An Inconvenient Truth #2: Guess Who's In Denial?

Saturday, January 06, 2007 at 09:46 AM

Why, those money-hungry crazies at Exxon-Mobil, that's who! Gee, did we really believe that anyone with a scientific mind......?

Seems Exxon's handing out boocoo bux to anyone to get "their" side of the story out and going:

WASHINGTON --ExxonMobil Corp. gave $16 million to 43 ideological groups between 1998 and 2005 in an effort to mislead the public by discrediting the science behind global warming, the Union of Concerned Scientists asserted Wednesday.

The report by the advocacy group mirrors similar claims by Britain's leading scientific academy. Last September, The Royal Society wrote the oil company asking it to halt support for groups that "misrepresented the science of climate change."

Misrepresent? More like outright lie to this redneck!

ExxonMobil called the scientists' report Wednesday "yet another attempt to smear our name and confuse the discussion of the serious issue of CO2 emissions and global climate change."

Well, then, howzabout joining the many insurance companies and then just admit it's real, Big E?

Alden Meyer, the Union of Concerned Scientists' strategy and policy director, said in a teleconference that ExxonMobil based its tactics on those of tobacco companies, spreading uncertainty by misrepresenting peer-reviewed scientific studies or emphasizing only selected facts.

Dr. James McCarthy, a professor at Harvard University, said the company has sought to "create the illusion of a vigorous debate" about global warming.

Same thing Al said in the movie, they're using the same tactics to bamboozle the public. Well, if worked before....

"We find some of them persuasive and enlightening, and some not," ExxonMobil spokesman Dave Gardner said. "But there is value in the debate they prompt if it can lead to better informed and more optimal public policy decisions."

Sounds like an RJR Nabisco release, eh?

He said the company believes that despite many scientific uncertainties, the risk that greenhouse gas emissions may have serious environmental effects justifies taking action to limit them.

Okay, so, here's what has to happen: We adorn gas pumps as follows:

The product you are about to dispense has been known to sponsor terrorist activites, create breathing problems for any oxygen-using form of life, and turning this planet into Venus #2, not to mention that the continued importation continues to screw the balance of trade deficits into the crapper. Please use SOMETHING ELSE.

Yeah, that'd work, right?