Monday, April 27, 2009

The 1995 decision to die

The New York Times has obtained documentary proof that the fossil fuel corporations knew their denials of climate change science were lies back in 21 December 1995.

Go to that document to see the "Contrarian theory" and "Counterarguments" listed side-by-side, concluding with:
The contrarian theories raise interesting questions about our total understanding of climate processes, but they do not offer convincing arguments against the conventional model of greenhouse gas emission-induced climate change. Jastrow's hypothesis about the role of solar variability and Michaels' questions about the temperature record are not convincing arguments against any conclusion that we are currently experiencing warming as a result of greenhouse gas emissions. However, neither solar variability nor anomalies in the temperature record offer a mechanism for off-setting the much larger rise in temperature which might occur if the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases were to double or quaduple.

Lindzen's hypothesis that any warming would create more rain which would cool and dry the upper troposphere did offer a mechanism for balancing the effect of increased greenhouse gases. However, the data supporting this hypothesis is weak, and even Lindzen has stopped presenting it as an alternative to the conventional model of climate change.
That's over a decade ago. 1995 is so long ago that it's even before Myron moved from the Frontiers of Freedom (just one of many wingnut's festivals of hate) to the CEI in 1999, but of course he knew.

In receipt of this information, the fossil fuel industry made the fateful, conscious decision to suppress it and try their luck with denial.

Their strategy relied on the political process being defunct and controlled by money, the availability of people as evil as Myron Ebell to peddle the lies, and the corporate press being irresponsible enough to broadcast them.

This document preceeds by 2 years the 1998 action plan (which Myron worked on) laying out exactly how they would go about their disinformation campaign and attempt to murder the human race.

The 1995 document proves that it is murder in the first degree.

And for what? The result appears to be for nothing more than ten years of obscene corporate profits for people who were already drowning in money.

It's not like these oil guys fought a brutal civil war and left an Ozymandian wasteland in order to win the crown and become undisputed emperor of the world -- you know, achieve something in their pitiful pathetic lives.
"Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

The active, continual, knowing drive towards extinction is so tragic it can't even be captured by a future race in an ancient myth. The bad-guys don't have a motivation commensurate been knowingly doing.

What do you mean? They screwed the world to get enough money to buy a second yacht to fart about in? Come on. There's got to be more.

It's not possible for a story-teller to get this plot straight. Our psychological and sociological failings are so amazing we can't begin to believe them.

The anger about this document was brought up by Al Gore.

Now you know why they spend so much time demonizing him. He calls them what they are -- liars:
"These corporations ought to apologize to the American people for conducting a massive fraud for the last 14 years."

"Man-made global warming pollution causes global warming. That's not a cutesy issue. It's not an open issue. It's the opinion of the global scientific community. And, more importantly, that opinion is the opinion of the scientific studies by the largest corporate carbon polluters 14 years ago who have lied to you, and who have lied to the American people.

Full testimony; (with 330k views already!)

"The new evidence that's come just in the last few months shows that this may well be even worse than has been described."


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