Sunday, December 28, 2008

Climate Change - fact checking

Recently we had a debate regarding climate change and it's existence.

There is a foundation called "The Heartland Institute" that has published an article claiming that scientists have proven that there is no climate change problem. It is a 233 page report of quotes from 650 scientists saying that global warming is a farce. After some fact checking from various internet sources I came across a website called "DeSmog Blog" (thanks to David Suzuki for the link). This page is a blog site that seeks the credibility of climate change reports. I am not so shocked to learn that most articles that seek to discredit climate change are being secretly funded by big oil (Exxon), tobacco, etc... Most of the Heartland Institute receives it's funding from Exxon and other big oil companies (though it tries to present as otherwise). Naturally big oil does not want people to think that buring oil and fuel can contribute to global warming.

Here is what I learned about the Heartland Institute...

The Heartland Institute touts a long list of global warming "experts"

Feeling bored?

Here’s a fun activity for the afternoon. Have a look at this list of 129 supposed “experts” on climate change on the website of the notorious Heartland Institute.

Now go to our global warming denier research database the Greenpeace's ExxonSecrets and see how many of the names affiliations follow all the way back to the fossil fuel industry.

It doesn't work for everyone, but it seems about half of the names on the list are entwined in some way with the giant network of groups like the Heartland Institute that receive funding from ExxonMobil and their ilk to downplay the dangers of climate change.

Now why would the oil industry do that?

Start the video at 40seconds...(unless you want to learn about squirrel meat)

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