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Breaking: NY Times Discovers Vast Corporate Global Warming Disinformation Campaign

Big Oil, Tea Party, Religious Fundies and Right Wing Media Exposed – 30 Years Too Late

[Update 2: 10/25/10 – Oh my, NY Times again: Texas oil money fueling California Prop. 23 to “suspend” global warming law AB 32; while billionaire Koch brothers coordinate secret Tea Party strategy] 

Update 1: 10/25/10 – Chris Hedges column today expresses exactly my views, and far more eloquently than I do:

The lunatic fringe of the Republican Party, which looks set to make sweeping gains in the midterm elections, is the direct result of a collapse of liberalism. It is the product of bankrupt liberal institutions, including the press, the church, universities, labor unions, the arts and the Democratic Party. The legitimate rage being expressed by disenfranchised workers toward the college-educated liberal elite, who abetted or did nothing to halt the corporate assault on the poor and the working class of the last 30 years, is not misplaced. The liberal class is guilty. The liberal class, which continues to speak in the prim and obsolete language of policies and issues, refused to act. It failed to defend traditional liberal values during the long night of corporate assault in exchange for its position of privilege and comfort in the corporate state. The virulent right-wing backlash we now experience is an expression of the liberal class’ flagrant betrayal of the citizenry. 

After letting corporate liars get away with a campaign of unchallenged lies and disinformation for years, the NY Times finally reports the news - and they put it on Page 1:

Climate Change Doubt Is Tea Party Article of Faith

My favorite quotes from the story: (validating this classic 1967 essay)

“It’s a flat-out lie,” Mr. Dennison said in an interview after the debate, adding that he had based his view on the preaching of Rush Limbaugh and the teaching of Scripture. “I read my Bible,” Mr. Dennison said. “He made this earth for us to utilize.”

and this one:

“This so-called climate science is just ridiculous,” said Kelly Khuri, founder of the Clark County Tea Party Patriots. “I think it’s all cyclical.”

“Carbon regulation, cap and trade, it’s all just a money-control avenue,” Ms. Khuri added. “Some people say I’m extreme, but they said the John Birch Society was extreme, too.”

and this one:

And 8 percent of Tea Party adherents volunteered that they did not believe global warming exists at all, while only 1 percent of other respondents agreed.

Those views in general align with those of the fossil fuel industries, which have for decades waged a concerted campaign to raise doubts about the science of global warming and to undermine policies devised to address it.

They have created and lavishly financed institutes to produce anti-global-warming studies, paid for rallies and Web sites to question the science, and generated scores of economic analyses that purport to show that policies to reduce emissions of climate-altering gases will have a devastating effect on jobs and the overall economy.

Their views are spread by a number of widely followed conservative opinion leaders, including Mr. Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, George Will and Sarah Palin, who oppose government programs to address climate change and who question the credibility and motives of the scientists who have raised alarms about it.

Groups that help support Tea Party candidates include climate change skepticism in their core message. Americans for Prosperity, a group founded and largely financed by oil industry interests, has sponsored what it calls a Regulation Reality Tour to stir up opposition to climate change legislation and federal regulation of carbon emissions. Its Tea Party talking points describe a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions as “the largest excise tax in history.”

Wow. I’m speechless.

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  1. Seldom Seen Smith
    October 23rd, 2010 at 21:01 | #1

    It’s a wonder to me how the far right will stop at nothing to wage war over a potential risk asserted under the flimsiest of “evidence”, yet refute the findings held by the world’s foremost scientist, including our own National Academy of Scientist. Someone please show me a bigger risk to National security than climate change.

  2. Seldom Seen Smith
    October 25th, 2010 at 08:11 | #2

    If anyone was wondering, I was referring to WMDs and Iraq. And it’s actually called the National Academy of Sciences (oops).

  3. Bill Wolfe
    October 25th, 2010 at 08:25 | #3

    Seldom – not to worry, both were obvious. We don’t hold comments on blogs to publication standards! Hell, I don’t even hold the blog posts to those standards!

    But, back to your point: you are correct on the national security front, and in fact the Pentagon recently released a study that laid out the various threats. But I try to avoid using national security as a basis because we don’t want a military response and once the national security policy people are in control, bad things invariably go down. Just look at the US so called “humanitarian” militarized response to recent Haiti disaster.

  4. October 29th, 2010 at 00:55 | #4

    The “militarized” response was only so they could use military equipment to unload relief supplies and pass out military supplies, such as MREs and tents. They made it very clear that they weren’t there to change the gov’t (which it turns out could only have been an improvement as none of the elitist landowners will allow anyone to build permanent housing for the homeless on their land, the Haitian gov’t was charging a tax on relief supplies, supplies that may have prevented or at least mitigated the recent cholera outbreak sit in warehouses instead of being distributed, and people are still living in tents 10 mos. after the quake. I WISH our government WERE as anxious to assist in a military response to humanitarian disasters as to imagined military/terrorist “threats”. The 82nd Airborne is the best equipped to handle a big humanitarian relief effort as they did in New Orleans, although called in late.

  5. October 29th, 2010 at 00:57 | #5

    Plus, the US military was the closest entity able to clear Port au Prince’s harbor of debris so that supplies could reach land.

  6. Seldom Seen Smith
    October 29th, 2010 at 21:09 | #6

    I love the 82nd. I went beach camping in NC with some guys 82nd and I never met a bigger bunch of patriots. Some of them were from the inter-mountain west and they were very interested in shore ecology. They had never seen a skate or dog fish. Wwe did not catch much, but they were stoked. I believe that they had distain for political BS and wished to serve people, wherever they might live. I put the guys I met in the same class as EPA/NJDEP rank and file (except for the threat of death).

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