Remember how big tobacco kept arguing for years that smoking had no link to lung cancer? The Union of Concerned Scientists is out with a report detailing how ExxonMobil is doing the same thing with claims that global climate change isn't happening. From the UCS website:
"Smoke, Mirrors & Hot Air: How ExxonMobil Uses Big Tobacco's Tactics to "Manufacture Uncertainty" on Climate Change details how the oil company, like the tobacco industry in previous decades, has
- raised doubts about even the most indisputable scientific evidence
- funded an array of front organizations to create the appearance of a broad platform for a tight-knit group of vocal climate change contrarians who misrepresent peer-reviewed scientific findings
- attempted to portray its opposition to action as a positive quest for "sound science" rather than business self-interest
- used its access to the Bush administration to block federal policies and shape government communications on global warming"
But should that camel be smoking around the gas pumps?