Exxon's Lickspittles: the big lies and greater frauds of the global warming denial movement

DeSmogBlog Book Title Search: Take II

The early suggestions for a DeSmogBlog book title have been fabulous - as you can see from the headline on this blog post.

I especially like the use of “lickspittle,” which leads in my handy Rodale Synonym Finder, to a host of other great words: “toady,” “sychophant,” “backslapper,” “brown-noser” and (Archaic) “parasite” and “leech.”

It got me thinking about the flatterers and courtiers in the denial movement and about the selfish and thin-skinned captains of industry who pay for their counsel. We have a situation in which Exxon executives employ “intellectual” lackies to come up with clever arguments as to why oil companies should go on doing exactly what they want. Then, those same executives appear to take seriously the resulting smog from kowtower tanks like the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Heartland Institute and the Heritage Foundation

Antarctic Warming Like the Rest of the World

A paper published this week in the prestigious journal Nature shows that in fact Antarctica is getting warmer, consistent with an overall trend of global temperature rise.

For years, industry-funded “skeptics” have been harping on in the mainstream media that Antarctica was getting colder instead of warmer. This apparently was evidence that global warming was all a big mistake.

Stating the obvious, the authors of this latest study said that warming temperatures in Antarctica are “difficult to explain” without linking them to carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

Misinformation about Antarctic cooling has been frustrating for researchers trying to communicate the seriousness of climate change to the public.

The thing you hear all the time is that Antarctica is cooling and that’s not the case,” said Eric Steig of the University of Washington in Seattle, lead author of the study in Thursday’s edition of the journal Nature.

Another "Inhofian" moment for the head-in-sand Senator

Honestly, how much money would it take to defeat Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) the next time he runs for Senate? Because I don’t know about you, but I’m more than a little tired of Inhofe’s messed up logic when it comes to the science of climate change.

In a radio program today, Inhofe declared his victory because, ” the science is totally changed.” As Inhofe explains it,

“It was the IPCC, those intergovernmental panel on climate change with the United Nations. But keep in mind, the only report you get from them is their summary for policy docs. And those are not scientists. There’s only 52 scientists that signed on to those, to that, as opposed to what? Some 650 who now have rebuked that. And one last thing on my check list that has to be said is on Gore’s science fiction film, every assertion that he’s made has been refuted. I’m talking about hurricanes, sea level rises, ice caps, polar bears, you know. So, the science has turned around, but the economics has not turned around. And that’s what we need to remind people.”

Obama's Green Stimulus: Big Enough to Do the Trick?

Just how ambitious will Barack Obama’s clean energy package be? During the campaign, he pledged to invest $150 billion in new projects over the next decade and create 5 million well-paying green-collar jobs.

While there was some trepidation about whether Obama, facing an ever-worsening economic crisis, would keep his word, the release of the long-awaited $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009 last week seems to have quelled most doubts.

To no one’s surprise, a large chunk of the stimulus – over $90 billion – will go to funding “shovel-ready” transportation and public infrastructure projects.

Thirty-two billion dollars will be used to create a “smart electricity grid” to cut waste, and over $20 billion will be devoted to renewable energy tax cuts and credits for research and development on energy efficiency and energy conservation.

Help Write a Title for the First DeSmogBlog Book

The first DeSmogBlog book is far enough along that our publisher is demanding a title, so we’re looking for feedback - and we have three other great climate change books to reward the best responses or suggestions.

The titles we are tentatively considering include:

Climate Science Fiction: Exposing the PR Campaign to Deny Global Warming

Courting Climate Chaos: Exploring the PR Campaign to Deny Global Warming

Fossil Fools: The PR Tactics used to Bamboozle the World about Climate Change


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