Keystone XL Lobbyists Web of Corruption Infographic

Fri, 2011-10-07 09:25Brendan DeMelle
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Keystone XL Lobbyists Web of Corruption Infographic

Now that the web of Keystone XL tar sands industry lobbyists connected to Hillary Clinton has grown far beyond Paul Elliott, DeSmogBlog, Oil Change International, The Other 98% and Friends of the Earth have produced a new white board infographic to help everyone visualize this cast of characters. 



Be sure to visit the action page at RejectLobbyistsNoKXL.org as well.

If funny animated cartoons are more your style, DeSmogBlog commissioned artist Mark Fiore to explain this corrupt process in a lighter fashion.

 

Comments

Reminds me of Glenn Beck’s blackboard charts. Is Soros in there somewhere?

“Reminds me of Glenn Beck’s blackboard charts.”

I knew it! haha. I wondered where you got your crazy ideas from Rick.

 

It’s funny. When elections are called, people go to the elections thinking that the government has listened to the people & are acting in the national interest.

Then the dust settles, the applause dies down, the back slapping & glad handing ceases & the lobbyists descend.

Pretty soon, the government is acting for vested interests instead of national interests.

It sucks, because small business employs the majority of people in most countries, yet have one of the smallest says. It’s corporations that get to dictate policy, to the detriment of everyone except themselves.

 

Phil M

 How true.  We need Americans to join together to end this state of affairs.  Possibly the biggest step would be publicly funded elections.  There are petitions going around that promote this idea.   We must disconnect the money from the process.  

Regarding corporate corruption of politics, Teddy Roosevelt’s 1910 New Nationalism Speech is recommended reading.  You can find it online. 






 

I couldn’t agree more. There is way too much money in politics these days. Politicians in power are reluctant to change things because they will only hurt their chances of re-election with a more honest system of campaign financing.

Everybody from every side seems to agree that we need to get money out of the process - but it never happens. Money decides elections and every politician knows that money is the key to retaining power.

It can’t be fixed. We can’t get there from here.

So what you are telling me is that Oil lobbyists have worked previously for Oil companies. Absolutely shocking!

 

http://www.australianclimatemadness.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/climate_alarmism_machine.pdf

“http://www.australianclimatemadness.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/climate_alarmism_machine.pdf”

Wow, for a lawyer/engineer, Simon James is either in reality not too bright, or deliberately playing politics. I suspect the 2nd. You only have to look at the photo, where he proudly displays his political leanings & confirmation bias unabashedly.

http://www.australianclimatemadness.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/green_new_red.jpg

For starters, Simon, mate , get some originality dude. The original must have been pretty devastating to the denialist blogosphere. It has certainly done the rounds of the denialosphere.

http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Oxford-Big.gif

Anyways, lets look at each point Simon attempts to make.

1) National Governments
Scientifically illiterate…. : Really? Noooo. i thought it was a requirement that if you create policy, that you should do a uni degree first in each policy you decide to frame? Or in the real world, they rely on expert opinions. In the case of AGW it’s 100% of major scientific institutes around the world. The only politician as far as I know that is a scientist is Chancellor Angela Merkel. The leader of Germany & her government is a conservative one.

and threatened by a rampant Green
movement : Who command 1% of the vote. Oh yes, I’m sure they are dictating & controlling all policy….not! Sooo threatened…oh mercy…mercy!

national governments continue to pour billions of dollars into climate change research to
appease the eco-extremists: Funny, even conservative governments are doing it too. Are they beholden to eco extremists?

2) United Nations Desire for world government and more regulation and power drives
urge to control CO2 and therefore economic growth. Political motives for action outweigh any genuine scientific imperative :

*Sigh* Again with the one world government conspiracy? Deniers really fall hook line & sinker for that don’t they? Oh yes, China, Russia, Nth Korea, South America & the Arab states just can’t wait to hand over control to a few western elites. The U.N is a toothless tiger. It’s been shown time & time again to be virtually useless.

3) IPCC Established solely to find evidence of a pre-conceived conclusion that CO2 is a dangerous pollutant, its terms of reference require it to focus on human-induced climate
change, with inevitable results: After nearly 100 years of evidence, where at first everyone was a skeptic & no scientific institutes backed it, to the point where every major scientific institute backs it & the majority of working publishing climate scientists now back it. Only a handful of scientists oppose it & actually publish any material contrary to the evidence.

4) Academic research
Drunk on a continual supply of research funding from governments, climate change
research produces more and more apocalyptic predictions, which therefore attract yet
more research funding from scientifically illiterate governments. Normal standards of
scientific integrity disappear (Climategate) in an attempt to ensure nothing distracts
from the constant flow of hysterical projections, and therefore secure further funding
:

So we shouldn’t’ try & understand our planet anymore? It would be nice if deniers could provide a way of studying our planet for free, where none of the research findings threaten profits of any sector on our planet. Should Roy Spencer stop using tax payer funded satellites?  Because encouraging their use, only perpetuates the need for more spending. Ironically, it’s deniers who say we don’t understand enough about our planet & climate science as yet & the science is not settled. Therefore, to understand more, we would need to spend more on research.

5) Corporates and fossil fuel industry
Desperate to cash in on the “green economy” and appear politically correct
at the same time, corporates allocate billions of dollars to pointless
renewable energy schemes on the promise of enormous government
subsidies, knowing that if they fail, someone else will pick up the bill
:

If renewables are pointless energy schemes…then why do the fossil fuel industries spend so much opposing it? Why not just be quiet & let it die the death you think it will experience?

6) Media: ahahaha, hilarious.

7)Environmental Advocacy Groups
Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WWF, Say Yes, GetUp! and other exreme-green and extreme-left political advocacy groups. Badger governments and individuals to take futile mitigation action on climate change :

They say listen to the scientists & 100% of scientific institutes on the planet. Who would you have them listen to?

 based on suspect science, : Only because it harms fossil fuel profits.

in order to achieve their stated goals of global wealth redistribution and “social justice” at the expense of Western economic growth and prosperity.:

Right wing paranoia.

Academic research Drunk on a continual supply of research funding from governments, climate change research produces more and more apocalyptic predictions, which therefore attract yet more research funding from scientifically illiterate governments. Normal standards of scientific integrity disappear (Climategate) in an attempt to ensure nothing distracts from the constant flow of hysterical projections, and therefore secure further funding:

A repeat of point 4. Added for padding, because he couldn’t think of anything else to say. See answer to point 4.

Climate Madness….yet another right wing echo chamber blog.

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