Climate Wreckers

A little over 16 years ago, I started keeping a list of people and organizations to blame for the ruin of a favorable climate, and all the pain and misery which will accompany that.

This list is by no means remotely exhaustive, or even well organized (or formatted). But it is the product of 16 years, even if the labor involved was mostly just moments here or there. It seems worth posting.

These are some of the monsters who have sabotaged our world as well as the attempts to protect it.

The “Competitive Enterprise Institute” is arguably best known for its work disputing the science of climate change, and the corporations’ support comes at a time when the think tank has played an outsized role in the Trump administration. Funders include Google and Amazon

David Victor (Pete Buttigieg Climate Advisor) Is a Fossil-Fuel-Funded Witness for The Trump Administration Against Children’s Climate Lawsuit

Exxon’s senators:

Lee Major, of Exxon-Mobil
Lee Raymond, of same

President Bush’s chief adviser, James Connaughton
He said the US would continue to increase the carbon efficiency of its economy but he could not foresee the day when America would stop its growth in greenhouse gas emissions. (

leading sceptical scientist, Dr Roger Pielke Sen

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Kurt Volker

James Woudhuysen

Henrik Svensmark

Mitch McConnell, R-Ky

Kristen Byrnes

environmental analyst Kenneth Green at the American Enterprise Institute

Thomas Gale Moore (Hoover Institute)
CBC podcast 6.15.08

Lord Lawson, former Chancellor (UK)

Michael Crichton

Bjorn Lomborg

Joel Kotkin

James Inhofe, former chair of the Senate Environment Committee from James Inhofe, who often described global warming as “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people” and who, in 2007, has pledged to filibuster any bill that involves mandatory caps on greenhouse-gas emissions

Chrysler’s chief economist Van Jolissaint

Frank Lutz, the Republican consultant who advised George W. Bush to dispute global warming during the 2000 and 2004 elections.

John Dingell, a Democrat from the carmaking hub of Detroit who has long opposed mandatory [GHG emissions] caps. Mr Dingell, who says Ms Pelosi’s [proposoed climate change] committee is “as useful as feathers on a fish”

columnist Dominic Lawson
film-maker Martin Durkin (The Great Global Warming Swindle)

Richard Lindzen, Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(Paid by the fossil fuel industry, of course:

Peter De Lorenzo and Dr. Bud E. Bryan
(See “The Autoextremist,” issue 408, August 15, 2007, etc., etc.)

Vaclav Klaus, the Czech president

Ted Nordhaus’s and Michael Shellenberger

Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council

Steve Milloy

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (recently “quipped” that the largest source of carbon dioxide is Al Gore’s mouth.)

Industry groups from the automakers to chemical manufacturers have signaled that they’d rather see Dingell prevail. R. Bruce Josten, vice president for government affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told Energy and Environment Daily that a Waxman-led committee would likely pursue more stringent greenhouse gas limits. “It’s scary, isn’t it?” Josten said.

John Coleman
Jon Loufman at WOIO Channel 19, Mark Johnson at WEWS Channel 5 and Mark Nolan at WKYC Channel 3
Andre Bernier, a meteorologist at WJW Channel 8
Dick Goddard — “the patriarch of Cleveland weather forecasters”

Robert Samuelson
“With today’s technologies—which can change—little can be done.”

Among the “climate deniers” lined up to speak are Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT; the University of Alabama’s Roy W. Spencer, a pioneer in the monitoring of global temperatures by satellite; Stephen McIntyre, primary author of the influential Climate Audit blog
Plus Jeff Jacoby

In the fall of 1997, when the Clinton administration was forming its position for the Kyoto climate treaty talks, Lawrence Summers argued that the United States would risk damaging the domestic economy if it set overly ambitious goals for reducing carbon emissions.

“…I think we’re [already] spending [on renewable energy] about at the rate which makes sense.”

