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  •  Blame specific interests, not "conservatives" (2+ / 0-)
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    badger, Anne Hawley

    I think the secret here is that in Europe, plenty of capitalists who hate taxes are convinced that global warming is real.

    Wingnuts here in the United States have no particular inborn reason to think one way or the other about this issue. This isn't, for example, an issue like abortion in which the Bible frames how people see the issue.

    I think the secret here is that the tobacco industry single-handed, cleverly, scarily paid PR/lobbying/grassroots lobbying firms to turn wingnuts against SCHIP, and coal companies or gasoline companies paid the same people to mobilize wingnuts against the effort to control global warming.

    The way to restore honesty to the debate is to get former employees of the right-wing Viguerie/Rovie PR machine to give us videotapes that show us exactly how those folks are manipulating public opinion.

    Note: I'm not even necessarily saying here that I think any specific arguments against global warming are wrong. I think we ought to respect scientists who present arguments or data contradicting the conventional wisdom. The problem is that the current PR manipulation completely ruins the ability of any honest pollution-triggered climate change experts to make their case, because the base assumption is that those experts either are crazy or bought off.

    If the manipulators would stop manipulating, maybe any scientists who are actually on their side for genuine scientific reasons would get a chance to make their case in a reasonable way.

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