Here’s an important little book I’m reading right now. I’m getting to be a bit of a eco-politics junkie and this book is right up my alley. If you have a shred of interest in clarifying what to think about "the climate change debate", you owe it to yourself to read this book.
I have steadfastly avoided anything to do with real or manufactured conspiracy theories up to now. But I eagerly picked up this book after reading a cover article in last month’s Rolling Stone, called As the World Burns, How Big Oil and Big Coal mounted one of the most aggressive lobbying campaigns in history to block progress on global warming. (If you’re going to read it online, there is a companion piece called The Climate Killers, Meet the 17 polluters and deniers who are derailing efforts to curb global warming.)
Anyway, this is quite a real conspiracy that hinges not on contradictory research, but on a deliberate campaign of obfuscation: dozens of Big Oil- and Big Coal-funded "grassroots" organizations who’s sole purpose is to muddy the waters of public perception and create a "climate of doubt" as to whether human activity has a hand in global warming.
Here’s the Website of a counteractive group that the author belongs to: DeSmogBlog. It’s well worth a perusal.
P.S. The author hails from Vancouver and there is a goodly amount of Canadian content in the book. (I was quite amused at the sections about the Calgary Herald and the National Post.)