Climate negationist junk science public relations

This is a video about oil corporation Exxon bankrolling global warming denialists.

From Wildlife Promise blog in the USA:

Who’s Paying for Attacks on Climate Science?

Last year saw a lobbying firm working for polluters send forged letters to members of Congress. Do we have an early nominee for 2010’s Polluter Scandal of the Year?

Over at Mother Jones, Kate Sheppard reports a notorious public relations agency who’s worked for evolution deniers in the past is now smearing climate science:

“Staffers over at [Creative Response Concepts] have been tweeting furiously on global warming issues for the past few months — attacking not only climate legislation but climate science. […]

So who is CRC working for? It’s not clear if their Twitter efforts are independent or on behalf of a particular client, though their list includes many players seeking to undermine climate science. The firm’s clients have included the National Republican Congressional Committee, National Taxpayers Union, Republican National Committee, Free Enterprise Foundation, American International Automobile Dealers Assoc., Corn Refiners Association, and the creationists at the Discovery Institute. CRC also has close ties with the conservative media machine, using avenues like the Drudge Report and Cybercast News Service to push the Swift Boat story.

I called CRC headquarters to find out more about their climate campaign, but Russell didn’t return calls—and then blocked me from following him on Twitter. Of course, like anyone else I can still access the CRC staffers’ Twitter page. Is there something that CRC wants to hide?”

Sounds like CRC doesn’t want anyone to follow the money. Will any reporters force the issue?

Just a guess … the money trail leads to ExxonMobil? Or to other Big Oil polluters?

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  1. Global warming making trees grow at fastest rate in 200 years


    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 13:41 IST

    London: A new study by scientists has determined that global warming is making trees across North America grow at a rate faster now than they have done at any time in the past 200 years.

    According to a report in The Independent, the trees in the northern hemisphere appear to have accelerated growth rates due to longer growing seasons and higher concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.

    Scientists have documented the changes to the growth of 55 plots of mixed hardwood forest over a period of 22 years, and have concluded that they are probably growing faster now than they have done at any time in the past 225 years – the age of the oldest trees in the study.

    Geoffrey Parker, a forest ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Centre in Edgewater, Maryland, said that the increase in the rate of growth was unexpected and might be matched to the higher temperatures and longer growing seasons documented in the region.

    The study suggests that northern forests may become increasingly important in terms of moderating the influence of man-made carbon dioxide on the climate.

    Dr Parker and his colleagues have carried out a detailed census of the trees on a regular basis since 1987, measuring every tree and sapling that has a diameter of more than 2cm (0.78in).

    They calculated that the forest is producing an additional two tonnes of wood per acre each year, which is equivalent to a tree with a diameter of two feet sprouting up in the space of a year.

    The scientists identified a series of plots with trees at different stages of growth and found that both young and old trees were showing increased growth rates.

    More than 90% of the tree groups had grown by between two and four times faster than the scientists had predicted from estimates of the long-term rates of growth.

    The scientists said that if the trees had grown as quickly throughout their lives as they had shown in recent years they would be much larger than they are now.

    They based their conclusions on 250,000 measurements taken over more than 20 years.

    During the same period, the scientists measured the concentration of carbon dioxide in the forest air and found that it had risen by 12%.

    The average temperature had increased by three-tenths of a degree, and the growing season had lengthened by 7.8 days.

    The scientists believe that all three factors have played a role in helping the trees to grow faster.


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    limits on immigration

    By Ian Angus and Simon Butler
    January 25, 2010 — Immigrants to the developed world have frequently
    been blamed for unemployment, crime and other social ills. Attempts to
    reduce or block immigration have been justified as necessary measures to
    protect “our way of life” from alien influences. Today, some
    environmentalists go farther, arguing that sharp cuts in immigration are
    needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change.
    However sincere and well-meaning such activists may be, their arguments
    are wrong and dangerous, and should be rejected by the climate emergency

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  3. Population Justice’ — Blaming Third World women for global warming

    By Ian Angus

    January 31, 2010 — For more than two centuries, the idea that the
    world’s ills are caused by poor people having too many babies has been
    remarkably successful at diverting attention from the complex social
    causes of poverty and injustice.

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  4. Copenhagen climate change activists falsely accused of terrorism

    By Kieran Adair

    March 23, 2010 — In Copenhagen, Sydney-based climate justice advocate
    Natasha Verco, as well as US activist Noah Weiss, faces charges under
    Denmark’s “terrorism” laws. Verco faces up to 12-and-a-half years’ jail
    for her role in organising protests against the United Nations
    Copemnhagen climate summit in December.

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