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Tue, 2011-12-27 22:15Farron Cousins
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The Year In Dirty Energy: Money, Corruption, And Misinformation

It is said that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That statement has proven itself true time after time in both politics and business, but I would like to amend that statement slightly: Power corrupts, but money and power corrupt absolutely. This year has been no different. We’ve seen unprecedented amounts of money flowing from the dirty energy industry into the hands of politicians in order to achieve everything on their corporate wish lists.

From near constant hammering of the Environmental Protection Agency, to getting approval for dirty energy projects, corporate money has corrupted every level of politics this year.

I already covered the extensive efforts of the Koch brothers in a previous post, but they are hardly the only culprits who are attempting to undermine democracy and decency by pouring money into politics. Here are a few other stories of interest that DeSmogBlog has covered over the last 12 months:

The biggest “non-event” for climate denier dollars this year was the Heartland Institute’s “Denial-a-palooza” conference:

Thu, 2011-12-08 10:48Steve Horn
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Climate Denier Marc Morano Praises "George W. Obama" at COP17

If the jury was still out on President Barack Obama's climate policy accolades (a huge “if”), consider the verdict now in, and from a surprising character at that: Marc Morano.

Morano jubilantly referred to the President as “George W. Obama” in an interview with Democracy Nowhost Amy Goodman at COP17, stating: 

They [the Obama administration] have kept the exact same principles and negotiating stance as President George Bush did for eight years. Obama has carried on Bush’s legacy. So as skeptics, we tip our hat to President Obama in helping to crush and continuing to defeat the United Nations process. Obama has been a great friend of global warming skeptics at these conferences.

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Anthony Lupo

Anthony Lupo

Credentials  

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Purdue University (1995).
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, Purdue University (1991).
  • B.S., Meteorology, State University of New York at Oswego (1988).
  • A.S., Mathematics/Science, Cayuga County Community College (1986).

Source: [1]

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William Gray

William Gray

 Credentials 

  • Ph.D. University of Chicago, Dept. of Geophysical Sciences (1964).
  • M.S. University of Chicago (1959), in Meteorology.
  • B.A. George Washington University (1952).

William Gray has been a Faculty member of the Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO since 1961.

Source: [1]

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Tom Segalstad

Tom Segalstad

Tom Victor Segalstad

 Credentials 

  • Ph.D., Geology/Geochemistry, University of Oslo. [1]

 Background

Tom Segalstad is an associate professor of Resource and Environmental Geology at the University of Oslo and head of the University’s Geological Museum. [2]

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Don Easterbrook

Don Easterbrook

 Credentials 

  • Ph.D., Geology. [1]

 Background

Don Easterbrook is a Professor Emeritus of Glacial Geology and Environmental and Engineering Geology at Western Washington University.

Easterbrook is a regular speaker at the Heartland Institute's International Conference on Climate Change.

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Joseph D'Aleo

Joseph (Joe) D'Aleo

 Credentials 

  • BS, MS, University of Wisconsin
  • Attended Doctoral program at NYU.

Source: [1]

While some sources mention that Joe D'Aleo attended studies at NYU, it is unclear if he graduated.

 Background

Joseph D'Aleo is a former college professor of Meteorology at Lyndon State College.

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