Union of Concerned Scientists Slams Exxon-Tobacco Link

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.

The opening paragraph gives a pretty good sense of what to expect:

In an effort to deceive the public about the reality of global warming, ExxonMobil has underwritten the most sophisticated and most successful disinformation campaign since the tobacco industry misled the public about the scientific evidence linking smoking to lung cancer and heart disease. As this report documents, the two disinformation campaigns are strikingly similar. ExxonMobil has drawn upon the tactics and even some of the organizations and actors involved in the callous disinformation campaign the tobacco industry waged for 40 years.


(bad link to paper on main page)

There has to be a tort in there somewhere….come on lawyers, let’s get this sorted out….

The point woman on the CEI press release is Jody Clark, who wrote that “lack of access to cars can be deadly—as demonstrated by the experience of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, where cars, rather than mass transit, were the key to evacuating hundreds of thousands of people.”

Before anyone phones them up, people should be absolutely clear about the limit of their ideas when they say we can “adapt to climate change”. They mean we should all have cars or RVs and be able to drive ourselves out of the way of trouble on Federal highways. And that’s it.