These words were uttered by:
(1) Bjorn Lomborg,
(2) Christopher Monckton,
(3) former Exxon CEO Lee Raymond,(4) Rep. John Dingell, incoming Democratic chair of the House Energy and Commerce committee
The US Weather Channel's “climate change mission statement ” reads: “Throughout the world, people are confused about climate change and global warming, [the Weather Channel] will provide a place where sound science can be heard.”
As regular DeSmog readers know, much of the confusion and doubt in the general public around the issue of climate change and the discussion around “sound science” has been at the hands of industry and oil company funded front groups. Such groups serve the purpose of doing and saying the things a modern day corporation cannot …
Power companies are mounting new plans for coal-fired plants despite growing public and political opposition to greenhouse-gas emissions. This comes amid expectations those emissions eventually will be subject to federal restrictions, especially after the recent Democratic congressional sweep. Even some industry officials are cautiously jumping on side. Are coal's days numbered?
Here is a great example of spin, this time by the oil-money backed Media Research Centre and it's affiliated group “NewsBusters.” The goal of the intrepid team at Newsbusters is to “expose and combat liberal media bias.” Well, here's a little bias from News Busters themselves.
According to a recent UK Telegraph story, an upcoming report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will claim that “mankind has less of an affect on global warming than previously supposed.” A leading UK climate scientist explains that this downgrade is a refinement simply “due to better data on how the climate works rather than a reduction in the risk posed by global warming.”
Far from being the whole story, the Telegraph article goes on to paint a pretty grim picture indeed, but Newsbusters would like us all think something quite different…
Check out ThinkProgress for another take on this.
The climate change denial circus created by Senator James “global warming is a hoax” Inhofe, outgoing chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee has finally come to an end, but not, of course, without some final choice quotes. As reported earlier this week on DeSmog, Inhofe took one last stab at sowing doubt about the realities of global warming and chose again to make the US media the target.
HuffPo has a good take on the Inhofe circus.