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Climate Change Deniers Funded By Exxon-Mobil

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 9, 2009

In news that will surprise absolutely no one who’s been paying attention, the “ClimateGate” people have been found to have extensive ties to Exxon-Mobil:

The story details the nexus between the NIPCC, the Heartland Institute (recipient of $676,500 from Exxon-Mobil over the last 10 years), the Cato Institute ($125,000 from Exxon-Mobil in the last decade) and multiple other right-wing front groups.

In addition, one of the key pieces in the hacked ClimateGate emails refers to a study reported in scientific journals that was revealed to be underwritten by the American Petroleum Institute, yet another Exxon-Mobil front group…

Oh, and by the way: The sunspot gambit, a favorite of the deniers, has been debunked. Solar cycles aren’t the cause of global warming.
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[Added, 12/9 to help complete idiots understand the issue and how the stolen e-mails do not mean that scientists doubt that manmade global warming is occurring; via Atrios and Tim Lambert. --Charles]

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7 Responses to “Climate Change Deniers Funded By Exxon-Mobil”

  1. Stormcrow said

    In addition, one of the key pieces in the hacked ClimateGate emails ..

    I guess felony computer intrusion is yet another of those things that falls under IOKIYAR.

  2. Did you link the right thing? The article you seem to be linking is about the TARP.

  3. Gonzo Max said

    You’re not going to want to hear this but the scientific method being what it is, it is far from certain that atypical warming is going on and even less evidence that it’s man-made. Both statements may be true; one or moree may be false. Either way those who speak with certainty in absolute support or absolute opposition are politically motivated because science is a long way off from understanding the climatic process.

    • Charles II said

      Gonzo… ::sigh::…

      The major scientific societies, such as the National Academy of Science and the AAAS have made it clear that they believe that the evidence is overwhelming that global warming is man-made. There are no peer-reviewed studies that seriously challenge that conclusion. The levels of certainty for the hypothesis are around 95%.

      But for the sake of argument, let’s say that we’re only 5% (!) certain that global warming is man-made. The damage due to global warming is projected to run into the trillions of dollars. The costs of remediation are far, far, smaller, probably only a couple of hundred billion. Pew has done studies, which you can look up if you want. On a simple cost-benefit basis, it would make sense to remediate even if we were far less certain of the impending damage than we are.

      Furthermore, because cutting coal and gasoline emissions would improve air quality, remediation would actually reduce lung disease and cut medical costs. Getting Americans to walk a little more probably wouldn’t hurt either. Add it all up, and there is no valid argument for failing to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

      So, go ahead to spread your little squawks of propaganda. They’re lies, and if tools like you succeed in your work, you’ll get to live out your old age knowing you were part of turning the Earth that your children will have to live in into a nightmare.

      Gee, I bet you didn’t want to hear that.

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