Al Gore’s climate crisis film, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, opens in the Bay Ares this week. Maybe we’ll see you at the afterparty.
Meanwhile, truth is apparently inconvenient for the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Remember their ‘carbon is life’ ad campaign that I wrote about a few days ago? Well, FactCheck.org tells us that
The ads drew a protest from a University of Missouri professor who says they are ‘a deliberate effort to confuse and mislead the public about the global warming debate.’ He said one of them misuses a study he published in Science magazine last year on the Antarctic ice sheet. An editor of Science also said the ads misrepresent the findings of that study as well as a second study on Greenland’s glaciers.
Lots of detail here, folks about gross and subtle media manipulation, and distortion of science.
That said, I must say that I don’t share the upset of folks about CEI’s corporate funders. Lots of companies fund lots of think tanks that fund lots of things. What I find striking here is this:
Just over 9 per cent [of CEI’s funding] came from donations from ExxonMobil… which said two-thirds of their donation was earmarked for ‘Global Climate Change and Global Climate Change Outreach.’
Like Ben Bradleee said…