An article in today’s Washington Post calls attention to the latest industry front group of climate-change deniers. According to the Post, the men behind the campaign are H. Leighton Steward, a veteran oil industry executive and Corbin J. Robertson Jr., chief executive of and leading shareholder in Natural Resource Partners, a coal resource owner that lets other companies mine in return for royalties.
At first glance, their group “CO2 Is Green” seems almost laughable. These folks claim in high-profile television and newspaper ads that:
- “higher CO2levels than we have today would help the Earth’s ecosystems and support more plant and animal life,”
- “more CO2 results in a greener Earth,” and
- “CO2 is not pollution.”
It would be laughable—if it weren’t so dangerous. These folks are peddling pseudo-science and asking the public to contact their Senators in hopes of scuttling the upcoming Senate climate and energy bill.
The scientific debate over the reality of global climate change should have been over long ago. Evidence has mounted for decades that the carbon dioxide and other harmful gases we have been pouring into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution are harming our planet. If we don’t take quick, dramatic action to limit CO2 pollution, the harm could well be irreversible.
A recent interagency report, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, aggregates some 500 peer-reviewed scientific studies and paints an alarming picture of what will happen to every region and economic sector of society if we do not act decisively to limit carbon dioxide and other harmful gases that are wreaking havoc on our planet.
We owe it to ourselves—and our children—to become better educated about the real science of climate change, and to do all we can to convince our policy makers to pay attention.
photo: The image above is a shot from the CO2 is green TV ad. Really.