from an unlikely source…
Welp I was watching a nature special on PBS the other day which I enjoyed)… When it was over a guy named Tucker Carlson was reading his normal slanted opening dribble of a monologue when I noticed a subject matter that intersested me for more than 2 sec. so I buckled up and watched most of it.
Specifically the bulk of the program was about documents that surfaced which show a letter from Exxon to to the Bush Adminitration. The whole global warming coverup conspiracy…I’m shure most of you have already heard about it.
Long story short I couldn’t find anything on it at PBS (the original broadcaster, which BTW doesn’t suprise me since Exxon is a major contributer to their fundraisers) But I did find this.
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Confidential Papers Show Exxon Hand in White House Move to Oust Top Scientist from International Global Warming Panel
Oil Company Memo Calls for Dr. Watson’s Dismissal; Administration Obliges
WASHINGTON (April 3, 2002) – The Bush administration this week moved to oust a top scientific official targeted by ExxonMobil in a confidential memo to the White House. Bold language in the ExxonMobil papers released today by NRDC (the Natural Resources Defense Council) reflects a brazen, behind-the-scenes effort by the oil company and other energy giants to disrupt the principal international science assessment program on global warming.
Dr. Robert Watson, a highly respected atmospheric scientist, has been chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1996. Operating under United Nations auspices, the 2500-member expert panel provides policymakers around the world with rigorous, consensus-based assessments generally regarded as the most authoritative word on global warming and its causes.
Without formal announcement, the administration has decided to oppose Watson’s appointment to a second term as IPCC chair, seriously damaging his prospects when representatives of more than 100 governments meet in Geneva April 17-20 to elect a new IPCC head.
The memorandum, obtained by NRDC from the White House Council on Environmental Quality under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that ExxonMobil began a secret campaign for Dr. Watson’s removal in the first weeks of the Bush administration, and reveals ExxonMobil’s intention to replace Watson and other key scientists with contrarians known for disagreeing with the prevailing consensus that man-made pollution is causing global warming.
In meetings this week with State Department officials, lobbyists for the coal industry, electric utilities, and automakers joined ExxonMobil’s call to replace Watson.
“It’s bad enough that ExxonMobil controls White House energy and climate policies,” said Daniel Lashof, science director of the NRDC Climate Center. "Now they want to control the science too."
Under Watson’s tenure, the IPCC last year produced its third comprehensive assessment of the state of climate science, concluding that “[t]here is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities,” and predicting that average global temperatures will rise between 3 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century – conclusions reaffirmed last spring at White House request by the National Academy of Sciences.
In a letter yesterday to Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky, NRDC’s Lashof said: "The industry effort to block the reappointment of Dr. Watson is a thinly veiled attempt to undermine the effectiveness of the IPCC as a body that produces high quality, objective scientific assessments. I urge you to reject this campaign and to give Dr. Watson the United States’ strongest possible support."
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has more than 500,000 members nationwide, served from offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Additional Downloadable Materials for the Press
ExxonMobil Memorandum in PDF format, 232k.
NRDC letter to State Department in Microsoft Word format, 22k.
Intersting stuff only confirms my suspicions…
Another of the under-reported stories of the last few years - how anyone could even entertain the idea that a bunch of “oil-men” in the white house could do anything but harm to the environmental movment is beyond me…
I always thought it was a bunch of tree huggers high up on dope creating this worry over global warming. Just seems like an easy way for people to get you to by their “enviromentally safe” products, over the competitors. But now it’s very clear to me with more knowledge about the science behind the projections that is. Freshwater’s effects on oceans currents…facinating stuff, which actually translates into colder temperatures(extreem winters) for my area.
Just thought it was pretty shady of the Bush administration to go along with this plan to discredit the scientist and remove opposition.
It’s amazing how much the oil companies control the media. I mean even public broadcasting which is supposed to be free of advertising is subject to the ever watching eye of “The Oil Industry” AKA “Big brother” tee hee
So it’s no suprise Exxon was able to brush this one under the carpet.
I do wonder from time to time if all the idividual efforts to recycle and conserve really make a difference. The planets populations is growing so rapidly can we really think that using less at this point is going to reverse or even slow down the chain of events that are leading us into a global crisis?
keep shinin’ and GB.