Thursday, September 24, 2009

CO2 Is Green, RS Concusses Itself Slapping Its Head

We've certainly seen our fair share of outrageous claims by legislators, misguided industry groups and oil companies in our time covering the lies and misinformation being spread on the science behind climate change as well as the solutions being offered. So let's just say our tolerance for a particular figurative substance has been heightened as a result.

But, today, even we were floored by an ad placed by the latest in a line of increasingly sad industry front groups.

That's right, friends: the organization in question is defending the emissions of carbon dioxide as downright environmentally friendly!

According to the shills at CO2 Is Green:
CO2 is not a pollutant. CO2 makes Earth green because it supports all plant life. It is Earth's greatest airborne fertilizer. Even man-made CO2 contributes to plant growth that in turn sustains humanity and ecosystems...What we see happening in Washington right now is the replacement of politics for science in conversations about CO2.
To channel one of our favorite fake rockers, "ex-squeeze me? Baking powder?" Between a scientifically proven consensus of scientists that warming is real and a few of these suckers, there seems to be a giant gap between the positions of CO2 Is Green and, well, reality. (Not to mention the fact that no political party is capable of pulling off a conspiracy THAT large in scope.)

So please stop me if you've heard this one before (via New West):
The ad doesn’t mention it, but CO2 is Green is a Texas-based nonprofit group founded by H. Leighton Steward, a retired oil and gas executive who, according to Forbes magazine, is an honorary director of the American Petroleum Institute. (The API, one of the nation’s most powerful lobbying groups, launched a campaign to debunk global warming in 1998, and since then has mounted continuous efforts to promote fuel use and fight climate change legislation).

Steward is also the former vice chairman of oil company Burlington Resources Inc., and a former chairman of the U.S. Oil and Gas Association and the Natural Gas Supply Association...


Who’s backing this mission? More than half the contributions to Steward’s group are from the coal industry, Steward told a recent Rotary Club meeting in Wyoming, covered by reporter Kristen Inbody of the Cody Enterprise.
Bonus points to readers who shouted API before we revealed it!

We'll also accept Exxon, Big Oil, or Big Coal.

Fret not, though: while our posts here become more and more predictable (and easier to write, to boot!), the arguments of the exact same polluting interests trying to block clean energy and climate legislation are (clearly) getting more ridiculous. And with progress towards international and national policy building momentum, it's only a matter of time until those interests can use their creative energy for other pursuits.

Perhaps they could expend it on behaving like good corporate citizens that start paying for their own messes that contaminate the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the earth we all rely upon.

1 comment:

Sierra said...

I am floored by this attempt at misinformation!