I’ve often heard people state that climate change was invented by governments and corporations as a means of controlling and profiting from the populace – these are the climate change conspiracy theorists. While I think there is a very real danger, as I’ve expressed more than once, that if we don’t transform the way we live and how society functions in rapid fashion (i.e. finding alternatives to a consumption-based society and learning to work with, and benefit from, biological synergies) then things could deteriorate to the point where arbitrary control and draconian measures will become likely, at the same time the climate change conspiracy theorists have never explained why – if governments and industry are manufacturing evidence for climate change – these very groups have been spending millions funding people that spread climate denial misinformation. The Bush administration did its best to ignore and make light of the climate change issue, and its bosom buddy ExxonMobil, in particular, has been the lead player in providing the finance (watch ‘The Denial Machine’ video at bottom for more detailed info on this).
Last year Exxon-Mobil promised to cut funding to such groups, but The Guardian now reports that they have continued to fund climate skeptic misinformation right through 2008:
The world’s largest oil company is continuing to fund lobby groups that question the reality of global warming, despite a public pledge to cut support for such climate change denial, a new analysis shows.
Company records show that ExxonMobil handed over hundreds of thousands of pounds to such lobby groups in 2008. These include the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) in Dallas, Texas, which received $75,000 (£45,500), and the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC, which received $50,000.
According to Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, at the London School of Economics, both the NCPA and the Heritage Foundation have published "misleading and inaccurate information about climate change."[…]
Ward said: "ExxonMobil has been briefing journalists for three years that they were going to stop funding these groups. The reality is that they are still doing it. If the world’s largest oil company wants to fund climate change denial then it should be upfront about it, and not tell people it has stopped."- Guardian
First ExxonMobil was denying climate science – now it seems they’re denying their own denial. Exxon – take note:
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. – Aldous Huxley
As the video below clearly shows – this method of social engineering is exactly the same as that used by the tobacco industry. Indeed, some of the key players involved are the same. I have no idea how these people sleep at night.
This Canadian TV documentary airs the dirty laundry behind the U.S.
and Canada’s persistent denial of global warming.
The title says it all: The Denial Machine
Duration: 40 mins