Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Warmist Jay Michaelson: "nearly every climate skeptic been funded by the energy industry"

The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy to Lie About Climate Change Has Worked - The Daily Beast
All reputable climatologists agree that human-caused (“anthrogenic”) climate change is real. Our popular confusion is the result not of an honest difference of opinion, but, to quote our Secretary of State, of a vast right-wing conspiracy.
By contrast, 928 peer-reviewed articles were published in scientific journals between 1998 and 2002 adducing evidence proving the existence of human-caused climate change, and zero—zero!—were published contradicting it. If that’s not consensus, I don’t know what is.
Who are these so-called “climate skeptics”? As described in Naomi Oreskes’ “Merchants of Doubt,” they’re not climate scientists; they’re paid political lackeys.
In short, nearly every climate skeptic been funded by the energy industry.
The delicious irony is that CTTs and their henchmen are the ones accusing honest climate scientists of gaming the data for political purposes—as if independent climatologists are part of some dark conspiracy while lackeys paid by Exxon are trustworthy and pure.
Al Gore may have won a Nobel Prize for his efforts, but Americans are in worse shape, on this issue, than we were ten years ago. In 2001, between 67% and 77% of Americans believed (PDF) anthrogenic climate change to be real. Now, according to the Pew poll, only 42% do. That’s the kind of shift that only billions of dollars of propaganda can buy.
Jay Michaelson - The Daily Beast
Jay Michaelson is associate editor of Religion Dispatches and the author, most recently, of God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality (Beacon, 2011).

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