A new poll has found that executives who do believe the findings of the UN climate-change report do so mainly because they see the plausibility of problems resulting from the buildup of greenhouse gases, not because they trust the scientific evidence.
The Exxon-funded Fraser Institute officially released its Independent Summary for Policy Makers (ISPM) today, confirming that the version leaked here on the DeSmogBlog last week was authentic.
The Institute also announced that it has scheduled an ongoing attack on the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, promising a “Fraser Institute Supplementary Analysis Series” on topics such as “Fundamental Uncertainties in Climate Modelling.”
Kenneth Green, the “visiting scholar” who last year offered $10,000 payments to any scientist who was willing to provide an “independent” analysis of the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was the former Director of the Centre for Studies in Risk and Regulation at The Fraser Institute - which is set to release such an “independent analysis” on Monday.
For those who are attending the London press conference, it might be reasonable to ask if any of the contributors to this report actually received the $10,000 payment.
UPDATED: with details of the Fraser Institute's planned press conference
A Canadian think tank’s “independent” analysis of the IPCC Summary for Policymakers is based on out-of-date information and is specifically misleading about the nature of the scientific summary that it presumes to criticize, DeSmogBlog.com President James Hoggan said Wednesday.
The Fraser Institute will release their report in London on Feb.5. Here are the details for our UK friends who might be interested in attending:
Date: February 5, 2007
Time: 10am (London time)
Location: The Atrium Restaurant (across from the Houses of Parliament), Four Millbank, Westminster
You can find a copy of the leaked document and a briefing note on the Fraser Institute here.
UPDATE: I've just uploaded a new version of the briefing note, without hyperlinks for those who want to print off a copy. Titled “print version.” (KG)
Less than half Americans believe global warming is due to human activities, according to a recent report from the Pew Center for People and the Press.
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.
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.