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Enough of the lies! by Chuck Baclagon

I remember a few months back when I got into a heated YM debate with a good friend of mine, on the issue of climate change.

Apparently my friend doesn’t believe that climate change is real, where then goes on to say that perhaps the scientists in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as well as Greenpeace and all the other experts are wrong. He even goes on to site an online article published by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research stating which alleges the IPCC is:  “resistant to reasonable criticism and dissent, and prone to summary conclusions that are poorly supported by the analytical work.”

It is after reading the article  I did some research about American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, I did some Google search and then I did look it up on Greenpeace USA’s Exxon Secrets website since it is a known fact that Exxon along with other players in the fossil fuel industry fund climate skeptics and anti-global warming think tanks.

To my astonishment the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is listed on Exxon Secrets and was apparently received $1.6 million in funding from ExxonMobil.

I sent my friend the link wherein after reading it he changed the topic of our conversation. Up to now I do not know where my friend stands on climate change – but there’s one thing that I do know, the world’s biggest oil companies are downplaying the issue of climate change by funding think tanks that are geared on undermining the urgency and science of climate change.

From think tanks to goon squads

Recently an American Petroleum Institute (API) memo, was leaked to Greenpeace last week, called on the CEOs of some of the world’s biggest oil companies (including ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron) to involve their employees in anti US climate action rallies masquerading as concerned “energy citizens”.

Greenpeace exposed the secret oil industry plan to organize fake rallies against US climate legislation, and to exaggerate concern over the cost of action on climate change. The plan, stated in a leaked internal memo from the API (American Petroleum Institute) shows that they are reverting back to old tricks – spreading misinformation about climate change and pressing politicians towards inaction.

Climate protection policy is needed urgently. Politicians should listen to climate scientists and the people – not big corporations with vested interests. The API is threatening our future, and our children’s future with their lies.

That is why we would like to ask your help by helping us send a clear message to the oil industry to come clean and support real climate action.

Chuck Baclagon

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