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19 Democratic Senators Submit Climate Change "Web of Denial" Concurrent Resolution

The solons will be denouncing "climate change denial" from the floor of the Senate for the next two days.

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and 18 other democratic senators have introduced a concurrent resolution aimed at "expressing the sense of Congress relating to the disapproval of certain activities of certain companies, trade associations, foundations, and organizations." The resolution denounces the tobacco and lead industries for misleading the public about the safety of their products. But their real villain is the fossil fuel industry. The resolution declares:

Whereas in the case of fossil fuel companies and allied organizations— (1) according to peer-reviewed scientific research and investigative reporting, fossil fuel companies have long known about climate change and the harmful climate effects of their products; and (2) contrary to the scientific findings of the fossil fuel companies and of others about the danger fossil fuels pose to the climate, fossil fuel companies, directly and through their trade associations, and foundations—(A) developed a sophisticated and deceitful campaign that funded think tanks and front groups, and paid public relations firms to deny, counter, and obfuscate peer-reviewed research; and (B) used that misinformation campaign to mislead the public and cast doubt in order to protect their financial interest: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress—(1) disapproves of activities by certain corporations, trade associations, foundations, and organizations funded by those corporations—(A) to deliberately mislead the public and undermine peer-reviewed scientific research about the dangers of their products; and (B) to deliberately cast doubt on science in order to protect their financial interests; and (2) urges fossil fuel companies and allied organizations to cooperate with active or future investigations into—(A) their climate-change related activities; (B) what they knew about climate change and when they knew that information; (C) what they knew about the harmful effects of fossil fuels on the climate; and (D) any activities to mislead the public about climate change.

According to the accompanying press release:

The Senators will each deliver remarks detailing how interconnected groups – funded by the Koch brothers, major fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil and Peabody Coal, identity-scrubbing groups like Donors Trust and Donors Capital, and their allies – developed and executed a massive campaign to deceive the public about climate change to halt climate action and protect their bottom lines.

Interestingly, the Attorneys General United for Clean Energy are at least pretending that they are still investigating whether or not such a "massive campaign" existed. In a sort of Darkness at Noon burlesque, the senators have already identified and convicted the alleged cabal of climate change deniers and all that is lacking are their public confessions.

For more background, see my article "Free Speech and Climate Fraud Prosecution Follies."

Disclosure: Over the years I have worked with several groups targeted by the attorneys-general on a wide variety of public policy issues relevant to resisting government encroachments into free markets, mostly not having anything to do with climate change. And I still own 50 shares of ExxonMobil stock that I bought with my own money.

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  1. “expressing the sense of Congress relating to the disapproval of certain activities”

    Uh, huh.

    Vote ’em all out.

    1. All these fuckers should walk home every time the Senate is in recess…

  2. The resolution denounces the tobacco and lead industries for misleading the public about the safety of their products.

    Time to break out the A World Without Lead short film for Congress.

    1. Come back, zinc!

      1. Damn your nimble fingers!

  3. At the current stock price, your 50 shares of Exxon are worth somewhere around $4700. Man, you libertarians are so easily bought!

  4. Progs are evil anti-liberty scum, film at 11.

  5. I still own 50 shares of ExxonMobil stock

    Bailey is admitting that he’s bought and paid for by BIG OILZ!!! I KNEW IT!!!

    1. Since he is an owner, doesn’t that mean Big Oil has been bought and paid for by him?

    2. Sometimes just for fun I read the list of things in my mutual funds and assign an actual dollar value to my ownership so I can jokingly see who I’m bought and paid for by.

      I would be out there lobbying for some food quality standards, given my obvious self-interest due to my partial ownership of Whole Foods (to the whopping tune of $4.87).

      But that, of course, is overridden by my $150 stake in Monsanto Co. Long live GMOs!

  6. Let’s all get together and burn any books that deny the accepted science too.

    1. Ahem. What’s wrong with mulching them, O enemy of Earth! [it’s what woodchippers were made for]

      1. Mulch what? The books? Or the Senators?

    2. Shit Paul Erlich should burn all his book because he’s embarrassed by always being wrong.

  7. This is so fucking embarrassing.

    But I guess the Senate could be doing worse things with their time.

    1. Sitting on the floor and throwing a tantrum?

      1. Hey, don’t make fun of the House Democrats! Their bravery is an inspiration to us all!

      2. I wish they’d sit on the floor and throw tantrums more often, it’d keep them from thinking of ways to turn the screws on the rest of us.

  8. Is it just me, or has the Democrat Congressional delegation turned into an Occupy demonstration, only with better hygiene?

    1. Yeah, and that’s going to score big points for Hillary come November.

    2. The floor of the Senate must be filthy. I’m not sure the Senators’ hygiene is any better than the Occupiers. They are just better dressed.

