Friday, July 21, 2006

Global Warming Deniers have a political agenda.

Despite overwhelming evidence, there are those who continue to deny that global warming is real, and from what I have read so far, they all seem to have some hidden political agenda.

ThinkProgress has a good exemple and it just blows my mind to read it, so I thought I'd share it with you since we've been tackling this issue in last two posts.
Conservative talk-show Glenn Beck who claims that if you deny global warming you're "a pretty brave guy, because, you know, if you come out against global warming you`re either a nut job or you`re just clearly in bed with big oil, and thus you should have no credibility." has interviewed the "brave" James Inhofe, a Republican senator from Oklahoma. The scary part is that James Inhofe is a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works which is responsible for dealing with matters related to the environment and infrastructure.
(read the transcript here and see the video here, it's worth it)
A couple things must be noted with regard to Inhofe's political agenda:
Inhofe is as right-wing conservative as it gets. (in a Senate speech, Inhofe said that America should base its Israel policy on the text of the Bible). He also has a very interesting record with regard to the environment: he has for instance persistently blocked American ratification of the international Convention on the Law of the Sea, claiming that the treaty would infringe on American sovereignty. He is as much a denial of global warming as he was of ozone depletion.
According to Wikipedia:
In the 2002 election cycle oil and gas companies contributed more money to Inhofe's campaign than any other congressman except Texas senator John Cornyn. The contributions Inhofe has received from the energy and natural resource sector since taking office have exceeded one million dollars.
Now as far as the TV host is concerned, it seems that Glenn Beck also has an interesting background. His program is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks which is owned by radio conglomerate Clear Channel Communications on more than 160 radio stations across the country. Now, Clear Channel Communications is world's largest radio broadcaster and has a very conservative agenda, read our post on them.

Why does a scientific issue have to become so political? Why are all the deniers on the very right-wing of the spectrum?

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