A Reality Check for Economist Who Claims Carbon Pollution Benefits Society
An economist recently told the New York Times that carbon pollution actually benefits society. However, even conservative estimates indicate that carbon pollution costs society about $40 per ton. That’s a cost, not a benefit.
“Google should Google ALEC’s agenda. Funding right-wing extremists at ALEC is a guaranteed way for Google to undermine its own admirable clean energy goals,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. “It’s like building a new house only to set it on fire after defunding the fire department.”
Dealing in Doubt presents a brief history of climate denial and attacks on climate science over the past two decades, focusing specifically on denier campaigns against the IPCC, including current efforts by the Heartland Institute, the funding of those campaigns and the wide range of tactics and tricks used by a small handful of deniers to undermine legitimate science.
“The lasting legacy of these corporations, front groups, organizations and individuals who have threatened scientists and attacked scientific institutions like the IPCC, is a delay in reaction time and solutions to the climate crisis,” Davies concluded. “This means global warming will hit harder and cost more to fix.”
Unreliable Sources: First in a series about media, misinformation and following the money…
Part I: How the Media Help the Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil Spread Climate Doubt
"When it comes to climate, the Oil Eight share the same goals as their corporate underwriters: sow doubt about the reality or seriousness of global warming, stifle government efforts to curb carbon emissions and hinder the growth of renewable energy technologies."
Here’s how Reality Drop works. We start with an online library of more than a hundred of the most common climate change myths deniers try to propagate—the same myths you might read in news stories, online comment threads, hear on talk radio, or even run across in your community or workplace. For each one, Reality Drop offers a simple, succinct rebuttal, grounded in the most up-to-date climate science—without an attitude. It’s just the facts, but easy to understand and share, no matter who you’re talking to.
Well the old adage is when you are in a hole, stop digging. Someone though hasn’t told Joe Bast, the head of the Heartland Institute.
Written on the eve of its latest denier-fest in Chicago, Bast’s outrageous blog shows he is still not only in denial about climate change, but he is still trying to denigrate his critics. He is also still trying to twist the truth.