By Simon Watson, Professor of Wind Energy at Loughborough ...
climate change denial
Watch for the movie, An Inconvenient Truth, and consider that its star, environmentalist and former Vice-President Al Gore, actually won the election against George W. Bush.
Imagine where climate change policy might be today if the U.S. Supreme Court had accepted the verdict of the people of the United States.
While big coal and big oil have spent millions on disinformation about climate change, the Bush Administration has upped the ante by turning industry-generated denial into a government policy of censorship.
The targets are some of the most respected climate scientists in the U.S.
Jim Hansen, a NASA researcher who first told the U.S. in 1988 that “global warming is at hand,” complained recently he is being muzzled by officials in his own agency. His sin: suggesting that we need to act quickly to reduce carbon emissions. As a result, NASA brass ordered the agency's public information staff to review any future statements, including interviews with journalists, by its scientists.
Last year, the famous “hockey-stick” graph by researchers Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley and Malcolm Hughes, came under fire when it was deemed inaccurate by two Canadians – Stephen McIntyre, a minerals and oil consultant, and Ross McKitrick, and economist – neither of whom have any background in climate science.
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists is presenting its annual journalism award this year to Michael Crichton, the science fiction writer whose latest book, “State of Fear,” dismisses global warming as a largely imaginary threat embraced by malignant scientists for their own ends.
“It is fiction,” conceded Larry Nation, communications director for the association. “But it has the absolute ring of truth” he told the New York Times.
Card rapped as stooge: Critics say energy advice is tainted
The Boston Herald, Feb. 7, 2006
Environmentalists yesterday blasted President Bush’s energy budget as the product of an administration dominated by ex-oil and auto industry executives — including former auto lobbyist turned White House chief of staff Andrew Card.
In a direct swipe at the head-in-the-sand Bush Administration, a major Republican Senator called on the U.S. to rejoin the Kyoto process in a major address to the U.N. Security Council:
Among other things, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana said:
“I have urged the Bush Administration and my colleagues in Congress to return to a leadership role on the issue of climate change.
If you Google the phrase that sounded so explosive in U.S. President George Bush's mouth last week, the first post you will come up with is a Dec. 13, 2001 leader from that venerable defender of the free market, the Economist magazine.
There are skeptics galore dismissing U.S. President George W. Bush's admission this week that America has a problem. They look at the Texas oilman's history and doubt that he is sincere in saying that the U.S. should conserve fossil fuels or seriously explore (climate friendly) energy alternatives.