Marsha, Marsha, Marsha

April 22, 2009 3:26 pm ET

On April 22, 2009, Rep. Marsha Blackburn discussed her "skepticism" of global warming, despite the unanimous views of scientific experts.  Could this be because big oil and gas companies have donated over $100,000 to her campaigns?


Blackburn The Nonbeliever

Rep. Marsha Blackburn: "Laying aside my skepticism of the underlying science that led us to this bill..." [Blackburn Opening Statement, 4/22/09]

  • Blackburn Has Received Over $100,000 From The Oil And Gas Industry. According to OpenSecrets.org, Rep. Marsha Blackburn has received $104,643 from the oil and gas industry. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 4/22/09]

Reality:

In an effort to help relieve Representative Blackburn of her doubts, here is a list provided by Grist Magazine of some of the scientific organizations that accept global warming as real and scientifically well-supported:

Every major scientific institution dealing with climate, ocean, and/or atmosphere agrees that the climate is warming rapidly and the primary cause is human CO2 emissions. In addition to that list, see also this joint statement (PDF) that specifically and unequivocally endorses the work and conclusions of the IPCC Third Assessment report. The statement was issued by:

  • Academia Brasiliera de Ciencias (Brazil)
  • Royal Society of Canada
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Academie des Sciences (France)
  • Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (Germany)
  • Indian National Science Academy
  • Accademia dei Lincei (Italy)
  • Science Council of Japan
  • Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Royal Society (United Kingdom)
  • National Academy of Sciences (United States of America)

You can also read this statement [PDF], which includes all the above signatories plus the following:

  • Australian Academy of Sciences
  • Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts
  • Caribbean Academy of Sciences
  • Indonesian Academy of Sciences
  • Royal Irish Academy
  • Academy of Sciences Malaysia
  • Academy Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

But if scientists are too liberal and politicians too unreliable, perhaps you will find the opinion of key industry representatives more convincing:

  • BP, the largest oil company in the UK and one of the largest in the world, has this opinion:

"There is an increasing consensus that climate change is linked to the consumption of carbon based fuels and that action is required now to avoid further increases in carbon emissions as the global demand for energy increases."

  • Shell Oil (yes, as in oil, the fossil fuel) says:

"Shell shares the widespread concern that the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities is leading to changes in the global climate."

[Grist Magazine, "How to Talk to a Global Warming Skeptic Guide," accessed 4/22/09]

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