A friend of DSBlog just sent this press release over:
ExxonMobil Agrees to Disclose Soft Money Political Contributions
SAN FRANCISCO, April 11 (AScribe Newswire) -- ExxonMobil Corp. will disclose for the first time political contributions it makes with corporate funds, known colloquially as soft money, according to As You Sow, a nonprofit group promoting corporate social responsibility.
The Vancouver Province newspaper is responding to a suggestion that British Columbia school children should enjoy the Inconvenient Truth by urging educators to also expose B.C.'s young people to a good climate Swindle .
The editorial in the Vancouver Province newspaper today starts out innocently enough with an account of a local businessman, Will Cole-Hamilton, who would like to put a copy of Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth in every high school in the province of British Columbia.
"And why not?" the editorial states, "the issue of global warming looks set to dominate public discourse for some time to come."
The editorial then takes a turn into the land of global warming fantasy, suggesting that in the name of "presenting an unbiased" view, B.C. students should also watch Channel 4 documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle.
It's clear that the United States, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia flexed their collective United Nations muscle in negotiating the final version of the IPCC's summary for policymakers released in Brussels on Friday. But don't let the global warming deniers tell you that the report was somehow played up by the "alarmist" UN and "their socialist group of scientists bent on new world order."
Democracy is utterly dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed. In promoting climate change denial (and often denying their responsibility for doing so) industry has done more than endanger the environment. It has undermined democracy.
There is a vast difference between putting forth a point of view, honestly held, and intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion. Free speech does not include the right to deceive. Deception is not a point of view. And the right to disagree does not include a right to intentionally subvert the public awareness.