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May 11 2012

surveyork
21:20
The Australian National University has released a series of abusive and threatening emails which were sent to its climate change scientists.
FOI emails reveal threats to climate scientists - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

May 05 2012

surveyork
09:18
Large sections of the American right are now close to insane as well as depraved.
surveyork
09:15

This just in from the Heartland Institute: If you accept the conclusions of the overwhelming majority of climate experts and agree that the earth is warming, you are a mass murderer.

So, obviously, everyone should eat meat, because Hitler was a vegetarian. Nobody should go to church, because Timothy McVeigh was Catholic.

May 04 2012

surveyork
21:02

The press release is a non-stop firehose of misinformation and spin, but among the venom-dripping things they say, one bit of crazy stands out:

The people who still believe in man-made global warming are mostly on the radical fringe of society. This is why the most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen.

surveyork
20:51
It has finally happened: The Heartland Institute, an anti-science front group that used to focus on downplaying the dangers of smoking on behalf of Phillip Morris but now spends much of its time denying the scientific consensus on climate change, has decided to stop even trying to be credible in order to attract publicity.
surveyork
20:41
The people who still believe in man-made global warming are mostly on the radical fringe of society. This is why the most prominent advocates of global warming aren't scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen.
surveyork
20:22
I’m joining the Forecast the Facts campaign to hold meteorologists accountable on climate change. It starts by calling on the American Meteorological Society to issue a strong statement on climate change.
See the petition

I urge the AMS Council to immediately pass a new information statement that reflects the widespread scientific consensus that climate change is increasingly impacting our planet, and then vigorously promote that statement to AMS members.

July 01 2011

surveyork
00:21
WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) - Willie Soon, a U.S. climate change skeptic who has also discounted the health risks of mercury emissions from coal, has received more than $1 million in funding in recent years from large energy companies and an oil industry group, according to Greenpeace.
US climate skeptic Soon funded by oil, coal firms | Energy & Oil | Reuters
surveyork
00:19
Washington - Willie Soon, a US climate change skeptic who has also discounted the health risks of mercury emissions from coal, has received more than $1 million in funding in recent years from large energy companies and an oil industry group, according to Greenpeace.
Climate skeptic funded by coal firms? - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za
surveyork
00:18

Key findings:

  • $1 Million in corporate funding: The FOIA response from the Smithsonian reveals that more than half (over $1 million) of Willie Soon’s total funding since 2001 has come from the oil and electric utility industry (coal). Since 2002, every new grant he has received has been from either oil or coal interests.
  • Polar bear junk science funding revealed: While Dr. Soon revealed in a 2007 non-peer reviewed Ecological Complexity article on polar bears and Arctic ice that his research was funded by ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, neither the corporate funders or Dr. Soon have ever acknowledged the extent, dollar figures or timing of those grants.
  • More Koch Funding: The FOIA response from Smithsonian uncovered an additional grant in 2010 from the Charles G. Koch Foundation of $65,000.
  • Southern Company dirty coal funding: The Smithsonian documents also revealed two previously unknown grants totaling $230,000 from the Southern Company, one of the largest coal burning electric utilities in the United States and in world.
  • Additional corporate funders: Other papers written by Dr. Soon and reviewed by Greenpeace researchers show that the American Petroleum Institute has been funding Dr. Soon since the mid-1990s, a period when he also acknowledged funding from Mobil, Texaco and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) a research and lobby shop funded by the electric utilities.
  • Attack on IPCC report: Correspondence uncovered in our investigation reveals Dr. Soon coordinating a plan in 2003 to undermine the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Assessment Report (AR4) Working Group 1 report–years before the report was released in 2007.
CASE STUDY: Dr. Willie Soon, a Career Fueled by Big Oil and Coal | Greenpeace USA

June 30 2011

surveyork
23:57
One of the world's most prominent scientific figures to be sceptical about climate change has admitted to being paid more than $1m in the past decade by major US oil and coal companies.
Climate sceptic Willie Soon received $1m from oil companies, papers show | Environment | guardian.co.uk
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