  • outgoing U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman

The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes, “Ten Things the President Got Right…

  1. Bush’s “decision in 2001 to jettison the Kyoto global warming treaty.”

The so-called Gang of 10? …representing the coal-dependent states in the middle of the country; the other original members are Senators Brown of Ohio, John Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, Carl Levin of Michigan, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jim Webb of Virginia, Evan Bayh of Indiana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Ben Nelson of Nebraska. In the fall, six more Democratic senators joined the group: Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Ken Salazar of Colorado.

Northern Ireland’s environment minister(!!!!!) Sammy Wilson

Jim Sims, Chief Executive of the Western Business Roundtable and chairman of Colorado-based lobbying firm Policy Communications Inc

Martin Livermore and the “Scientific Alliance”

Freeman Dyson

Representative Joe Barton: “Tuesday’s cap and trade bill marks a triumph of fear over good sense and science and it couldn’t come at a worse time because it proposes to save the planet by sacrificing the economy”

Diana Furchtgott-Roth: “With the global economy in the depths of the worst recession since the Great Depression, according to the International Monetary Fund, now is not the time to raise the cost of energy and consumer goods.”

Newt Gingrich (duh.)

House Agriculture Committee chairman Colin Peterson (D-MN): “I will not support any climate change bill.”

Dan Reidinger, spokesman for The Edison Electric Institute: “The current goal of 17 percent below 2005 levels is “certainly an improvement over a 20 percent reduction, which was initially required under the earlier draft”

Chevron CEO David O’Reilly. FORTY YEARS is just too short a timeline!!!!

Chief executive of power company PPL Corp James Miller. (“We have to be realistic”)

Jeff Schroeder: “I think we will adapt;” “shit happens anyway, fuck ’em”

Pretty much all Republicans, certainly in congress, circa 2009
“it is unfortunate for the future of mankind that climate-change denialism has surfaced as a regional quirk in the most powerful country on Earth.”

LSE Mackinder programme director Gwyn Prins: we need to stick with what is “feasible” (except that what’s “feasible” is inadequate)

Bill Bailey, a rodeo announcer; James T. Hackett, chief executive of Anadarko Petroleum; public relations firm Bonner & Associates; president and chief executive of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack N. Gerard; David H. Leland, a geological map maker for NFR Energy

Jim Manzi (asshat):

Jim Greenwood, a vice president for governmental affairs at San Antonio based-Valero Energy Corp, which hopes to “persuade moderate Senators to vote against the bill.”

Anyone calling him or herself an “Energy Citizen”

[This one is all-time classic] “I don’t believe in global warming,” said conservative activist Kim Simac, a horse trainer and mother of nine from Wisconsin who also believes that the teaching of creationism and prayer need to be brought back to public schools.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s COO David Chavern

And the whole US Chamber

Tad Mayfield,president of the Texas Independent Oil Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO)

“Climate-denialist PR man extraordinaire” Marc Morano

Adm. James Lyon: “Hogwash!”
The Moonie (Washington) Times, 11-19-09

Journalism. (See coverage of “climategate” c. Nov 2009, or the absurdly over-covered “global warming pause a few years later”)

“Reactionary Rex” Murphy

Bob Lutz, GM’s vice chairman, at the start of the film and retired to opulence (with his own fighter jet) at the end of it. He once famously called global warming a “crock.”

Everyone who contributed to propagating the phony, empty, useless “climategate” scandal

Czech President, Vaclac Klaus

National Association of Manufacturers President and Chief Executive Jay [ironic quote: “The children of today deserve that” better future that earlier generations sought for their children, Timmons said. “The decisions that we make today will have a huge influence on your future.”] Timmons

The Poles
Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza
Poland’s Environment Minister(!!) Marcin Korolec

Debra J. Saunders

National Mining Association
“[Extremely-mild carbon emissions limit] proposal is the latest convoy in EPA’s regulatory train wreck that is rolling across America, crushing jobs and arresting our economic recovery at every stop”

Mike Lester

Heartland spokesman Jim Lakely. “The Heartland Institute […] does, however, promote the work of many scientists whose research shows human activity is not having a catastrophic warming effect on the planet. The computer models upon which the United Nations’ IPCC and other climate alarmists have relied for decades don’t match observable data.”

