CO2 is NOT green. July 14, 2010Posted by Jamie Friedland in Climate Change, Coal, Media, Politics.
Tags: Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, CO2 is Green, Global Warming, Misinformation, Propaganda
I just stumbled across this news tidbit that warrants a brief post all to itself.
Apparently big industry polluters think a climate bill actually has a decent chance in the Senate. A relatively new and truly despicable “advocacy group” calling itself “CO2 Is Green” has launched the latest salvo in the broader lobbying effort to sabotage responsible energy policy in this country.
Funded by oil and coal money, CO2 Is Green purchased a half-page ad in today’s Washington Post and is running TV ads in swing states. These ads present unconscionably false claims such as “There is no scientific evidence that CO2 is a pollutant.” This “organization” also has an “educational” operation called “Plants Need CO2.” Please forgive the excessive quotes, I had no choice.
This is propaganda in the first degree. Climate-skeptics look down upon climate scientists who refuse to “debate” their industry-funded champions. This is why such debates rarely occur: scientists work with facts. Skeptics work with baseless propaganda. How can you possibly debate someone who is not constrained by factual reality?
*I would like to thank my new friend Roger for making this point for me in the comments section of this post.*
***If anyone reading this does not understand how CO2, while directly necessary to support plant life and indirectly necessary to support human life, is a climate pollutant and that the resulting warming will NOT benefit life on this planet, please, PLEASE, comment so that I can respond or contact me so that I can explain. My email address is email@example.com.***
After checking out their deplorable website, which I refuse to link, I did a google search to learn more about CO2 Is Green (because their “About Us” page is just more propaganda and contains no information about them). That’s how I found the source I linked in the second paragraph.
That source is a 2009 article from the Washington Post. The title was “New Groups Revive the Debate Over Causes of Climate Change”. I am seething. The existence of these groups does absolutely NOTHING to challenge the scientific facts regarding climate change; everyone who reads this title is instantly misinformed about the issue at hand.
Journalism’s new, overzealous pursuit of balance instead of ACCURACY has had deplorable effects on our media. The existence of two opposing opinions does not automatically confer equivalency to those viewpoints. When such lopsided credibility exists, as is the case for climate scientists vs. industry-funded skeptics, to cover the story with artificial 50-50 balance is its own form of bias.