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Fri, 2013-01-25 10:13Anne Landman
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FreedomWorks Continues Dick Armey's Defense of Big Tobacco

The third in a series about Dick Armey and his relationship to the tobacco industry throughout his career. See part one and part two.

In his last job as head of Freedomworks, Dick Armey became a more consistent and reliable ally for the tobacco industry for at least one of their pet issues: cigarette taxes.

Under Armey, FreedomWorks consistently took the tobacco industry's side by opposing cigarette tax increases. In 2005, FreedomWorks opposed a cigarette tax increase in Cook County, Illinois. In 2006, Armey and FreedomWorks opposed a cigarette tax increase in Hawaii. In 2007, FreedomWorks boasted about the effectiveness of a $12 million ad blitz by the tobacco companies aimed at killing a cigarette tax proposal in Oregon. In 2009, Armey spoke against cigarette taxes and FreedomWorks took positions opposing higher cigarette taxes. Armey also opposed a cigarette tax increase in Maine in 2011. In the meantime, Armey also continued using FreedomWorks to promote his flat-tax idea.

Thu, 2010-10-21 07:06Ross Gelbspan
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What kind of Tea are they Drinking Anyway?

Skepticism and outright denial of global warming are among the articles of faith of the Tea Party movement, here in Indiana and across the country. For some, it is a matter of religious conviction; for others, it is driven by distrust of those they call the elites. And for others still, efforts to address climate change are seen as a conspiracy to impose world government and a sweeping redistribution of wealth. But all are wary of the Obama administration’s plans to regulate carbon dioxide, a ubiquitous gas, which will require the expansion of government authority into nearly every corner of the economy.

Tue, 2007-07-10 11:51Ross Gelbspan
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RFK Jr: Change Governments -- Not Lightbulbs!

We've all heard the oil industry and the coal industry and their indentured servants in the political process telling us that global climate stability is a luxury that we can't afford – that we have to choose now between economic prosperity on the one hand and environmental protection on the other.

And that is a false choice.

Thu, 2007-05-10 19:51Kevin Grandia
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Beck's "Climate of Fear"

CNN shock jock Glenn Beck's “Climate of Fear” special was a miserable failure in the cable ratings.

It most likely tanked because it played host to the usual global warming denier gang, using the same laundry list of global warming denial talking points.

See below for the youtube version of Beck's denier-a-minute special broken into six parts – and check out the research we have compiled on some of the better known global warming dinosaurs Beck features.

Tue, 2007-05-08 12:51Kevin Grandia
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Beck's "Climate of Fear" crashes and burns

Is it scientifically valid to attribute one instance of total failure by the global warming denier campaign to an emerging long-term global trend of failures by the global warming denier campaign? 

Last week's Glenn Beck denier-a-minute special on climate change “alarmism” was a complete flop. The evening ratings are out and it shows Beck dead last in total viewers in the 7pm time slot. CNN can't be too happy, considering there was a considerable amount of hype-dollars invested in this attack on science.

I guess Tim Ball isn't the media darling the US think tank s have been making him out to be.

H/T: Media Matters 

Fri, 2007-05-04 09:15Richard Littlemore
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CNNumbskulls: Beck's flock defrocked

Media Matters does a great wrap here on the scientific and political bona fides of the pack of deniers that Glenn Beck rustled together for his special: Exposed: The Climate of Fear.
Thu, 2007-05-03 17:23Kevin Grandia
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Glenn Beck "Climate of Fear" transcript

Haven't had a chance to comb through this yet, but thought I would post it in the meantime. I will bet anyone $5 that the word “global cooling” come up at least 5 times.

See attached.
Wed, 2007-05-02 14:45Kevin Grandia
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Bios and research on Glenn Beck's global warming disinformation special

Rumour is that shock jock Glenn Beck will host the same old typical handful of global warming deniers on his CNN special tonight. They will no doubt spout the same old arguments like: “I remember when global cooling was all anyone would talk about.”

In what is becoming a perfect echo chamber, we see the same small group of mainly industry-funded “experts,” running from one ear to the next telling us that global warming is a hoax, and there is nothing to fear.

What this continuous recycling of the same 5 or 6 global warming deniers highlights more than anything is how very few there are left.

Here is the background on 3 of the known fossil fuel friendlies that will appear as “experts” on Beck's show. They are Tim Ball, Pat Michaels and CEI's Chris Horner.

Thu, 2006-07-13 17:47Kevin Grandia
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CNN's Beck: forget climate change, we got ourselves a war!

Beck: “… Bush alone fighting 'World War III,' while Gore worries that “[t]he ice is starting to melt in Greenland.” Can you walk and chew gum??

Beck's logic is dumfounding: if we are at war, the US administration cannot possibly act on anything else . I guess this logic does hold if you can't walk and chew gum at the same time.
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