February 3, 2007

Remember that 46 other countries in the world have clued in about climate change and are now taking measures to try to stem back the potential damage. Do American corporations take responsibility for their part in global warming? No, their answer to the greatest threat to mankind (and their ultimate bottom line, come to that) is to offer a bribe to scientists to buck the overwhelming avalanche of evidence and deny man's involvement in global warming.

The Guardian: (h/t NonnyMouse)

Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.

Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Travel expenses and additional payments were also offered.

The UN report was written by international experts and is widely regarded as the most comprehensive review yet of climate change science. It will underpin international negotiations on new emissions targets to succeed the Kyoto agreement, the first phase of which expires in 2012. World governments were given a draft last year and invited to comment.

The AEI has received more than $1.6m from ExxonMobil and more than 20 of its staff have worked as consultants to the Bush administration. Lee Raymond, a former head of ExxonMobil, is the vice-chairman of AEI's board of trustees.

I truly think we need to pushback against this, loudly. I do not fear Bush's fabled "Islamofascist terrorists" coming to get me, but I'm scared to death to think what is being done in the name of arrogance, hubris and short term profits. These are our true terrorists, the ones who will absolutely change our lives and our world and not for the better. They should be exposed as the evil incarnate that they are.

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