US big business against climate science


This video from the USA is called DN! “Astroturf Activism”(1\2): Leaked Memo Reveals Oil Industry Effort to Stage Rallies.

From the New Scientist in the USA:

August 26, 2009 5:05 PM

US business lobby demands Scopes trial for global warming

Shanta Barley, reporter

The US Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest federation of businesses, has demanded that the Environment Protection Agency hold a public hearing to put the science of global warming on trial, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

The Chamber apparently envisages the lawsuit as a 21st Century Scopes trial, the 1925 legal case that overturned the Butler Act, a law forbidding the teaching of evolution in US schools.

Huh? Don’t they realise that science won in that case?

In April, the EPA paved the way for strict regulation of greenhouse gas emissions by ruling that climate change is bad for human health – and therefore subject to the Clean Air Act.

Now, with only a few weeks left before the policy change becomes official, the Chamber of Commerce is fighting back, demanding a public hearing to “force transparency” from the EPA regarding its evidence for the decision.

Not that they’re being taken seriously. The move has been dismissed as a ploy to sow political discord and undermine global warming legislation. The EPA itself shrugged off the threatened lawsuit as both a “waste of time” and “frivolous”. Ouch.

Indeed, Brenda Ekwurzel, a climate scientist for the environmental group Union of Concerned Scientists, says that the Chamber’s campaign against climate change [science] is reminiscent of the Salem witch trials – “based on myth”.

The Yes Men Pull Off Prank Claiming U.S. Chamber of Commerce Had Changed Its Stance on Climate Change: here.

“Forget ‘alternative’ energy — it can’t work!” That — and in almost those exact words — was among the messages of an article published in the Rupert Murdoch-owned Weekend Australian on August 8 by journalist Terry McCrann: here.

Climate myths: Any cooling disproves global warming: here.

The US Chamber of Commerce is taking a real hammering on Facebook these days. A visit to its wall finds a significant number of visitors demanding that it stop fudging its membership numbers: here.

Chamber Of Commerce Receives At Least $885,000 From Over 80 Foreign Companies That May Be Used to Attack Democrats: here.

4 thoughts on “US big business against climate science

  1. What group is doing the most to make global warming worse? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    That’s why top companies including Apple, Exelon Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric, Nike, and Public Service Company of New Mexico have all quit the Chamber.

    If Ford wants to reduce global warming, it must break with U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik

    To: William Ford Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
    Subject: Ford must break with U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Dear Mr. Ford,

    I am happy to see that your company is supporting new national clean car standards. These standards will reduce U.S. oil consumption, cut global warming emissions, and save people like me money at the gas pump.

    Unfortunately, Ford’s environmental commitments are undermined by its continued participation in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has sued the Environmental Protection Agency to prevent implementation of the new standards and is actively lobbying against other efforts to curb U.S. global warming pollution.

    I therefore ask that you lead the board of directors to make a public break between Ford and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    Sincerely,

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