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Global warming hoax claim propaganda

Published 10:56am Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I find the frequent letters from Joseph P. Smith of the Pyro-Chem Corporation somewhat disturbing.

Last week’s letter, printed under the heading “Global Warming Is a Hoax,” is a good example. Mr. Smith, an energy company executive, discusses a letter that was the product of an effort by oil company executives to silence NASA on the subject of climate change.

Like each of these letters that regularly appear on your opinion page, this latest one was full of questionable statements and shamelessly empty rhetoric. For example, who are the “hundreds of well-known climate scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists” who claim to doubt the relationship between CO2 and climate change?

The list of 49 NASA retirees who signed the letter demanding that NASA refrain from voicing its opinion on the devastating impact of man-made carbon dioxide doesn’t include a single person with expertise in the field of climate science. I can’t help wondering if these signees also consider the disappearance of Arctic ice a hoax, along with thawing permafrost, melting glaciers and acidic oceans.

Scientists don’t try to silence those who disagree with them. Normally, they would join the debate, but there isn’t much of a debate left to join.

The coal industry has the most to lose in what’s left of it, and the scarcity of experts willing to advocate for them is a growing problem, but it isn’t insurmountable. The tobacco industry was able to find experts willing to state that their products were harmless, too.

It’s especially disheartening, however, to open one’s hometown newspaper and find yet another example of corporate propagandizing.

 

Abby Fowler

Ironton

  • keta

    The dimwits are the ones that gave Obama a vote
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    I may have mentioned this before, but hatred and insults aren’t substitutes for knowledge and reason. They just add to the unpleasant noise that makes it impossible for republicans to win a national election. You and your extremist heroes are figuratively punching yourselves in the head 24/7.

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  • mikehaney

    The dimwits are the ones that gave Obama a vote.
    Side note. Saw some of Obama’s admirers thumbing on side of the rode. Two boys and a girl with a sign that read:hippies traveling, need a lift. No I didn’t stop and pick them up.
    You can probably still catch them keta. They were headed north on 52.
    Do your part keta, trade your garments in for animal skins and go live in a cave.

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  • keta

    He lies to keep the jobs down
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    mikehaney, that’s the kind of dimwitted comment that often makes this page too juvenile to read. The president wants to discourage employment, plus he’s a big old liar, nyah nyah nyah. Grow up. Here’s an actual fact: high oil prices and low natural gas prices are driving the drilling being done today. Less than 10% of shale oil in the US is on federal lands. Requests to drill there have dropped to a record low. As you mentioned earlier and apparently forgot, the action is in places like North Dakota, where they’re sucking oil out of the ground 24/7, without a federal acre in sight. It’s boring when you keep dragging the conversation down to your Glenn Becky level, Obama’s a liar, Obama wants to destroy America, blabbity blabbity blab. Try to focus. Burning fossil fuels is harmful to our planet and every living thing on it.

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  • mikehaney

    Our president is such a liar.
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    Obama told a crowd in Cushing, Okla., that his administration was pro-drilling, saying his administration had opened up “million” of acres of federal land to increased oil production.

    “Over the last three years, I’ve directed my administration to open up millions of acres for gas and oil exploration across 23 different states,” he said.

    However, according to CRS, domestic production on federal lands has declined under Obama, down by 275,000 barrels per day since its 2010 peak.

    Obama also claimed that his administration was opening up increased areas off-shore, saying that “we are drilling all over the place” and that America was producing more oil than it could handle.

    “We’re opening up more than 75 percent of our potential oil resources offshore,” Obama said. “So we are drilling all over the place–right now. That’s not the challenge. That’s not the problem.”

    While total domestic oil production is up by 230,000 barrels per day since Obama took office in 2009, none of that increase has come from federal lands, CRS reports. In fact, production is down sharply on federal lands.
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    He lies to keep the jobs down and people on welfare. More votes.

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  • keta

    Sad, poor Obama

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    Not sure what point you’re trying to make here. The conversation is about climate change. Do you mean that since there are currently lots of jobs in the oil industry in North Dakota, concerns about global warming should be shelved until drilling stops? Nobody’s debating the profitability of fossil fuels. It’s the most lucrative business on earth. Your point, that there’s still a lot of money to be made, is, well, never mind.

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  • mikehaney

    Sad ,poor Obama. He just doesn’t know what to do with himself and his future socialist state. Darn greedy Americans.
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    Today, North Dakota produces nearly one million barrels of oil a day. This is a 400 percent increase over the last five years. Furthermore, this massive increase has driven down unemployment in North Dakota to a measly 2.6 percent — the best in the country. By contrast, the national unemployment rate is 6.7 percent.

