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Competitive Enterprise Institute
Check this Bowen Island blogger for an entertaining wrap of recent skeptic news.
Funny line of the day for climate change insiders:
The Natural Resources Stewardship Project, a Canadian environmental policy research think tank which evidently feels the need to put quotation marks around words like “green energy” and “environmentalists”, lays out a strategy which quite likely involves a child blowing on a dandelion ….
“We know enough now - or, society knows enough now - that the risk is serious and action should be taken.”
Exxon Vice President for Public Affairs Kenneth Cohen
In an interview reported in the Wall Street Journal today, Kenneth Cohen began to shift Exxon's corporate positioning on climate change, accepting the reliability of the science and announcing that Exxon has stopped funding climate change deniers like the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).
The Competitive Enterprise Insitute, a DC-based “think” tank is in full crisis mode today after being fingered heavily in a Union of Concerned Scientist's report out today linking ExxonMobil's underhanded PR tactics to deny the realities of climate change to those tactics used by the tobacco industry to claim that smoking isn't bad for us.
Unfortunately, the CEI, in their efforts to distance themselves from the hornet's nest created by the Exxon/tobacco story, they forgot to take down the massive picture of cigarettes from the homepage of their website along with the banner headline: “District smoking ban threatens economic liberty.” Any bets on how long before they take it down?
It's funny because green is not usually Myron's colour. As the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy, Ebell is the brainy deceiver who brought us the “CO2 is Life” ad campaign, promoting the indiscriminate burning of fossil fuel as a means to keep (some) Americans wealthy.
The gassy Competitve Enterprise Institute has reacted in horror to President George W. Bush's State of the Union admission that the United States is “addicted to oil.”
The CEI's Director of Energy Policy, Myron Ebell (the Oil-aholics Anonymous equivalent to an old drinking buddy), said in a post on the CEI site,
“President Bush might as well have said, ‘we're addicted to prosperity, comfort, and mobility, and I've got the policies to do something about it.’”
The Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.'s favorite industry-funded “environmental think tank,” offered up a definitive article on climate change in July of this year.
The CEI began by saying: “Global warming is happening and man is responsible for at least some of it.”
You can click here and read the entire, tortured, outdated 2,913-word argument about how that's really okay – how facing the problem might cause economic dislocation among CEI's major funders – but we think we have excerpted the most important part of the paper in those opening 14 words.