Sun, 2007-01-07 08:13Richard Littlemore
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Union of Concerned Scientists Slams Exxon-Tobacco Link

The tactical link between ExxonMobil's funded denial of climate change and the tobacco industry's organized denial of the health risks of its product have been documented in these pages before.

But this new paper (pdf.) by the Union of Concerned Scientist brings such discipline and rigor to this argument that its conclusions are undeniable: Exxon is spending a fortune to prop up a convenient lie; and it's using the same tactics and many of the same people that the tobacco industry used.

This paper should be required reading for every policy maker.

Update: here's what Exxon has to say.

Update: here's what the CEI has to say.

Thu, 2007-01-04 13:36Ross Gelbspan
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This Climate is For the Birds -- NOT!

The world-famous Bharatpur bird sanctuary in western India is facing a shortage of birds because of severe water scarcity, officials say. Migratory birds visiting the area in Rajasthan state are down to only about 100 compared to some 10,000 last year. With so little water, many migratory birds are not nesting and are flying back to their areas of origin.
Thu, 2007-01-04 10:12Ross Gelbspan
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Is 2007 Bringing Us A "Do-Something" Congress?

House Democrats are crafting an energy package that would roll back billions of dollars worth of oil drilling incentives, raise billions more by boosting federal royalties paid by oil and gas companies for offshore production, and plow the money into new tax breaks for renewable energy sources.
Wed, 2007-01-03 16:45Richard Littlemore
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Truthiness: Tim Ball's Last Hope

“Computer models used to forecast climate decades from now are based on the same fundamentals as models used to predict next week’s weather.

No sensible person would bet on a seven-day weather forecast so why should Canada wager billions on what the models predict for a century from now?”

This quote, from an opinion page submission written by Tom Harris and Tim Ball, has a tempting ring of truth to it. (Stephen Colbert calls it “truthiness:” something that may not actually be correct but which nevertheless feels right.) Still, the statement is silly.
Wed, 2007-01-03 16:34Kevin Grandia
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Cigarette anyone?

The Competitive Enterprise Insitute, a DC-based “think” tank is in full crisis mode today after being fingered heavily in a Union of Concerned Scientist's report out today linking ExxonMobil's underhanded PR tactics to deny the realities of climate change to those tactics used by the tobacco industry to claim that smoking isn't bad for us.

Unfortunately, the CEI, in their efforts to distance themselves from the hornet's nest created by the Exxon/tobacco story, they forgot to take down the massive picture of cigarettes from the homepage of their website along with the banner headline: “District smoking ban threatens economic liberty.” Any bets on how long before they take it down?

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