a look caused by the job? Or is that look required for the job? Similarly, I've always wondered why so many men's hair goes white-white, while working in positions that require influencing others. Chamber of Commerce is one an example. The silliness shops, Heartland Institute, is another. Kind of like when the Twin Peaks character Leland Palmer's hair went white over night. We were to believe it was due to something odious, but not made clear for sometime. Leland Palmer, of course, was Laura Palmer's dad. The central, but dead, character of the TV series.

I grew up in the era where industry films were shown in the classroom. Illinois Bell told us how to answer the phone properly and not to chew gum while talking. Reynolds Aluminum told us how aluminum won the war and post war helps us keep freshness through Reynolds Wrap(TM). I went to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry many times as a kid. Enjoyed the working coal mine produced by Peabody. And the working oil production and refining exhibit sponsored by Standard Oil.

Playing “what if” is a favorite game of mine. What if coal was never mined, electricity wasn't discovered and my personal computer was powered by whale oil? What if the internet was never invented and I would be doing something other than responding to this comment? Maybe walking hip deep in horse manure, while selling candles door to door?

Coal was mined and put to use. The forests of Ireland and Great Britain were felled for agriculture, fuel, ship manufacturing and deep mine structural supports. Hard rock and coal mining required stripping much of the old growth forests of Appalachia and the mountain west. It's a continuum. Time only moves forward. Burning fossil to keep industry on the march had a good run. It's time to move on. For the sake of the planet and us people.

I wrote the above silliness in response to a comment made about the wonders of coal and how we're all jerks for not appreciating that fact. I believe the original comment went missing. My comment is still just as silly as it ever was.

Marc Morano… mouth peice for carbon.  Is there a credible source out there?

Climate Change causes ocean rise, and kills crops dead. You're headed for an era of fields of dead crops, and a distinct need to move the entire drowning population of Florida.

You are also for some insensible reason atributing the saving of whales to coal.  Crazy.  They ran out of whales when we hit peak whale… Then they had to find something else.  As for forests… we deforested until we hit peak tree.

You get the picture. Coal has nothing at all to do with that coal paid for propaganda link. (Thanks for the Ad, its good to see the Coal Industry spending money.)

What does any of that have to do with your rant about Coal saving whales?

Go troll some other place.  Get lost.

The entire 1.5 hour CPAC 2014 Climate Panel discussion appears to be on YouTube, here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Q4AUnKiJg

caveat, I've just started watching it, so I don't know that it's complete, but at 93 minutes I assume it probably is.

I downloaded it, and I'm playing it now at 1.5x speed with VLC. That takes it from 93 minutes down to 62 minutes. 1.5x or 1.6x is about right for most of the speakers; Milloy talks fast, so you might want to slow it down a bit for him.

Unfortunately, the mic shared by George Landrith & Shannon Smith doesn't appear to have been working, so their voices are very soft, and you'll need to boost the volume while listening to them. Even when you do they're still hard to understand. I've tweeted the ACU and asked them to boost the volume for those two speakers in the youtube video, so maybe it'll get better.
  

I'm an oil man, right?  I work in oil and gas.

Telling me that other people pollute doesn't make it OK for me to do it.  That is a pretty lame approach to the world.  It would diminish everything to the lowest level.  (I wouldn't go around bragging about that kind of approach to life.)

Name calling… Isn't there a policy around here about that?

Name calling with cut and paste garbage you don't know anything about is trolling pure and simple.

Go away find somewhere else to harass.

Seems like this nasty troll has swallowed some real stinking disinformation. Too bad he chose this blog to spew it out of his system.

Clean up, clean up to this thread immediately.

Sorry for the delay in zapping this troll. 

I always find it hilarious whn Desmog deletes the comments of anyone that has a good argument going against the CAGW mantra. 

What remains is only the grammar-school-teacher style rantings of The Oilyman et.al with no apparent reference for their rant.

Good job boys!!  ;)

Trolls get deleted because they spread lies, misinformation and rubbish. I can see why you get upset by this because that is all you can take in not having the intellectual ability to separate wheat from chaff. Just don't spew it back up here.

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