June 27, 2020

Minnesota Oil Smear

This from Joseph Bast commenting on Russell Cook's article:

More careful research and journalism by Russell Cook on the Greenpeace/Al Gore smear that global warming skeptics are paid to lie by the fossil fuel industry. Keep an eye on these lawsuits if Joe Biden becomes President ... the entire weight of the federal government will land on anyone who dared/dares to criticize Al Gore’s alarmism. Objective science and free speech will be a thing of the past...

State of Minnesota v American Petroleum Institute, ExxonMobil Corp, Koch Industries, Flint Hills Resources

From the article:

If the Minnesota AG’s office had undertaken the most basic kind of due diligenceto find out if the ‘leaked memos evidence’ actually proves the existence of disinformation campaigns, it might not have wasted any taxpayer money filing the lawsuit. Without that ‘evidence,’ the lawsuit would struggle to disprove hugely detailed assessments from skeptic climate scientists, while also trying to prove API and the other defendants ever actually accepted the ‘science’ of the IPCC / Al Gore side of the issue.

No joke, this 84 page Minnesota lawsuit could be boiled down to a single massively dubious authoritative statement, with a giant arrow pointing to where the central pillar of it collapses:

Minnesota has harmfully warmed due to Defendants’ actions, Defendants knew of this harm, but their own internal memos stating ‘victory will be achieved when we reposition global warming as theory rather than fact’ were used to create disinformation campaigns designed to purposefully downplay the role that the consumption of their products played in causing this warming, and since they profiteered from avoiding the costs of dealing with global warming, Defendants — not Minnesota taxpayers — should bear the costs of those impacts.

Read the rest; it's from Russell Cook, a friend and brilliant thinker.

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