The Dernogalizer

April 24, 2009

Big Industry Scandal

Filed under: Energy/Climate — Matt Dernoga @ 9:58 pm
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I’ve made posts before about the resounding scientific consensus surrounding man-made climate change.  It turns out,  so have the scientists hired by dirty industries 14 years ago.

So to give a summary of this disgraceful revelation, the pollutioning industries formed an organization called the Global Climate Coailtion 14 years ago to prevent congressional action on global warming.  Unfortunately, when the coalition’s own hired scientists came back and said that man-made global warming was a fact, they buried the report.  Then they went and sounded off for years and years about the scientific uncertainty over man-made global warming.  Big surprise(not), but the memo has finally been unearthed.  The American people have been swindled by this disinformation campaign for over a decade, and far too many are still falling for it today.  Notable excerpts below..

““The role of greenhouse gases in climate change is not well understood,” the coalition said in a scientific “backgrounder” provided to lawmakers and journalists through the early 1990s, adding that “scientists differ” on the issue.”

“But a document filed in a federal lawsuit demonstrates that even as the coalition worked to sway opinion, its own scientific and technical experts were advising that the science backing the role of greenhouse gases in global warming could not be refuted.  “The scientific basis for the Greenhouse Effect and the potential impact of human emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2 on climate is well established and cannot be denied,” the experts wrote in an internal report compiled for the coalition in 1995.”

“Throughout the 1990s, when the coalition conducted a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign challenging the merits of an international agreement, policy makers and pundits were fiercely debating whether humans could dangerously warm the planet. Today, with general agreement on the basics of warming, the debate has largely moved on to the question of how extensively to respond to rising temperatures.”

“Benjamin D. Santer, a climate scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratorywhose work for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was challenged by the Global Climate Coalition and allied groups, said the coalition was “engaging in a full-court press at the time, trying to cast doubt on the bottom-line conclusion of the I.P.C.C.” That panel concluded in 1995 that “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate.”

“I’m amazed and astonished,” Dr. Santer said, “that the Global Climate Coalition had in their possession scientific information that substantiated our cautious findings and then chose to suppress that information.”

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