Thursday, July 27, 2006

Leaked Memo Reveals Coal Industry Propoganda Plan

The latest global warming disinformation campaign is set to be launched by the coal industry, this time by throwing new money behind a an old propaganda campaign that had been discredited in the early 1990s. A leaked memo reveals that the coal industry, valued at $1 trillion annually, is paying climate change skeptic Pat Michaels $100,000 to help spearhead their campaign, which includes distribution of misleading information on global warming and a proposed film to counteract the enormous positive impact of An Inconvenient Truth.

False claims made in the industry sponsored memo include:

1) The primary cause of global warming is variations in orbit and solar output and plate techtonics, not carbon dioxide.

As recent data released from Antarctic core drilling reveals, there is an irrefutable correlation between C02 and global temerature increases over the past 400,000 years, with a overwhelming increase in C02 in just the last few decades:

Source: mongabay.com

2) There is no scientific consensus that global warming is caused by human activity.

This claim was thoroughly refuted by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and their comprehensive review of 928 randomly selected peer refereed scientific articles on climate change. In that review not one article disagreed with the conclusion that the planet is warming and human generated C02 was to blame.

3) The memo also alleges an imbalance in global warming discussions and a need to stop the discussion from being "monopolized by extremists".

The public debate is actually been greatly skewed in favor of "skeptics" by the mass media. A 2004 study found that despite the IPCC findings above, 53 percent of the articles gave roughly equal attention to the views that humans contribute to global warming and that climate change is exclusively the result of natural fluctuations. That is a proportion of content granted to skeptics that is wildly out of line with reality.

Action on global warming will begin when the facts about the risks about its true nature are discussed in earnest, rather than spun in circles by well funded industry mercenaries.

4 comments:

James Tiberius Bond said...

Those fossil fuel industries certainly try don't they. To use major points of the Milanković Theory, which by the way is accepted in Scientific circles, is very deceptive to the layman. By manipulating the interpretation of this theory, without extention is a weak attempt at that deception.

In the late 1960s and 1970s, investigation of the deep-sea sediments brought widespread acceptance of Milanković's view. But is clearly evident that CO2 levels have steadily increased in our atmosphere.

The Mauna Loa observatory, which is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory, has been measuring carbon dioxide and other gases in the air since 1958. In 1958, Mauna Loa measured CO2 levels at 315 ppm. In the last fifty years, it has steadily increased to 380 ppm. Sharper rates of increase occur in the latter 25-30 years.

In addition to the last 48 years of direct data at Mauna Loa, trends have been found in ice cores in Vostok. According to Barnola et al. (2003)...the extension of the Vostok CO2 record shows the present-day levels of CO2 are unprecedented during the past 420 000 yrs. Pre-industrial Holocene levels (~280 ppmv) are found during all interglacials, with the highest values (~300 ppmv) found approximately 323000 yr BP.

To this end, the fossil fuel industry will do anything to guard the value of their precious commodities. Specifically for the coal industry, Pat Michael's $100,000 payout shows what little integrity he has in supporting such an ludicrous claim. Not only does he lack integrity, but he also lacks responsibility to himself and the rest of the world.

We are the custodians of this unique world. If we don't take care of her, then we are all doomed.

James Tiberius Bond said...

Those fossil fuel industries certainly try don't they. To use major points of the Milanković Theory, which by the way is accepted in Scientific circles, is very deceptive to the layman. By manipulating the interpretation of this theory, without extention is a weak attempt at that deception.

In the late 1960s and 1970s, investigation of the deep-sea sediments brought widespread acceptance of Milanković's view. But is clearly evident that CO2 levels have steadily increased in our atmosphere.

The Mauna Loa observatory, which is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory, has been measuring carbon dioxide and other gases in the air since 1958. In 1958, Mauna Loa measured CO2 levels at 315 ppm. In the last fifty years, it has steadily increased to 380 ppm. Sharper rates of increase occur in the latter 25-30 years.

In addition to the last 48 years of direct data at Mauna Loa, trends have been found in ice cores in Vostok. According to Barnola et al. (2003)...the extension of the Vostok CO2 record shows the present-day levels of CO2 are unprecedented during the past 420 000 yrs. Pre-industrial Holocene levels (~280 ppmv) are found during all interglacials, with the highest values (~300 ppmv) found approximately 323000 yr BP.

To this end, the fossil fuel industry will do anything to guard the value of their precious commodities. Specifically for the coal industry, Pat Michael's $100,000 payout shows what little integrity he has in supporting such an ludicrous claim. Not only does he lack integrity, but he also lacks responsibility to himself and the rest of the world.

We are the custodians of this unique world. If we don't take care of her, then we are all doomed.

Grokodile said...

There is no doubt that financial interests are causing companies to act as traitors to the entire human race.

It's strange when you look at it. These people don't care about what happens to future generations, they simply want to pad their pockets as much as possible today.

I deplore "spin" of this type, careful not quite lies and micharacterizations for political or financial profit.

The general public needs to get a lot better at spotting this stuff so that they will stop continuing to believe it all the time.

We also need to make ethics some type of mandatory part of the socialization process...

Benjamin Dean said...

There is much debate on the issue of global warming and many people don't even consider all the facts. I have read many articles on the situation from many different scholars, inorder to get more accurate information rather than reading what journalist spin. Here are some good points in favor of the other side both from Scientist and others... titles and links for your reading, note not all are scholarly journals.

Global Warming: A closer look at the numbers
http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/greenhouse_data.html

The Greenhouse Effect
http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/gsfc/service/gallery/fact_sheets/earthsci/green.htm
...section How Greenhouse Effects Are Predicted...


News Release... Scientists say there is no evidence of catastrophic man-made global warming - The Fraser Institute
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/shared/readmore.asp?sNav=nr&id=431

AEI - New Doubts about the Dominant Climate Change Models
http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.16933/pub_detail.asp

Western Standard.ca IPCC Climate Change 2007
http://westernstandard.blogs.com/shotgun/2007/02/ipcc_climate_ch.html

Chemical Innovation - May 2001 - Viewpoint, titled 'Does CO2 really drive global warming'... you'll have to find the magazine aka library and read it off-line.