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This is an important story and I'm surprised that the recent climate change negotiations haven't received much attention on DKos.  The British press has a story on a couple of documents that were passed to Greenpeace by the German energy company, RWE.  In these documents a template is outlined for creating a "European Sound Climate Policy Coalition", a European disinformation campaign similar to the ones conducted in the United States.  As Chris Mooney has pointed out, 'sound science' is a right wing framing technique with an ignominious past.  This is a logical extension to the campaign that we have seen waged in the United States with a science fiction writer testifying to congress about the soundness of climate science and Exxon lobbyist, Phil Cooney, rewriting National Science Foundation reports.  We are witnessing an all-out attack on science and sustainable environmental policies.

From The Independent: How America plotted to stop Kyoto deal:
Put together by a lobbyist who is a senior official at a group partly funded by ExxonMobil, the world's biggest oil company and a fierce opponent of anti-global warming measures, the plan seeks to draw together major international companies, academics, think-tanks, commentators, journalists and lobbyists from across Europe into a powerful grouping to destroy further EU support for the treaty.

It details just how the so-called "European Sound Climate Policy Coalition" would work. Based in Brussels, the plan would have anti-Kyoto position papers, expert spokesmen, detailed advice and networking instantly available to any politician or company who wanted to question the wisdom of proceeding with Kyoto and its demanding cuts in carbon dioxide emissions.

It has been drawn up by Chris Horner, a senior official with the Washington-based Competitive Enterprise Institute and a veteran campaigner against Kyoto and against the evidence of climate change. One of his colleagues ­ who describes himself as an adviser to President George Bush ­ was the subject of a censure motion by the Commons last year after he attacked the Government's chief scientist.

The unnamed colleague is Myron Ebell.  Here is the BBC interview that got him censured by the British parliament (real audio).  In this interview, Ebell mentions the 1998 "hockey stick" study by Mann et al.  He claims that this study was "thoroughly debunked".  In fact, it's the debunkers that have been debunked.

Given the recent news that CO2 levels are at their highest in 650,000 years and that an island village has been forced to relocate due to global warming, it's disturbing that any government would buy into this Exxon Mobil nonsense.  And it's utterly appalling that our government would appoint an Exxon-favorite to represent us in Montreal.

Originally posted to pontechango on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 06:36 PM PST.

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  •  Thanks for the diary--recommended. (none)
    Here's an addendum...the recent reality-based story about the gulfstream current slowing dramatically, and what that could mean across the pond.  Namely, a greater potential for a mini ice age.

    "The powerful ocean current that bathes Britain and northern Europe in warm waters from the tropics has weakened dramatically in recent years, a consequence of global warming that could trigger more severe winters and cooler summers across the region, scientists warn today.
    Researchers on a scientific expedition in the Atlantic Ocean measured the strength of the current between Africa and the east coast of America and found that the circulation has slowed by 30% since a previous expedition 12 years ago."


    The cynic in me thinks that big oil, big money, everywhere has totally accepted that global warming is happening.  They just want to build up so much wealth so that they can sufficiently protect themselves for the coming geophysiological wrath.

    Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train...and waiting...and waiting...and waiting...gurgle...gurg--

    by wvillmike on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 06:53:49 PM PST

    •  Yup. (none)
      A few years ago Scientific American carried an article by a Scandinavian scientist who described how a relatively small infusion of sudden, new cold water - say, a few fjord lakes in Norway breaking through ice dams weakened by warmer temperatures - would sink through convection and very possibly cause the Gulf Stream to stop between Iceland and the UK instead of pushing northward and warming the Arctic.  The UK and all of northern Europe would become dramatically colder, as in covered by glaciers.  

      And now new reports indicate that Greenland's glaciers appear to be sliding eastward - toward this very region - at a much faster pace than previously, as much as 9 miles per year.

      The captains of industry who falsify science to maximize profits probably thought they'd be dead before the shit hit the fan.  But it's hitting now, and will be evident soon, and I can only hope that somehow they can be stripped of their wealth and exposed as the greatest threat to the human race in all of history.  

      Power corrupts. Hey, let's learn it the hard way!

      by Bob Love on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 09:31:27 PM PST

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  •  EXCELLENT (none)
    this is extremely important..thanks for a great diary
  •  First they said global warming ... (4.00)
    ...theory was a joke, and smeared scientists who said otherwise. Then they tried to claim that temperatures were not really rising. Then they said the temperatures might be rising but not by enough to matter. Then they said the rise might be enough to matter but that humans didn't have anything to do with it. Then they said humans might have something to do with it but there was nothing that could be done to change things without destroying the economy. Then - sometime after 2005 - they said: how can we make a profit off this?

    These people are of the same ilk who for a decade said the ozone layer wasn't at risk from CFCs.

  •  OOOhhhhh !!! (none)
    John Bolton is about to tell another Canadian to fuck off:

    An official with close contacts in the U.S. delegation said any hopes of drawing Washington into the process were killed when Martin pointed a finger of blame at the United States in a news briefing at the conference. (...)

    [Canadian Prime Minister Paul] Martin called on all nations to join the global effort to fight climate change, adding: "To the reticent nations, including the United States, I say there is stuch a thing as a global conscience, and now is the time to listen to it."

    From: link.

    Mark Twain -Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.

    by Kingsmeg on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 08:08:48 PM PST

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