Funding a Global-Warming Skeptic

– It is an amazing and sad fact that the technique first popularized in the 1930’s by the Nazis in Germany still today remains one of the best methods of swaying public opinion – regardless of the facts involved. The method is, of course, the ‘Big Lie Technique’. And it is that if you say something loudly and long enough, most people will tend to believe it as true. Exxon posted huge profits this week. They, and the oil and coal industrys they are part of, have been bank-rolling pseudo-scientists with big bucks for years to sow confusion and doubt in the voting public’s mind about Global Warming and the basic wisdom of basing civilizations on a non-renewable resources like oil. Here’s more of the same:

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Associated Press 18:39 PM Jul, 27, 2006

WASHINGTON — Coal-burning utilities are passing the hat for one of the few remaining scientists skeptical of the global warming harm caused by industries that burn fossil fuels.

Pat Michaels — Virginia’s state climatologist, a University of Virginia professor and senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute — told Western business leaders last year that he was running out of money for his analyses of other scientists’ global warming research. So last week, a Colorado utility organized a collection campaign to help him out, raising at least $150,000 in donations and pledges.

The Intermountain Rural Electric Association, or IREA, of Sedalia, Colorado, gave Michaels $100,000 and started the fund-raising drive, said Stanley Lewandowski, IREA’s general manager. He said one company planned to give $50,000 and a third plans to give Michaels money next year.

“We cannot allow the discussion to be monopolized by the alarmists,” Lewandowski wrote in a July 17 letter to 50 other utilities. He also called on other electric cooperatives to launch a counterattack on “alarmist” scientists and specifically Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth.

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