04 Dec 2006

Senators Issue Gag Order on Global Warming Debate

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Today’s WSJ editorial is justifiably indignant about Senators Jay Rockefeller (D- WV) and Olympia Snowe (RINO -ME) last October sending ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson a letter demanding that Exxon stop supporting groups skeptical of Global Warming or else.

the two Senators believe global warming is a fact, and therefore all debate about the issue must stop and ExxonMobil should “end its dangerous support of the [global warming] ‘deniers.’ ” Not only that, the company “should repudiate its climate change denial campaign and make public its funding history.” And in extra penance for being “one of the world’s largest carbon emitters,” Exxon should spend that money on “global remediation efforts.”…

This is amazing stuff. On the one hand, the Senators say that everyone agrees on the facts and consequences of climate change. But at the same time they are so afraid of debate that they want Exxon to stop financing a doughty band of dissenters who can barely get their name in the paper. We respect the folks at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, but we didn’t know until reading the Rockefeller-Snowe letter that they ran U.S. climate policy and led the mainstream media around by the nose, too. Congratulations.

Let’s compare the balance of forces: on one side, CEI; on the other, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense, the U.N. and EU, Hollywood, Al Gore, and every politically correct journalist in the country. We’ll grant that’s a fair intellectual fight. But if the Senators are so afraid that a handful of policy wonks at a single small think-tank are in danger of winning this debate, they must not have much confidence in the merits of their own case.

The Letter

A simple way to tell that Global Warming is an intellectual fraud is the readily observable efforts of its supporters to declare debate closed. Real science does not require its theories to be supported by threats and intimidation. Those who have truth on their side are happy to debate.

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Exxon does not just fund research, and it certainly does not fund just any old eco topic some one may want to look into. It funds efforts to create and spread uncertainty. This has been a project of a number of heavily endowed tank tanks that have been spreading the corporate funds, including Exxon, for this purpose. To carry oln this project in a sustained and calculated way seems to me utter depravity.

Dominique R. Poirier

Yes, Garhane. It is true that Exxon spend much more money on tank tanks than on research. But, where in the hell would you store all that oil and transport it once it is pumped, then? And you know what? To nobody’s concern Russian companies have the same problem. Read the week’s issue of The Economist (dated December 16th — 22th, 2006), for example.




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