The reason our paper is particularly important is because research has shown there’s a strong correlation between public awareness of the consensus and support for climate mitigation. However, the public is very misinformed on the issue, with the average American believing that scientists are split 50/50 on the cause of global warming. So it’s critical that we close this consensus gap."
Because big money is sponsoring denial just like for decades big money sponsoring cigarette smoking as safe. The big money sponsorship comes from, quite logically, those who have the most to lose if everyone truly got behind doing something about climate change! Who would that be? Well, all the big oil companies are actually tied to big banks… but all of that is subject for another post.
Donors Trust Funds Climate Denial Groups
According to IRS tax returns, between 2002 and 2010, Donors Trust provided over $90 million in funding ($90,989,710 to be exact) to 84 groups that deny the scientific realities of climate change. Between 2004 and 2010, the partner group Donors Capital Fund, provided more than $28 million in funding ($28,490,862) to 75 groups that deny the scientific realities of climate change."
That’s alot of money to convince deniers to keep denying. It seems to be working.
Why are there no billionaires organizing on par against the Koch Bros for Mother Earth? Why why why?????
Some of this I knew, some I didn’t. Very interesting.
Evincing impatience with the peaceful opposition, private security forces opened fire on protesters last Saturday, injuring six people and triggering an escalation in hostilities. Preliminary reports indicated that the mine’s executive, Alberto Rotondo, ordered security forces to attack the demonstrators, and later to cover up the crime.In response, local groups kidnapped and disarmed 23 security forces. In a tremendous show of force, the government responded by sending over 8,000 government troops to the area. The ensuing operation to free the hostages left one protester and one police officer dead. Subsequent raids by the authorities led to the arrest of at least 15 people. Under the State of Siege, civil liberties are suspended - the rights of peaceful assembly and to bear arms are suspended, homes can be searched without cause, and the state can engage in the indefinite detention of citizens without judicial review and access to counsel. Human rights advocates fear that suspending constitutional rights will unleash further repression and shield the government from accountability for its tactics.
All because the people who live there already don’t want a Canadian corporation mining there, as is their right! ”Under international legal standards, development projects must be implemented with the consultation and consent of the affected indigenous groups and local opposition to the mine has been overwhelming.”
Please read this article - it’s one of the connect the dots kind of pieces.
In July 2012, three Republican senators and one Democratic senator wrote a letter to Lisa Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) top administrator at the time, requesting that the agency reject a proposal to strengthen safety measures at facilities that hold dangerous chemicals.
Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana), Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) asked the EPA to reject a 2012 request from a federal advisory committee to revisit the proposal and “reduce or eliminate … catastrophic risks” at facilities that hold large quantities of dangerous chemicals, especially those near residential areas. The proposal first appeared at the EPA in 2002 in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks."
Senator Vitter, a vocal critic of the EPA and key signatory on the 2012 letter opposing the proposal, received nearly $600,000 in direct campaign contributions from the petrochemical and gas industries from 2007 to 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
During the past 15 years, Vitter and Senator Landrieu’s home state of Louisiana had the nation’s highest rate of accidents at chemical facilities that hold large amounts of anhydrous ammonia, a poisonous gas, according to data compiled by the Center for Effective Government.
Hmmm, Thanks TruthOut! I hadn’t seen this anywhere else, did any of you?