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Enviro-Mich message from "Alexander J. Sagady" <ajs@sagady.com>
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This from the daily dispatch today from the Center for American Progress...
....note in the last paragraph that the National Association of Manufacturers (headed by John
Engler) will run a "coalition attacking global warming science" financed 
by Koch Industries...a major petroleum refining company.


GLOBAL WARMING 
Taxpayer-Funded Propaganda Against Global Warming

Corporations from a variety of industries are funding a coordinated, multi-faceted propaganda blitz attacking global warming science. Some of the details were revealed in <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=21&url=http://desmogblog.com/system/files?file=IREA-memo.pdf>a memo by the Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA), a small electric cooperative in Colorado that purchases electricity from coal-based power plants, distributed "<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=22&url=http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/print?id=2242565> to the more than 900 fellow members of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association." The memo, written by IREA general manager Stanley Lewandowski, expresses fear that government action on global warming could impact the profitability of coal-based power generation. In response, Lewandowski says it is necessary to ?<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=23&url=http://desmogblog.com/system/files?file=IREA-memo.pdf> support the scientific community that is willing to stand up against the alarmists.? (The term "alarmist" refers to people who believe that global warming is a problem. Such people are also referred to in the memo as those "whose true motivation is to stop growth, develop renewable resources [and] discontinue the use of fossil fuels, especially coal.") One problem: there is no "scientific community" that disputes the basic science on global warming. The memo acknowledges that almost all the doubters have no "involvement in climatology." Their solution is to lavish money on the one climatologist who they are confident will do their bidding: Pat Michaels. The memo reveals that the small Colorado cooperative has <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=24&url=http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N27433280.htm>paid Michaels $100,000 this year and is aggressively seeking more donations for Michaels from other electric cooperatives. The effort to fund Michaels is described in the memo as part of a larger effort to distort global warming science that involves several Fortune 500 corporations, a think tank, misleading advertisements, lobbying, and a propaganda film. 

WHO IS PAT MICHAELS?: Pat Michaels is a climate scientist based at the University of Virgina. John P. Holdren, a Harvard scientist, told the Senate Republican Policy Committee that Michaels has ?published little if anything of distinction in the professional literature, being <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=25&url=http://stephenschneider.stanford.edu/Publications/PDF_Papers/HoldrenRPCClimateComments.pdf>noted rather for his shrill op-ed pieces and indiscriminate denunciations of virtually every finding of mainstream climate science.? In 2003, Michaels famously ?proved? that global warming was mostly hype by <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=26&url=http://timlambert.org/2004/08%23mckitrick6>mixing up degrees and radians. In 2004, Michaels told Business Week, ?<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=27&url=http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/04_33/b3896001_mz001.htm> We know how much the planet is going to warm. It is a small amount, and we can?t do anything about it.? This year, Michaels <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=28&url=http://thinkprogress.org/2006/06/02/nr-completely-wrong/>completely misrepresented a study by University of Missouri Professor Curt Davis to <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=29&url=http://munews.missouri.edu/NewsBureauSingleNews.cfm?newsid=9842>falsely claim that Antarctica has been gaining ice in recent years. Michaels' views about climate change are at odds with the conclusion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a rigorously peer-reviewed report that involved <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=30&url=http://www.ipcc.ch/press/sp-30102002.htm>thousands of scientists from over 100 countries, which concluded, "There is new and stronger evidence that <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=31&url=http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science/global-warming-faq.html>most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities" and that, absent aggressive mitigation efforts, future warming will be significant and dangerous. (For a plan on how to move forward, see the recommendations of <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=32&url=http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=306503>the International Climate Change Task Force.)

SUBSIDIZING PROPAGANDA: Your tax dollars are paying for propaganda attacking global warming science. The Intermountain Rural Electric Association, like all electric cooperatives, <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=33&url=http://www.nreca.org/AboutUs/Co-op101.htm>is federally-subsidized. So when the IREA gives $100,000 to Pat Michaels, some of that comes from federal taxpayers. The group that is being exploited the most is the IREA's 130,000 "members," who finance the cooperative -- and Michaels' $100,000 payday -- with their electricity bills. Lewandowski <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=34&url=http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/print?id=2242565>admitted he did not inform his members, who he supposedly represents, before paying Michaels. Ron Binz, the former Colorado state utility consumer advocate called the payment to Michaels "outrageous. It's an abuse of authority." Binz explained, "Intermountain is a rural electric cooperative. The customers are member-owners. Stan Lewandowski is basically spending other people's money."

THE BROADER CONSPIRACY: In the memo, Lewandowski also described larger efforts to distort global warming science. According to Lewandowski, "Koch Industries is working with other large corporations including AEP and the Southern Company on <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=35&url=http://desmogblog.com/system/files?file=IREA-memo.pdf>possibly financing a film that would counteract An Inconvenient Truth." (An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore's movie on the dangers of global warming, is currently <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=160953695&url_num=36&url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=documentary.htm>the fourth highest grossing documentary of all time.) According to the memo, Koch Industries will also finance a coalition attacking global warming science "administered by the National Association of Manufactures." The memo also stresses the importance of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), an anti-global warming science "think tank" heavily funded by Exxon Mobil and other corporations, in these efforts. Lewandowski notes that Michaels, CEI, and Koch meet regularly to "discuss their activities." 


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