    North Dakota is also leading the nation in personal income growth. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, average personal income growth in the U.S. slowed to 2.6 percent in 2013, while in North Dakota, personal income grew by 7.6 percent.

    Actually, the oil boom is creating jobs in North Dakota and beyond. The number of new jobs in the oil and gas industry increased by about 270,000 between 2003 and 2012 — an increase of around 92 percent — while the number of new jobs in the economy as a whole only increased by 3 percent over the same period.

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  • V

    First of all, I think the term is global climate change…not global warming. It goes both ways.

    Having said that, it doesn’t matter to me if it’s real or a misguided theory.

    I believe in pollution. You can see pollution. Sometimes you can smell it. Sometimes you get it in the water from your tap…and so forth.

    I’m against pollution and that’s enough.

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  • keta

    individuals whose primary concern is profit

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    The amount of brainwashing being done by the coal industries is epic. The most recent toxic spill (standing room only in emergency rooms, weeks of not being able to use tap water) was courtesy of “Liberty Industries”. Not to be outdone by the toxic spills of “Freedom Industries”. It’s unbelievable what Appalachia will put up with. Poison us, ruin our air, water and the ground under our feet, knock the tops off our mountains, kill us in mines that ignore safety standards. Plenty of our neighbors remain convinced that it’s downright un-American to question or criticize coal companies. Thus “Liberty” and “Freedom” Industries. Well played, coal company executives.

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  • mickakers

    These so called “realists” are actually living in a fantasy world inhabited by greedy and selfish individuals whose primary concern is profit without regard for the environment or its peoples. The degradation the coal and oil industries have perpetuated on society and its surroundings is unbelievable. If you want to talk about reality, a visit to the mountains and hills of West Virginia, Kentucky and their communities will bring this sad fact home to you. My family originated in Virginia and migrated to West Virginia (due to the Civil war), we have lived and experienced this degradation. The actions and activity of the Coal and Oil industry are not only degrading but criminal when it comes to respect for the environment and its peoples. The thoughts and feelings of the American Indian are appropriate when thinking about the disrespect of the environment.

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  • mikehaney

    Renewable energy was supposed to create tens of thousands of green jobs. Yet despite three-digit Euro billions of subsidies, the number of jobs is falling rapidly. Seven out of ten jobs will only remain as long as the subsidies keep flowing.—Daniel Wetzel, Die Welt, 26 May 2014
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    GE—sob, what’s happening to my money!! Obama, quick, more cool aid to the minions.

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  • keta

    he doesn’t bother to list all the scientists
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    ….because a few keystrokes would reveal who’s paying them.

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  • bradfregger

    There are good reasons he doesn’t bother to list all of the scientists who doubt the fear propaganda being spread by the AGW fanatics. 1) the list wouldn’t mean anything to the fanatics who refuse to accept any data that doesn’t agree with their preconceived notions and, 2) the information is readily available to any curious person who truly wants to know the thinking of us realists who doubt the fear ridden propaganda of the “consensus.” Just google “scientists who are global warming deniers” (there are no intelligent people who doubt climate change). You might also check out climatedepot.com.

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  • keta

    The Tribune is not responsible
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    I’d agree if Mr. Smith were just a citizen who occasionally wrote a letter describing how delightful and beneficial coal-fired power plants are. That isn’t the case. He sends these fact-free letters to area newspapers regularly, and editors dutifully print them, offering a startling amount of free advertising for his dubious product, free of charge.

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  • mickakers

    I know keta, witch should be which and maybe that is not correct, I don’t know! Help, keta.

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  • mickakers

    mikehaney; Your still in far right field, I pray for your enlightenment. I think this will generate a comment witch looks good on the Tribune website. The more comments the better for advertising purposes.

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  • mickakers

    Abby Fowler; As an afterthought, The Tribune is not responsible for or do not necessarily concur with Joseph P. Smith’s comments. They allow him to comment as they do you and I. This is the great advantage of having freedom of the press or speech which we all should be thankful for. Difference of opinion and discussion in regard of contribute to formulation of sound judgement, hopefully. I must admit this is a romantic viewpoint as past history demonstrates.

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  • mickakers

    keta; A perceptive (as usual) comment.

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  • mickakers

    Abby Fowler; My compliments on your insight and thank you for making the effort and taking the time to express your feelings and thoughts. You might look at Mr. Smith’s articles as I do, its like reading the Sunday Comics, you know, Mickey Mouse.

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  • keta

    Follow the money
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    Absolutely. I believe the current percentage of scientists who believe human activities have led to global warming in the last century is at 97% now. So, follow the money trail to that 3% of science deniers. Who pays them? Who profits when they muddy the waters of logic and reason? Why, everyone in the fossil fuel business, the most profitable industry in history.

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  • mikehaney

    Follow the money, as in government grants and research endowments.

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