- Nov 24, 2009
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- San Francisco
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Excerpted from “Everything You Need to Know About Global Warming in 5 Minutes” By Jeremy Grantham, GMO (hedge fund) co-founder, GMO Quarterly Letter, July, 2010
[SIZE="+2"]T[/SIZE]hat smoking caused cancer was obfuscated deliberately and effectively for 20 years at a cost of hundreds of thousands of extra deaths. We know that for certain now, yet those who caused this fatal delay have never been held accountable.The profits of the oil and coal industry make tobacco’s resources look like a rounding error. In some notable cases, the obfuscators of global warming actually use the same “experts” as the tobacco industry did! The obfuscators’ simple and direct motivation – making money in the near term, which anyone can relate to – combined with their resources and, as it turns out, propaganda talents, have meant that we are arguing the science long after it has been nailed down. I, for one, admire them for their P.R. skills, while wondering, as always: “Have they no grandchildren?”
Excerpted from “We’re Gonna Be Sorry” By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times, Published: July 24, 2010
[SIZE="+2"]W[/SIZE]hen I first heard on Thursday that Senate Democrats were abandoning the effort to pass an energy/climate bill that would begin to cap greenhouse gases that cause global warming and promote renewable energy that could diminish our addiction to oil, I remembered something that Joe Romm, the climateprogress.org blogger, once said: The best thing about improvements in health care is that all the climate-change deniers are now going to live long enough to see how wrong they were.
Alas, so are the rest of us. …
This is our true legacy to the next Americans, that at this moment when the harm was indisputable, that so little was done by so many. Ours is a legacy of shame.