The XX in Exxon = "Fingers Crossed"

Thu, 2009-07-02 12:03Ross Gelbspan
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The XX in Exxon = "Fingers Crossed"

The world’s largest oil company is continuing to fund lobby groups that question the reality of global warming, despite a public pledge to cut support for such climate change denial.Company records show that ExxonMobil handed over hundreds of thousands of pounds to such lobby groups in 2008. These include the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) in Dallas, Texas, which received $75,000, and the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC, which received $50,000.

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$125,000 in total? Is this amount somehow going to ‘confuse’ the public on the issue?

and really you cannot be naïve enough to be genuinely asking this.

We all know how the traditional media (TV and newspapers) outlets work.

Assuming we are not talking about war, famine, pestilence or celebrities, then if there is a perception of a debate, these outlets will publish both sides without regard for the depth of expertise and evidence on the opposing sides. Not being a journalist I don’t know whether to blame the business model or journalistic education. But $125,000 would pay a couple of blokes and a word processor enough to produce dissenting think tank crap for quite a long time.

It doesn’t take a lot of money to confuse some people, like you for example.

a. the # of lies in “inconvenient truth”
b. al gore’s monthly electricity bill
c. the # of feet in algore’s new boat
d. the amount of $ algore so proudly spends to confuse himself

the answer is d for those that didn’t know. how can u keep hammering on the point of money spent when you dont address the 3 HUNDRED MILLION dollar campaign of mr. gore and cohorts.

to raise the publics panic

Is that the money that went to “nonprofits”? Or did more go to fund speaking engagements, bulk orders of books, accounted for in other categories?


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