Wednesday, July 14, 2010

CO2 Is Green Infiltrates Print Media

Last week, we wrote about CO2IsGreen's new ad campaign promoting the idea that carbon dioxide is not an environmental pollutant. Today, the group with close ties to Big Oil launched the print arm of their campaign with this half-page ad from today's The Washington Post.

The ad makes a slew of charges in its quest to quell the Senate's efforts at passing climate and energy legislation. (My favorite: "The bill is based on the false premise that man-made CO2 is a major cause of climate change. Real, empirical evidence indicates it is not.") Others include that the American Power Act, proposed by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) will drive up costs of food, transportation and electricity, and that its backers are buying Wall Street support for the legislation with corporate giveaways.

David Di Martino, spokesman for Clean Energy Works, a coalition of about 60 groups that want climate legislation, sums up the asininity of these ads quite nicely in an interview with the New York Times:

"The ad reads like the 'climate deniers' manifesto. This Big Oil front group wants people to think Congress is going to raise taxes, kill jobs, spill more oil, take our children and charge us for the pleasure. ...

"[The ad is] funded by the world's largest polluters and those who stand to profit from our continued dependence on fossil fuels for our energy. [see here]

"Considering the source, the message of the ad, and the intent to keep America addicted to oil, this cynical front group should change its name to 'Greed is Good.'" He added that the Kerry-Liberman "is projected by independent studies to create new American jobs and it will reduce our deficit by $20 billion," according to figures from CBO.
Couldn't have said it better ourselves, David.

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