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Decades of Climate Deception

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That oil and gas interests might be reluctant to accept information pointing to the end of the fossil fuel era is completely understandable. But the just released report by the Union of Concerned Scientists titled The Climate Deception Dossier documents decades of deliberate deception aimed at sewing doubt in the media and the public's perception of climate science. The report reveals industry internal secret documents that prove there has been a strategy to hide the truth. It's little wonder that so many politicians today find it easy to deny the opinion of 97% of the scientific community. They've been blinded by money and duped with lies.

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Proof of decades of deception by fossil fuel industry: Union of Concerned Scientists.

I can't improve on the summary that appears in the summer issue of UCS's journa l, so I urge you to read it for yourself and then browse through the report that it announces. Although those few who have been close to the issue for years knew of various elements of the deception, the strategy was largely successful and history may yet look back upon the years since 1988 as the beginning of society's greatest and most disastrous propaganda lies.

For those who follow there is a disturbing confirmation that the oil and gas industry is ruthless and unrelenting in its hunger to expand regardless of the cost to society and future generations. Although our focus is very local, the menace is global and it will touch everyone - especially the poorest and most vulnerable nations.

We must consider both actions and words in weighing arguments about fossil energy. On the fracking issue, the industry has gotten legislation to exempt itself from regulations aimed at protecting the environment, and has succeeded in getting other legislation that severely limits the ability of local government to protect municipalities from the ravages of gas and oil extraction. These self-serving legislative campaigns are perverse and destructive. The deception and amoral (some might say psychopathic) campaign to discourage society from acting prudently in the face of a clear danger is a disgrace. If you agree, take the time to phone your state representatives and your US senators and congressman. Tell them to read the evidence and see for themselves how we all have been duped. Demand that public policy reflect climate reality.

Vote your conscience when the time comes.

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