Of the 938 papers cited, 186 of them were written by only ten men, and foremost among them was Dr Sherwood B Idso, who personally authored 67 of them. Idso is the president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, an ExxonMobil funded think tank. The second most prolific was Dr Patrick J Michaels, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, who receives roughly 40% of his funding from the oil industry.
The title comes from Exxon Mobil saying they would stop funding such efforts. Which, of course, was public relations. The Pollutocracy does what it damn well pleases. (A plutocracy is a political system governed by the wealthy people. Pundits have modified the word to pollutocracy, i.e., when their means to wealth results in harm to the environment, e.g., global devastation, end of Life on the Planet as We know It, ecocide.)
Meanwhile, just after national elections in Canada reflected more conservative status quo, i.e., continued, globally devastating mining of bitumen (oil sands / tar sands / Hillary Sex Wax) in Alberta, there was another leak in the Trans Canada oil pipeline.
The leak began April 29 from a pipeline belonging to Plains Midstream Canada in northern Alberta about seven kilometers (4.3 miles) from the village of Little Beaver. The leakage stopped May 5. The leakage amounted to 28,000 barrels.
“First it was a Michigan river, writes Nathan Vanderklippe for The Globe and Mail. “Then a Chicago suburb. Next was a small stream near an Alberta rancher’s house, followed by a northern Alberta forest.”
Now an oil spill at a North Dakota pipeline pumping station is the latest in a string of incidents over the past year that is heightening public worries about the safety of North America’s vast network of oil pipelines. The series of accidents in the different areas has sent oil gushing from cracked pipes or faulty equipment, oozing into waterways and forested land.
- ExxonMobil gave $1.5M to climate disinformation groups last year, breaking its pledge to stop funding denial machine (climateprogress.org)
- Exxon pays a lower effective tax rate than you* – *assuming you are an average American and not a tax dodger (climateprogress.org)
- Exxon still funding climate sceptics (peakenergy.blogspot.com)
- Climate Shift data reanalysis makes clear opponents of climate bill far outspent environmentalists – Another expert slams Nisbet’s “illegitimate assumptions” (climateprogress.org)
- Exxon announces record profit (peakenergy.blogspot.com)