    1. I’m inspired by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tex

      I read that as T-Rex, then was disappointed.

      1. I’d vote for a T-Rex

        1. Would you bang a gong for one?

          1. Only if it’s dressed like a zeb-o-ra.

        2. Hell if we got a T-Rex elected to the Senate I bet he’d win all the debates on the floor.

    2. His earlier article on a coastal region tax was also a spectacular idea:

      Climate activists say that between 20 million and 31 million Americans live in places that will be at risk of flooding from global warming by the end of the century. Just to be safe, I think we should aim to reduce the number of people living in these areas by 25% within 25 years, 50% within 50 years and, naturally, 100% by the end of the century.

      I’m not sure how big a tax that will require, though I imagine it will be a pretty hefty one. But if there’s anything our elected representatives are good at, it’s making sure that taxes are high enough, so I feel confident that they’ll be able to come up with an answer to this question.

      1. My favorite was the WaPo article suggesting that the only way to stop rampant sea level rise was to build nuclear power plants in Antarctica to pump the excess sea water to the center of the continent to re-freeze it. All to stop a one-foot rise in sea levels in the next century. Instead of just, you know, building sea walls a foot higher in coastal cities.

      2. Can we impose a special 1000% tax on the Kennedys?

    3. Dude, Gillespie skunked you. His article about this is time-stamped 3:41 PM.

    4. How about we cut off power to all government buildings? If they’re so worried about global warming then they can set the example.

  9. Fuck you, you fascists. Think as I say or be punished — these clowns should be laughed out of Washington, but the press will just eat it up.

    The coming ice age, the food pyramid, peak oil…. yeah we should totally accept what you have to say as gospel.

    They are no different than the Church was 400 years ago shouting heretic and burning eople at the stake

    1. This is orders of magnitude worse anything the Church ever did.

      I don’t think there has ever been a religious nut so crazy as to advocate that humans quit using fire.

      That is precisely what the environmentalists want.

  10. RE : 19 Democratic Senators Submit Climate Change “Web of Denial” Concurrent Resolution
    The solons will be denouncing “climate change denial” from the floor of the Senate for the next two days.

    The socialist turds in the Politburo were quite right in denouncing the doubters of climate change.
    These fools have no right to their opinion, only the right to the politically correct version so conveniently given to them by The State. These monsters must be marched off to the gulags with their families for re-education, floggings and generous portions of torture. This will open their closed eyes to the wonders and wisdom only socialism, conformity and compliance can bring. Then these animals will rescind their politically incorrect version to the ideas submitted by The State in order to bring a close to the horrible chapter of capitalism in our beloved country. Eliminating free speech is the first, perhaps the most vital, step in eliminating all the remnants of the archaic, racist and misogynist US Constitution we all hate and loathe. This way, with free speech eliminated, and their adherents and proponents jailed, the collective can accelerate the over-due Glorious People’s Revolution and enjoy all the benefits of a socialist slave state like mass murder, forced collectivization, employing terror on the unwashed masses and oppression.
    Remember comrades, the longest journey toward a socialist paradise starts with the first step.

  11. I must have missed it when the planet fried. Is that an actual photograph on the banner that those two unhappy looking women are carrying?

    1. Oh, yeah, that was a few weeks ago.

      A third of the planet was destroyed in a fire.

      You must have been on vacation.

      1. The Atlantic Ocean burst into flames, hundreds of millions of people died. Truly apocalyptic stuff, but strangely didn’t get picked up by most news outlets. Drowned out by fluff pieces about the solstice, I think.

        1. On the bright side, the Earth tastes delicious now, we’re thinking about deep-frying the moon too.

        2. Strawberry moon.

    2. I must have missed it when the planet fried. Is that an actual photograph on the banner that those two unhappy looking women are carrying?

      Ah, I believe you are mistaken. They are humanoid aliens from a distant planet, nearly half of which was consumed by fire when their god-emperor Ex-Xon misspoke during a religious ritual.

    3. It looks more like there’s a giant tree growing out of the Earth and it’s on its period.

    4. Exxon Lied and the Planet Fried

      The other weird thing about that banner is the assumption behind it–that if only people had known about oil and global warming, they would have stopped driving to work and warming their homes.

      1. Robin laid an egg
        The bat mobile lost its wheel
        And Joker got away.

    5. The planet fried on January 25, 2016.

      On January 25th, 2006, Al Gore said we only had ten years left. Ten years has come and gone since then.

  12. One of the things this shows us is that Hillary Clinton cannot control her own party.

    Hillary Clinton is no more in charge of the Democratic Party than I am.

    Yes, they know it’s an election year. Yes, they know Hillary is running for President.

    Yes, they know that doing stunts like this makes Democrats look like silly fools to swing voters, and they know that makes it harder for Hilary to win.

    They know all of that–and they don’t care.

