Wednesday :: Nov 22, 2006

Global warming and charlatans


by eriposte

With Democrats now having taken power in Congress, I hope that there will be some real hearings and action on global warming by early next year. A quick perusal of Deltoid this morning yielded some worthwhile links on recent developments on the fight against global warming charlatans.

There is a new documentary from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) called the Denial Machine:

The Denial Machine investigates the roots of the campaign to negate the science and the threat of global warming. It tracks the activities of a group of scientists, some of whom previously consulted for for Big Tobacco, and who are now receiving donations from major coal and oil companies.

The Denial Machine webiste has a ("popup") link to the entire video of the documentary. I haven't been able to see it fully yet (and I hope CBC will consider providing the video on YouTube with a larger size frame) but Richard Littlemore at DeSmogBlog has this to say:

CBC's news magazine show the fifth estate slammed Dr. S. Fred Singer and company out of the park last evening with the "Denial Machine", a 40-minute documentary that gave context to the current climate change debate. Reporter Bob McKeown walked the well-trodden path connecting big tobacco to a group of unsavory scientists and fake grassroots organizations that the cigarette companies hired to deny the link between tobacco and cancer.

Now those organizations and scientists - and Singer is a perfect poster boy - have turned to taking money from ExxonMobil and other energy companies in return for denying the human causes or likely effects of climate change.

Much of the show goes over ground that will be familiar to frequent DeSmog readers, but it was particularly interesting watching a smirking Singer talk about the utter contentedness with which he cashed the last big cheque from ExxonMobil - even as he claimed ignorance of some of the other income he has enjoyed as a denier for hire. ("I don't remember.") If anyone still believed the man had conscience (anyone else, I mean), that bit of television pretty much removed all doubt.

In other news, Al Gore has an op-ed in the right-wing British rag The Torygraph. It is about global warming but was written in response to the usual "I'm proud of my ignorance" gibberish from a British "viscount" Christopher Monckton. Links debunking Monckton's nonsense are here, here and here.

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