The latest Decima poll shows rising concern among Canadians over environmental issues, but an Exxon-funded spokesman says global warming has been given a bad rap and it’s time everyone looked at benefits like milder winters.
Texas, already first in the nation in carbon-dioxide emissions from utilities, has been dragging its feet over regulation. Pressure on state officials to limit emissions is mounting, but Texas appears to be moving in a different direction, with Gov. Rick Perry directing the state's environmental commission to speed the permitting process for the proposed coal-fired plants.
From ThinkProgress: This morning on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos reported that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “is considering setting up a special committee in the House to deal with climate change and global warming.” Also on ABC, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) called climate change “the most serious environmental problem” we face, and said “we’ve got to get action on it” and “not wait until everybody around the world is going to do it.”Hopefully this means action and not stall-by-committee
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.
Here's and ABC news article outlining Exxon's response to the Union of Concerned Scientists well-written and scathing piece on ExxonMobil.
Choice quote from Exxon's spokeman, David Gardner: “Even with many scientific uncertainties, the risk that greenhouse gas emissions may have serious impacts justifies taking action. What is clear today is that greenhouse gas emissions are one of the factors that contribute to climate change, and that the use of fossil fuels is a major source of these emissions.”
Helping plant these doubts [about global warming] is a handful of scientist-commentators – “A group small enough to fit into a typical home bathroom,” writes Romm – who are often funded by the oil and gas industry and are adept at exploiting one of the media's biggest vulnerabilities: Its pursuit of balance.