Thursday, January 04, 2007

Non-News: Global Warming Denialists are Industry Shills

This is non-news (everyone knows global warming denialists are industry shills), but interesting nontheless:

Exxon linked to doubters of warming

Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's biggest gasoline maker, spent $15.8 million since 1998 funding groups that reject scientific evidence of a human contribution to global warming, according to a report yesterday by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Exxon gave to 43 organizations promoting "uncertainties" about global warming to delay U.S. action to curb emissions of greenhouse gases, the report said. Exxon also successfully recommended climate advisers for the Bush administration, which rejected a global treaty to cut greenhouse gases in 2001 and instead called for voluntary reductions.

Among the biggest recipients of funding from Exxon were the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which advocates limited government regulation of business, and the Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, a group started by Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris in 1993 to sow confusion over the dangers of second-hand smoke, the report said.

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Irving, Texas-based Exxon pumps more oil than every member of OPEC except Saudi Arabia and Iran.

"Sound science" indeed. Thanks so much, Mr. Raymond, and my children thank you too. I think there is a special room in hell just for you.

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