Energy giant ExxonMobil borrowed tactics from the tobacco industry to raise doubt about climate change, spending $16 million (8.2 million pounds) on groups that question global warming, a science watchdog group said on Wednesday.This is jest Exxon, remember. When big terbacky was doin' the selfsame sorta thing, they was colludin' with one another an' a whole whack o' companies did it. I wonder how much Shell, BP and some o' the other big oil guys spend on false propergander.
ExxonMobil did this by using the same methods used for decades by the U.S. tobacco industry, the report said, including:
-- raising doubts about even the most undisputed science;
-- funding a variety of front organisations to create the appearance of a broad platform;
-- recruiting a number of vocal climate change contrarians;
-- portraying its opposition to action as a quest for "sound science" rather than business self-interest;
-- using its access to the Bush administration to shape federal communications and policies on global warming.Get the whole report from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
I reckon if you got the money, you can buy opinions an' influence. That ain't nuthin' new. What's new is that ol' Mother Earth's sufferin' an' man's t' blame an' man's gonna get extinct if we don't wake up. Big oil's makin' money on the way it is now an' they don't care what happens t' our kiddies an' grankiddies.
An' they got King Steve in their pocket.