    1. I have a slightly different take – they think Hillary is going to win regardless, and they are trying to show her where the real power within the party lies.

      1. I bet Hillary doesn’t feel that way.

    2. Yeah, the primary is over. Idiotic theatrics like this might get Bernie supporters riled up, but most Americans recognize it for what it is.

  13. Climate extremists in the Democratic Party taking over the Senate floor.

    Race riots in the streets.

    America voting Hillary for President!

    Which one of these things doesn’t fit with the others?

    1. Is it a trick question? There’s a pretty good chance that they all fit.

      1. Nah.

        If there are race riots ongoing in the streets come November, if Climate extremists in the Democratic Party take over the Senate floor come November, then swing voters aren’t voting for Hillary as President.

  14. “interconnected groups ? funded by the Koch brothers” OMG!!!11! Kochtopus strikes again!! You can’t stop them, you can only hope to contain them.
    /sarc

  15. …to deliberately cast doubt on science…

    Hey, somebody’s got to be the Keeper of the Faith. The last thing we can have is people casting doubt on scientific consensus. Who is Galileo to suggest the Earth isn’t the center of the Universe? It’s the consensus view.

    1. “Who is Galileo to suggest the Earth isn’t the center of the Universe? It’s the consensus view.”

      You can’t compare the consensus view back then — when only a select few highly-trained individuals owned and knew how to use sensitive instruments like telescopes, astrolabes, much less knew how to do advanced math with that of today.

      Why today’s brave climate warriors know all about the finer points of statistical analysis, advanced weather satellite technology, ice core sampling, computerized modeling, and…wait what? Uh… I mean today’s useful idiots read, click like, and share ALL the latest leftist memes they find on Derpbook! Don’t you realize there has never been a more enlightened populace in the history of the world? Who are you to question them?

  16. Turn off the cameras, turn off the lights, turn off the A/C and leave them in there.

    1. I like bringing them bankies and pillows and stuffed toys. Maybe some warm milk and cookies.

      On camera.

      1. Some giant lollipops, maybe.

  17. The Senators will each deliver remarks detailing how interconnected groups ? funded by the Koch brothers, major fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil and Peabody Coal, identity-scrubbing groups like Donors Trust and Donors Capital, and their allies ? developed and executed a massive campaign to deceive the public about climate change to halt climate action and protect their bottom lines.

    Groups that will be spoken about include the Heritage Foundation, Reason Foundation and the Cato Institute

  18. How about we investigate this cabal of retards, who are pissing away my confiscated income to fund this inanity?

  19. Is there some controversy about the existence of a fossil-fuel-industry-funded disinformation campaign on this issue? Shouldn’t the disclaimer on this article be a little longer, really, to encompass the Koch funding of this outfit and its serial downplaying of scientific fact on climate change?

    1. Yes? It’s only disinformation if it’s inaccurate, and given the hilariously wrong predictions alarmists have continuously made, it’s safe to say that no one’s hands are clean here.

  20. This is great news!

    All that wasted time and money on actually scientific research.

    Now we can just have easy science: Science by Legislation

  21. This is great news!

    All that wasted time and money on actually scientific research.

    Now we can just have easy science: Science by Legislation

  22. Funny that a resolution has you concerned, Ronald. Not much there there.

    But flowing up on your overriding concern about creeping lysenkoism, surely you note that Lamar Smith has gone after not only science organizations (UOCS) but also environmental groups (Greenpeace), demanding emails between each other. They of course told him to take a hike. But now he says by Wednesday he will issue subpoenas.

    “If you continue to refuse to provide information responsive to the Committee’s requests on a voluntary basis, I will be left with no alternative but to utilize the tools delegated to the Committee by the Rules of the House of Representatives,” Smith wrote.”Specially, the Committee will consider use of compulsory process to obtain responsive documents in the possession, custody, or control of your office.”

    Wow. None of this bothers me, the groups will continue to fight it, but given YOUR outrage over the AGs, this must really concern you.

    I guess you will let us know, if sime resolutions concern you.

    1. http://science.house.gov/sites…..s/07.06.16 SST Letter to MA AG.pdf

    2. This Texas newspaper has the link

      http://www.houstonpress.com/ne…..ol-8551278

    3. I take it the former is a public organization, probably dealing with a private organization in an underhanded fashion as all leftist scum do? So, Congress is exercising oversight over government. TYRANNY! How dare the people attempt to force accountability on their betters in the Technocracy?

      1. And of course you would be wrong again, but why break your streak.

        Union of Concerned Scientists is just a group of scientists joined together to provide their opinion on scientific issues. The difference between them and Exxon is that they are scientists and not businessmen.

        Oh yeah, one more difference. They believe climate change is a real danger. And that is the reason Ronald doesn’t discus government overreach of subpoenas in their case.

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