And, before anyone makes a false claim of outdated technology, the rig that spilled the oil was was built in 2007.
Depressed? Maybe this classic send-up of Big Oil's attempts to defendspills will cheer you up.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is not denying or otherwise challenging the science behind global climate change. Many of the news articles on our petition the past few days made that claim. They are not correct.That's funny, because I could have sworn I recalled Kovacs saying that the Chamber wanted to do exactly that: challenge the science of global warming in court. (Via the Los Angeles Times)
My “Scopes monkey” analogy was inappropriate and detracted from my ability to effectively convey the Chamber’s position on this important issue.
"It would be evolution versus creationism," said William Kovacs, the chamber's senior vice president for environment, technology and regulatory affairs. "It would be the science of climate change on trial."The Huffington Post's Josh Nelson tracked down the responses of others on the Expert Panel, and may we say there's an open invitation to write on this blog. Thanks to the National Wildlife Federation's Larry Schweiger for this gem:
You need a secret decoder ring to unravel Bill Kovacs' illogical pretzel in his National Journal blog, as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launches the most ambitious effort in years to undermine scientific progress on climate change while simultaneously claiming to be a believer in that same science.Schweiger continues:
Here's the secret to understanding the two different faces of the Chamber on global warming: Mr. Kovacs and the Chamber leadership will do anything to stop legislation and regulations that are aimed to rein in runaway greenhouse gas emissions, and they have resorted to an anti-science agenda that is not supported by most of the Chamber’s own business members.Given Mr. Kovacs's (and his organization's) impressive ability to talk out of both sides of their mouth, may we suggest to our readers that you steer clear of activities like this with the Chamber's duplicitous Vice President.
In our view, the climate change challenge, like other challenges our country has confronted in the past, will create more economic opportunities than risks for the U.S. economy. Indeed, addressing climate change will require innovation and products that drive increased energy efficiency, creating new markets. This innovation will lead directly to increased U.S. competitiveness, as well as reduced reliance on energy from foreign sources. Our country will thus benefit through increased energy security and an improved balance of trade. We believe that a national mandatory policy on climate change will provide the basis for the United States to assert world leadership in environmental and energy technology innovation, a national characteristic for which the United States has no rival. Such leadership will assure U.S. competitiveness in this century and beyond.Yet the hefty membership dues that the companies pay to belong to API and NAM are also funding ads claiming the following:
Congress' cap-and-trade program is a tax that will cost up to 2.4 million U.S. jobs and force more businesses to close their doors. More taxes? What is Congress thinking?Of course, that job loss number is bogus, coming from a study NAM itself conducted in association with the right-wing front group American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF). You may recall that the ACCF is conducting its own smear tour, complete with Exxon-funded Bush cronies. Maybe that's why their numbers contradict everything the real economists over at the Political Economy Research Institute have said, including that a clean energy bill would help create 1.7 million new jobs while weaning us off of foreign oil that just keeps getting pricier.