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  •  Took a look at the linked WaPo piece (1+ / 0-)
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    MNDem999

    ..and there in the comments - are a couple of hard-core deniers posting links to pseudo-science bullshit and insisting that their straw-man arguments be taken seriously.

    Is ALEC paying them? Exxon/Mobil? Kochs themselves?

    It's hard to believe that anyone would waste their time for free - spewing nonsense so vehemently - and suspicious that they seem to always go back to the same sources of lies and double-talk and attempts at sowing confusion.

    Maybe one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:20:40 PM PST

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    •  What we call facts - they call "junk science" (4+ / 0-)

      And they spend a lot of money trying to make sure their side gets heard.

      From the leaked documents from the Heartland – last year:

      The Heartland
      2012
      FUNDRAISING PLAN
      B. Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) Heartland sponsors the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), an international network of scientists who write and speak out on climate change. Heartland pays a team of scientists approximately $300,000 a year to work on a series of editions of Climate Change Reconsidered, the most comprehensive and authoritative rebuttal of the United Nations’ IPCC reports. Another $88,000 is earmarked for Heartland staff, incremental expenses, and overhead for editing, expense reimbursement for the authors, and marketing.
      $300,000 a year
      And Heartland is only one of many with this mission - and they have ALEC to stand next to them and get ALEC legislators at the state and federal level to introduce anti-climate legislation or have ALEC legislators (state and federal level) standing in front of the media denying climate change based on Heartland (and others) reports of questionable quality.

      And then they distribute it to all the right wing media outlets to repeat over and over and over again - until people start to believe it.

      It's baffling - but true.

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