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Denial Literature and Corporate Attitudes

There have also been a number of books which suggest that the scientific consensus, including the IPCC reports, on climate change are mistaken and that changes in global temperatures are due to other factors, for example changes in solar energy received on Earth.  In June 2008 the best-selling book on climate change on Amazon.com, the American-based Website of Amazon, was Roy Spencer’s “Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies that Hurt the Poor”.

The book “Unstoppable Global Warming, Every 1,500 Years”, by S. Fred Singer and Dennis T Avery puts the main arguments for climate change denial.[1]  Singer and Avery argue that we are actually entering an ice age, they say that, “the advocates of man-made warming have attempted to bolster a scientifically weak case with a number of essentially baseless scary scenarios.”[2]  They add that, “The climate event that deserves real concern is the next Big Ice Age.  That is inevitably approaching, though it may still be thousands of years ago.”[3]  They also say that climate cycles are “real”, not “an unproven theory like the model-based predictions for the Greenhouse Theory.”[4]  While there are undoubtedly climate cycles the IPCC reports have examined the available historic data before reaching their conclusions, notably in Chapter 6, Palaeoclimate, of Working Group 1’s contribution to the 4th Assessment Report.  Singer and Avery also argue that global warming is beneficial and will “slightly reduce human death

rates”,[5] and they even question whether global warming is taking place, that, “we may be dealing with localized surface heating driven primarily by urban heat islands and land use changes.”[6]  They also suggest that the news coverage of climate change is partly driven by the fact that it appeals to journalists “sense of superiority, and gives them an unending source of news for front pages and TV sound bites.”[7]

From 1989 S Fred Singer has been Director and President, of The Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP).[8]  The Website Exxonsecrets.org claimed that the SEPP received multiple grants from ExxonMobil[9] It is also claimed that some of the people working for SEPP, including its Chairman, Frederick Seitz, are associated with the George C. Marshall Institute (GMI).[10]

Frederick Seitz was the promoter of a letter entitled, “Research Review of Global Warming Evidence”, also known as “the Oregon Petition”, which included such reassuring statements as, “Our children will enjoy an Earth with far more plant and animal life that with which we now are blessed.  This is a wonderful and unexpected gift from the Industrial Revolution”; it’s rather difficult to reconcile this with reports of species extinctions.  The Petition urged the American government to reject the Kyoto Agreement.  The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) said of the Oregon Petition that, “The petition does not reflect the conclusions of expert reports of the Academy.”[11]  The George C. Marshall Institute investigates facts concerning global climate change, including the implications of the Kyoto Protocol upon national security. GMI is partly supported by the Exxon Education Foundation and American Standard Companies.[12]

Singer was a pioneer in the development of rocket and satellite technology, and had a distinguished career in that field, and devised an instrument for measuring stratospheric ozone.  However, the ideas he is promoting fly in the face of the scientific consensus identified by Naomi Oreskes, the work of the IPCC, which is an international collaboration by climate scientists from around the world, and the views of The Royal Society.

Singer can always take heart from the support of men like General Motors Corporation Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, who in 2008 told reporters in Texas that climate change was a “total crock of shit.”[13]  There are one or two other executives in the oil, automotive and airline industry who have been caught out with live mikes and attentive reporters; it’s always good to know what they really think and not what goes out in the press releases, and in the recent batch of clever television commercials produced by oil companies like Exxon and BP which give the impression that they are doing everything that’s necessary to deal with global warming.  Buyer beware.

Finally if you wish to be entertained by a man who says that he likes a practical joke; and describes how he once discussed a NASA Mars mission with a U.S. Senator, and told the man that, “you would never know that we put that whole thing together on a Hollywood sound stage.”[14]  I mean Roy Spencer, whose book “Climate Confusion, How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians, and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor” has a title that gives a good hint as to its contents, and it has been selling well on Amazon.com.  But after accusing just about everyone else, including Nature and Science, of misleading the public and making a career out of climate change Roy actually comes up with some practical suggestions at the end of the book, and says “We are now approaching a decision point.  Do we want to solve the global warming problem, or just pretend we are doing something about it?  Do we want humanity to thrive, or to wither?”  Don’t take this book too seriously, I don’t think that the author ever intended that you should, and bear in mind his statement, “new technologies are the only hope for the carbon-free sources we seek.”[15]

(c) Andrew Palmer, 2016 Please do not reproduce without permission.

[1] S. Fred Singer and Dennis T Avery – “Unstoppable Global Warming, Every 1,500 Years”, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Lanham, Maryland, 2007

[2] S. Fred Singer and Dennis T Avery – “Unstoppable Global Warming, Every 1,500 Years”, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Lanham, Maryland, 2007, page 13

[3] S. Fred Singer and Dennis T Avery – “Unstoppable Global Warming, Every 1,500 Years”, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Lanham, Maryland, 2007, page 17

[4] S. Fred Singer and Dennis T Avery – “Unstoppable Global Warming, Every 1,500 Years”, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Lanham, Maryland, 2007, page 31

[5] S. Fred Singer and Dennis T Avery – “Unstoppable Global Warming, Every 1,500 Years”, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Lanham, Maryland, 2007, page 202

[6] S. Fred Singer and Dennis T Avery – “Unstoppable Global Warming, Every 1,500 Years”, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Lanham, Maryland, 2007, page 229

[7] S. Fred Singer and Dennis T Avery – “Unstoppable Global Warming, Every 1,500 Years”, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Lanham, Maryland, 2007, page 229

[8] http://www.sepp.org/about%20sepp/bios/singer/cvsfs.html

[9] http://www.exxonsecrets.org/html/personfactsheet.php?id=1

[10] http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=George_C._Marshall_Institute

[11] George Monbiot – “The Denial Industry”, The Guardian, London, 19 September, 2006

[12] http://www.mediatransparency.org/recipientgrants.php?137

[13] “GM Exec Stands by Calling Global Warming ‘Crock’, Planetark.org, Feb. 25, 2008, http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/47140/story.htm

[14] Roy Spencer – “Climate Confusion, How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians, and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor”, Encounter Books, New York and London, 2008, page 134

[15] Roy Spencer – “Climate Confusion, How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians, and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor”, Encounter Books, New York and London, 2008, page 181

2 Comments on Denial Literature and Corporate Attitudes

  1. I think that both theories are correct, global warming followed by ice age. There is a real global warming, real melting of ice and a real sea level rise. The melting of ice in the northern hemisphere is causing a gradual annual retreat in the warm ocean currents in the Atlantic ocean which are forming a belt moving from the warm equator to the north. It is expected that this belt will be broken within 50 years of the current global warming, and if happen then a new Ice Age will come soon and snow will cover the northern hemisphere.

    • There is nothing in the scientific literature that supports such an idea. Unfortunately as CO2 levels rise, global temperatures will also rise because of the greenhouse effect, there is no ice age in prospect.

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