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    More everyday, I notice that media pundits, interviewers, and reporters discuss politics rather than policy. A politician is not asked how their actions impact the nation, they are asked what partisan fallout they anticipate will occur.

    Having said that, we still need to find a way to consider and score evidence objectively in the political arena if we are to choose the best course of action in solving our common problems.
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  2. #72
    "Global Warming. It seems that talk is just getting in the way of action. Whether global warming is happening or not and whether human activity is contributing to the warming, if we conserve fuel and energy, we will be doing our country and humankind much good. Wise." Thats well written. One way or a nother we have to decide witch side of fence your on. No need to, just do the best we and the world to back it off. We all know polluting is bad. Lets clean it up without killing our country or us.
    oh well

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenf View Post
    Lets clean it up without killing our country or us.
    We won't have to if global warming is real.


  4. #74
    I saw an interesting article in the New York Times yesterday about this. More or less in the article they say that conservatives see this as a way to discredit science and therefore show that evolution is not a fact. Unbelievable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Type Fran├žais View Post
    We won't have to if global warming is real.
    Lazy.

  6. #76
    The only thing that will end life as Americans know is libs and gays. Another busy night trying to edacate you idiots.
    oh well

  7. #77
    Quote Originally Posted by kenf View Post
    The only thing that will end life as Americans know is libs and gays. Another busy night trying to edacate you idiots.
    Thanks for the edacation.


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    I've been reading this section of the forum for awhile here just for interesting links, but this is my first posting...hi everyone!

    I just read this interesting report on ExxonMobile's work to spread disinformation on global warming/climate change/ect which highlights how some large entities with deep pockets are muddying the water of intelligent discussion for their own financial interests. I thought a few people reading this discussion might find it interesting, be warned it is quite long!

    http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documen...xon_report.pdf

  9. #79
    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter-Gatherer View Post
    I've been reading this section of the forum for awhile here just for interesting links, but this is my first posting...hi everyone!

    I just read this interesting report on ExxonMobile's work to spread disinformation on global warming/climate change/ect which highlights how some large entities with deep pockets are muddying the water of intelligent discussion for their own financial interests. I thought a few people reading this discussion might find it interesting, be warned it is quite long!

    http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documen...xon_report.pdf
    Hunter-Gatherer, thanks very much for the article. I reproduce the executive summary of the article here so that people can decide whether or not they want to download the 1.7 Mb article from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

    Executive Summary
    In an effort to deceive the public about the reality
    of global warming, ExxonMobil has underwritten
    the most sophisticated and most successful
    disinformation campaign since the tobacco industry
    misled the public about the scientific evidence
    linking smoking to lung cancer and heart disease.
    As this report documents, the two disinformation
    campaigns are strikingly similar. ExxonMobil has
    drawn upon the tactics and even some of the
    organizations and actors involved in the callous
    disinformation campaign the tobacco industry
    waged for 40 years. Like the tobacco industry,
    ExxonMobil has:
    • Manufactured uncertainty by raising doubts
    about even the most indisputable scientific
    evidence.
    • Adopted a strategy of information laundering
    by using seemingly independent front organizations
    to publicly further its desired message
    and thereby confuse the public.
    • Promoted scientific spokespeople who misrepresent
    peer-reviewed scientific findings or
    cherry-pick facts in their attempts to persuade
    the media and the public that there is still
    serious debate among scientists that burning
    fossil fuels has contributed to global warming
    and that human-caused warming will have
    serious consequences.
    • Attempted to shift the focus away from meaningful
    action on global warming with misleading
    charges about the need for “sound science.”
    • Used its extraordinary access to the Bush
    administration to block federal policies and
    shape government communications on global
    warming.

    The report documents that, despite the scientific
    consensus about the fundamental understanding
    that global warming is caused by carbon
    dioxide and other heat-trapping emissions, Exxon-
    Mobil has funneled about $16 million between
    1998 and 2005 to a network of ideological and
    advocacy organizations that manufacture uncertainty
    on the issue. Many of these organizations
    have an overlapping—sometimes identical—
    collection of spokespeople serving as staff, board
    members, and scientific advisors. By publishing
    and republishing the non-peer-reviewed works of
    a small group of scientific spokespeople, Exxon-
    Mobil-funded organizations have propped up
    and amplified work that has been discredited
    by reputable climate scientists.

    ExxonMobil’s funding of established research
    institutions that seek to better understand science,
    policies, and technologies to address global warming
    has given the corporation “cover,” while its funding
    of ideological and advocacy organizations to
    conduct a disinformation campaign works to confuse
    that understanding. This seemingly inconsistent
    activity makes sense when looked at through
    a broader lens. Like the tobacco companies in
    previous decades, this strategy provides a positive
    “pro-science” public stance for ExxonMobil that
    masks their activity to delay meaningful action on
    global warming and helps keep the public debate
    stalled on the science rather than focused on
    policy options to address the problem.

    In addition, like Big Tobacco before it,
    ExxonMobil has been enormously successful at
    influencing the current administration and key
    members of Congress. Documents highlighted
    in this report, coupled with subsequent events,
    provide evidence of ExxonMobil’s cozy relationship
    with government officials, which enables
    the corporation to work behind the scenes to gain
    access to key decision makers. In some cases, the
    company’s proxies have directly shaped the global
    warming message put forth by federal agencies.
    Finally, this report provides a set of steps elected
    officials, investors, and citizens can take to neutralize
    ExxonMobil’s disinformation campaign
    and remove this roadblock to sensible action for
    reducing global warming emissions.
    Last edited by Wise Young; 03-07-2010 at 08:32 PM. Reason: corrected typos

  10. #80
    I find it curious that many (but not all) liberal proponents of global warming are adamantly opposed to nuclear power and buy into the hysterical nonsense of fears generated by the propaganda film, The China Syndrome. There are many who are using fear tactics to advance their own agendas resulting in redistribution of income from the middle-class via the implementation of cap and trade energy taxes, which will be passed on to consumers. As I noted previously, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and other Wall Street firms are looking to create the next economic bubble through the use of carbon credits trading.

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