Media Watch: Will Cato Dupe Journalists with Counterfeit Gov't Copycat?

Cato Institute, the right wing think tank co-founded by the Koch brothers, plans to release a document this week that has all the appearances of being a government report on the impacts of climate change in the United States - but of course it is not.

The Cato report, titled: “Addendum: Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States” uses the same cover design, title and fonts as a report issued in 2009 by the US government's Global Change Research Program titled: Global Climate Change Impacts in the US.

Here's a side-by-side comparison of the Cato fake report and the US government climate impacts report:

As John Abraham, a professor at the University of St. Thomas, puts it best,

“It's not an addendum. It's counterfeit. It's a continued effort to kick the can down the road: a steady drip, drip, drip of false reports by false scientists to create a false sense of debate.”

Read previous coverage of the counterfeit Cato report, which is laughably edited by Pat Michaels, the fossil fuel industry's paid misinformation mouthpiece.

Check back here to see if any media fall for this obvious ploy to create the appearance of officialdom and real science by the Cato Institute.  


Will Cato Dupe Journalists with Counterfeit Gov't Copycat?

What's the betting that David Rose will bring this up in the Mail, he has a habit of bringing up undigested matter expecting others to swallow it.

Michaels must now be beyond the pale WRT accredited respectable scientists, i.e. those still engaged in science and not advocacy. People like him should be called out by the professional scientific bodies and they could start by suing for breach of copyright although I suspect there are layers of lawyers in place.

Those lawyers and also PR organisations which enable such examples of pushing denial and who insulate the deniers from academic and other forms of censure were decried by Robert Proctor in his probable future classic, 'Golden Holocaust', pp. 444-445, about the shenanigans of the tobacco industry and such enablers.

After all we have seen that Michael Mann has rolled a ball aiming for a strike. Let's knock a few more down after all hockey is so twentieth century.