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Today’s Anti-Climate Change Lobbyists Got Their Start Working for Big Tobacco


By Jim Carey

Recently an 80-year-old acquaintance that I have just chatted with over the years responded to a news report about climate change saying, “That`s a hoax!” I wondered where he received his news.

On the Fox channel, of course!

That’s not too much of a surprise. What is, however, was a Yale and George Mason University survey that found that 85 percent of Republicans “reject that climate change is a serious problem that requires action.”

Daily we hear news stories telling us tha tAnchorage’s temperature hit 90 degrees on July 4; that Europe is in the midst of a record heat wave, that Chennai has run out of water; that refugees are flooding borders as extreme conditions, water scarcity, and failing agriculture increase conflict and displace millions. These are all caused or exacerbated by climate change.

The scientific evidence is clea. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2019 asserted that “global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.” Why, then, is there still doubt about all of this?

Monday`s film—Merchants of Doubt—exposes the forces behind this skilled propaganda machine sowing uncertainty in the popular mind. Did you know that the people paid to sell doubt on climate change are the very same talking heads who were hired decades before by the R. J. Reynolds tobacco conglomerate to deny the dangers of smoking ?

Now these deniers are hired by Exxon Mobil to create enough chatter to confuse the ordinary CNN/Fox viewer and delay change efforts. Exxon Mobil`s former chief executive, Rex Wayne Tillerson, was even the US Secretary of State.

It took 50 years for the truth about tobacco’s dangers to come out. This time, we do not have that many years to wait.

Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, released a report on June 25 that found “climate change threatens the future of human rights and will impoverish hundreds of millions, including middle-class people in wealthy countries. It will push 120 million people into poverty by 2030 alone and could lead to a ‘climate apartheid’ scenario where the wealthy pay to escape extreme heat, hunger, and conflict while the rest of the world is left to suffer.”

“We’re at a pivotal point,” Vancouver environmentalist David Suzuki says. “Fossil fuels, plastics, and private automobiles have brought benefits to many parts of the world, but our wasteful, consumer-oriented ways have also created enormous challenges for humanity. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC warns we have less than a dozen years to cut emissions so they don’t build to a point that puts us on a path to climate catastrophe. Resolving the issue will offer numerous other benefits from cleaner air and better health to greater innovation and equality.”

Join us Monday for an interesting discussion. Our events are free and open to all.


Meeting and Film

Occupy SMA presents

The Merchants of Doubt

Mon, Jul 22, 1pm

Quinta Loreto Hotel

TV room

Loreto 15, Centro




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