A few excerpts from Christopher Horner's book RED HOT LIES
Greenpeace is Stealing My Trash
It was spring. Young men's hearts turned to fancy. And Greenpeace started stealing my trash. I noticed that my garbage was getting collected much more efficiently than normal - and late the night before it was scheduled to go. I also noticed that soon, the media revealed a secret cabal I orchestrated from my basement. I had arrived. If they would spend so much energy to, well, trash me, I must be important, right? But I soon learned from others that this is standard operating procedure for the global warming industry. They have tried to ruin careers, blacklisted scientists, knowingly spread lies about dissenters, called for the imprisonment of skeptics, and used government pressure to cut off rivals' funding. Isn’t it relevant to the debate about global warming that the alarmist side engages in this systematic campaign?
Environmental Catastrophes Sell Papers
All of our national newspapers are deeply vested players in the global warming industry. The Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today all regularly weigh in with editorials, in-house columnists, “news” items and human interest stories declaring certain catastrophes, and irresponsibility of those whose politics they do not like. When the series of scandals exposing the flimsy nature of the alarmist's case emerged in 2007, the national papers proved completely unwilling to directly report on the facts. Substantiated claims that are inconsistent with the prevailing media template of warming-bad-U.S.-worse are typically revealed only well after the fact, for purposes of giving the alarmists a platform to diminish its significance.
A Healthy Environment Won’t Earn Anyone Funding
Rarely, if ever, has the scientific establishment seen a gravy train the likes of global warming. The money flowing into studying the issue is jaw-dropping: federal taxpayer expenditures on climate-related research for the entire panoply of related inquiry is now pushing up against $6 billion per year, more than taxpayers send to the National Cancer Institute and even more than our government spends on AIDS. Now ask yourself this: would this money keep flowing from governments and international institutions if scientists concluded tomorrow that Man's influence on climate is likely within natural variability or “background noise”? Or that anthropogenic [human induced] effects on climate change are real but not catastrophic or substantially different than we have faced and will always continue to face? As long as Man-made greenhouse gases really matter, the people who study greenhouse gases and technologies that would benefit from the government action will be flooded with taxpayer money. Understanding this dynamic is key to understanding why science has been corrupted. And it has been corrupted by the global warming scare.
(Christopher C. Horner is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism. He is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, an acknowledged expert on global warming legislation and regulation, and has testified before Senate committees and given numerous addresses in the European Parliament).
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