Look at the happy elk and blossoming flowers, thriving in the elevated carbon dioxide levels! Tremble as our jobs are threatened by, um, well, by something!
A new ad campaign promises to alert the unsuspecting American public to a major boondoggle: global climate change caused by human activity. And what’s the latest outrageous lie? That higher levels of CO2 are bad for you and bad for the planet. Fortunately, we have friends at two new organizations, who are revealing that the international scientific community is manipulating us into believing we’ve got to act now against the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The Washington Post reports that long-time oil industry executive H. Leighton Steward has teamed with Corbin J. Robertson Jr., chief executive of and leading shareholder in Natural Resource Partners, a Houston-based owner of coal resources, to get out the message that higher CO2 levels will actually help the Earth’s ecosystems. They have invested $1 million into two new organizations, one to lobby, one to educate the public. How lucky we are that these fearless oil and coal industry executives are leading this charge for truth.
Forgive the sarcasm. If we didn’t laugh, we’d cry. Once again, dirty energy industry veterans, who have made millions working for the industries that are undermining the health of the planet, are using their copious funds to “set the record straight” on global warming, this time with an eye to defeating the cap and trade legislation that is coming before Congress in the Waxman Markey bill.
According to the Guardian, Co2isgreen is running this ad in New Mexico and Montana. It begins: “Congress is considering a law that would classify carbon dioxide as polution. This will cost us jobs.” The ad finishes with a bracing reminder to go to the co2is green website “because we ALL need CO2.”
It goes without saying that these gentlemen have the right to free speech and to spend their money in promoting it. As citizens, it’s our job to question and educate, expose and maybe, lampoon. The cynical manipulation of “facts” in service to a doomed industry would be sad, except that the stakes are high. Our system is controlled by those with deep pockets and friends in high places. It is up to the rest of us to debunk the lies and defend our planet and our future.
Happy elk possibly enjoying the elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Photo: Jan Tyler Photos