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Professional whores

Posted by Charles II on December 9, 2015

Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian:

Greenpeace exposes sceptics hired to cast doubt on climate science

Over the course of their investigation, Greenpeace posed as the representative of a Middle Eastern oil and gas company and an Indonesian coal company. In the guise of a Beirut-based business consultant they asked William Happer , the Cyrus Fogg Brackett professor of physics at Princeton University, to write a report touting the benefits of rising carbon emissions, according to email exchanges between the professor and the fake company.

Happer is one of the most prominent climate sceptics in the US and on Tuesday was called to testify at a congressional hearing into climate “dogma” convened by Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential candidate and chair of the Senate science committee. He is also chairman of the George Marshal Institute in the US and an adviser to the Global Warming Policy Foundation in the UK.

The campaign group assumed another false identity, posing as an Indonesian energy consultancy, to approach Frank Clemente, a retired sociologist formerly at Pennsylvania State University, to commission a report countering damaging studies on Indonesian coal deaths and promoting the benefits of coal, according to the email exchanges.

In both cases, the professors discussed ways to obscure the funding for the reports, at the request of the fake companies. In Happer’s case, the CO2 Coalition which was to receive the fee suggested he reach out to a secretive funding channel called Donors Trust, in response to a request from the fake Greenpeace entity to keep the source of funds secret. Not disclosing funding in this way is not unlawful under US law.

Happer apparently does it out of pure hate, rather than for money.

2 Responses to “Professional whores”

  1. onyxpnina said

    1. Isn’t the title redundant?
    2. This sounds very close to entrapment.

    • Charles II said

      No criminal investigation is involved, so it’s not entrapment. No more than the guy who called Scott Walker identifying himself as David Koch or the Yes Men. And they did pay these guys.

      And, not the title is not redundant. Scientists and sociologists are professionals, but very few prostitute themselves to climate denial.

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