Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Kochs' Climate Science Denial

The Koch brothers not only fund groups that resist environmental policy, they also work to discredit climate science. The Kochs fund organizations that promote climate science skepticism including the Heritage Foundation.

Through coordinated campaigns of misinformation, denier organizations like the Heritage Foundation have been successful in increasing climate change skepticism in the US.

The reach of the Koch brothers influence extends in many directions including policy and education. Another Koch funded organization by the name of The Independent Women’s Forum, opposes the teaching of global warming in American public schools.

The Koch brothers diverse spheres of influence all serve the common goal of delaying the transition away from the old energy economy as long as possible. Given the overwhelming body of evidence supporting man-made global warming, denial is the only viable strategy to achieve this goal.

As reported in the New Yorker, David Koch said that he was unconvinced that global warming has been caused by human activity. Even if it has been, he said, the heating of the planet will be beneficial, resulting in longer growing seasons in the Northern Hemisphere. “The Earth will be able to support enormously more people because far greater land area will be available to produce food,” he said.

The Koch brothers deserve to be recognized for decades of dedicated environmental hostility. Most recently, their climate denial project's sinister spin has succeeded in introducing uncertainty despite the scientific and empirical certainty of global warming.

Thanks in part to coordinated campaigns of misinformation, a new group of Koch funded climate deniers will soon be defending the lie in the House and the Senate.

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