This week, the creators of the American climate science denial film,...
frontiers of freedom
- BA in geology and field ecology from Lawrence University.
- JD from the University of Denver College of Law.
- Accreditation in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
The increasingly public “skepticism” of aging weatherman John Coleman raises an interesting question: Do you have to be corrupt to be wrong about climate change?
The answer, of course, is no. Notwithstanding the money that Coleman makes as a guest speaker for oily conferences organized by long-compromised groups like the Heartland Institute, he may be sincere, even well-intentioned about his personal campaign to dismiss climate change as “the greatest scam in history.”
But that doesn’t absolve him of responsibility, especially as he is leveraging a high profile to interfere in a debate about which he is clearly ill-informed. Because given his ability to command an audience, and given the public’s tendency to confuse weather with climate and to actually take someone like Coleman seriously as a scientific commentator, there is a real danger that people could believe what he says. And that would be a crime.
Laurie David has a piece on Huffington Post today outlining just how desperate the climate denial industry has gotten.
This latest salvo comes from none other than Rob Ferguson and the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI). Since leaving the oil-industry backed and former Philip Morris sponsored Frontiers of Freedoms, Ferguson and the SPPI have been aggressively promoting the denialist message.
In a related, but separate matter, Ferguson has been reticent to respond to my emails regrading his involvement in the recent online campaign to discredit the fine work of Dr. Naomi Oreskes.
Guess he's too busy reading children's books.
UPDATE: guess all our good karma is coming back, this story has been running on ExxonMobil's Financial News page on Google all day!
Last week ExxonMobil chief spokesperson, Kenneth Cohen, was in London playing a bit of PR offense for the oil giant. Cohen went after Greenpeace for their recent report outlining the funding in 2006 that Exxon provided to 41 think tanks and associations.
These groups have been on the front lines of the war against the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing to humans as the cause of global warming.