[Coral-List] carbon offsetting AND slowing down

Risk, Michael riskmj at mcmaster.ca
Fri Jun 14 21:06:48 UTC 2019

Some context as to who is David and who is Goliath:

"Every year, the world's five largest publicly owned oil and gas companies spend approximately $200 million on lobbying designed to control, delay or block binding climate-motivated policy." (Forbes, Mar 25/19)

-and this doesn't count the Dark Money from dark places. (No, not THERE, Steve-get your mind out of the gutter.) 

It's no mystery why action on this front is so difficult.
From: Coral-List [coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] on behalf of Steve Mussman via Coral-List [coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov]
Sent: June 14, 2019 3:38 PM
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Subject: Re: [Coral-List] carbon offsetting AND slowing down

I have no problem with Gene’s post being allowed on list. To me it’s a first amendment issue. However, I do take issue with the fact that the post used an anonymous source to make a rather serious accusation about the veracity of the SST data analysis and projections compiled by NOAA - all without bothering to cite a reference to the data that the author claims refutes the warming trend. Such tactics should be condemned by all.
This egregious modus operandi is nothing new, but it certainly runs counter to the ideals generally adhered to throughout the scientific community. As for bullying, one has to be totally disconnected and/or somewhat confused not to realize that we are living in an era of unprecedented attacks on science and scientific integrity. The post in question clearly epitomizes this unfortunate state of affairs.

Steve Mussman


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