2010-12-12 15:43:19 UTC
Saturday, December 11, 2010
By Doug Craig
I just finished stating that those in denial do not have any science
studies supporting their positions.
There have been about 30,000 studies published in the last 40 years on
The fact that not one of them supports their view is significant.
Instead, they find their support in petitions, not studies.
The fact that "More Than 1000 International Scientists Dissent Over
Man-Made Global Warming Claims" means very little if those scientists
do not have any scientific studies to support their claims.
Anyone can sign a petition.
That does not prove anything.
The site where you can find this is ClimateDepot "a project of the
Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow--a conservative think tank,
based out of Washington, D.C."
The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow or CFACT has received
$582,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.
That is correct.
Those who want to deny the human role in global warming turn to
conservative think tanks who receive money from the largest company on
Earth benefiting from our continued use of fossil fuels.
ExxonMobil has given millions of dollars for years to organizations
like CFACT to confuse the public mind on global warming and climate
In 2007 "A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists offers the
most comprehensive documentation to date of how ExxonMobil has adopted
the tobacco industry's disinformation tactics, as well as some of the
same organizations and personnel, to cloud the scientific
understanding of climate change and delay action on the issue.
According to the report, ExxonMobil has funneled nearly $16 million
between 1998 and 2005 to a network of 43 advocacy organizations that
seek to confuse the public on global warming science."
ClimateDepot is run by Marc Morano.
"From 2006 to 2009 Morano was the communications director for Senator
James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the minority chair of the Senate Environment
and Public Works Committee. Prior to the last election, Inhofe was the
majority chair of the EPWC."
"In the 2002 election cycle, Inhofe received more in donations from
the oil and gas sector than any other Senator. According to the latest
available election financing data, in the last five years Inhofe has
received just over $3.4 million in donations from 20 industry
sectors--almost $1 million (29%) is from the Energy/Natural Resources
Sector and their respective PACS."
"Prior to working for Senator Inhofe, Morano was a journalist with
Cybercast News Service, which is owned and operated by the Media
Research Center (MRC). The MRC is supported in part by right-wing
foundations and funding from industry, including over $200,000 from
"From 1992 to 1996, Morano worked as a producer for the Rush Limbaugh
Television Show and was known as 'Limbaugh's man in Washington.'"
"Morano is a regular speaker at the Heartland Institute's annual
International Conference on Climate Change. Morano is also listed on
Heartland's website as a 'global warming expert.' The Heartland
Institute has received $676,500 from ExxonMobil since 1998, in
addition to $335,000 from Scaife Foundations and $77,578 from Koch
Foundations. They have also received over $200,000 from the tobacco
giant Philip Morris."
All of this of course does prove my point.
While some turn to credible science sources for data on climate
change, others turn to conservative think tanks with connections to
the fossil fuel industry with a clear political agenda.
They can point to petitions to support their denial but remember it
has nothing to do with science and everything to do with politics.