Plus sociologist Rael Jean Isaac, author of “Roosters of the Apocalypse,” which [gloats] that [Heartland’s] side has won the public opinion and policy battle on climate change

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Gina Rinehart

corporate scientists at GM and Ford, for example, helped fuel their companies’ official skeptic stance. (One left and promptly joined the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative thinktank.)’s-business

Angela Kelly, chair of the anti-wind group Country Guardian. She told BBC News: “I have been fighting against industrial wind farms for 20 years and if the Chancellor is going to do something to rein them in, so much the better.”

Each and every pinheaded online climate troll

Richard Muller [with asterisk for belated, qualified ‘conversion’ after being a denialist asshole for years]

Mitt Romney

Judith Curry (Perfect example of filibustering a solution to death)

“the leading climate change sceptic Matt Ridley”

Stephen Harper: ‘described the Kyoto Protocol as “a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations.”‘
…and, as ‘Australia, a big consumer of coal, signalled a possible weakening of its emissions target range and began the repeal of its carbon tax. The Canadian premier Stephen Harper called for other countries to follow suit’

Owen Paterson, Britain’s new Environment Secretary” ‘An ally of Mr Paterson insisted he was not a climate denier, but he wants more evidence. The friend added: “He has not bought into the deification of man-made global warming. He is a sceptic.” In 2007, Mr Paterson described wind farms as ridiculous, claiming they “demand vast amounts of public subsidy and do not work”.’

Roger Helmer, the UKIP MP who does not accept mainstream climate science

Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, was the co-sponsor of the [hissyfit over EU airline emissions fees] bill

Jack Rafuse, writes a whole column on the (fossil fuel) energy industry and taxes, and only mentions the word “climate” as part of the phrase “current economic climate”

The CEO of James River Coal Company says, “I had a dream the other day that Mitt Romney won the election and appointed Jim Inhofe as administrator of the EPA.”

Ross Douthat

Every single signatory to this:

John Mackey, Whole Foods: “I do think the climate is always changing – it’s never in a steady state. I’m sure we’ll be able to adapt to gradually rising temperatures. What I don’t want to see is the world’s economy wrecked by people’s fears – government intervention or regulation”

Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver: “…I would hope that when they see that there isn’t an environmental risk [to tar sand pipeline projects]…”

The late Margaret Thatcher.

E. Kirsten Peters “She argues that many of our fears should be directed to global cooling”

Harrison Schmitt and the Wall Street Journal

The Plain Dealer Editorial Board: Terrance C.Z. Egger, Debra Adams Simmons, Elizabeth Sullivan, Kevin O’Brien*, Sharon Broussard, Christopher Evans, Thomas Suddes


Will Wilkinson, “Dramatic warming may exact a terrible price in terms of human welfare, especially in poorer countries. But cutting emissions enough to put a real dent in warming may also put a real dent in economic growth. This could also exact a terrible humanitarian price, especially in poorer countries. … I have favoured waiting a decade or two in order to test and improve the empirical reliability of our climate models, while also allowing the economies of the less-developed parts of the world to grow unhindered” [The same day as this:]

Jonah Goldberg: we should “wait about thirty years … Get the [climate] models to work [and] wait for countries like India and China to get rich enough to forgo fossil fuels.” The Goldberg File

Peter Ferrara, director of entitlement and budget police at the Heartland Institute

Roger R. Geiger, National Federation of Independent Business

Tony Abott: “Mr Abbott promises as his first act of government to abolish the carbon tax that Labor introduced…”

Joe Manchin, a Democratic senator from West Virginia… Mr Manchin shot a proposed cap-and-trade bill in a campaign ad, and has accused the president of waging “war on America” with his climate-change policies)

UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson: “People get very emotional about this subject and I think we should just accept that the climate has been changing for centuries,”

Margareta Pagano: “drop the carbon price floor”

Everyone who took part in this

Joseph Bast, who is the President of the Heartland Institute; Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex) who I will remind you is the head of the House Science Committee


Claude Allegre, former director of the Institute for the Study of the Earth, University of Paris; J. Scott Armstrong, cofounder of the Journal of Forecasting and the International Journal of Forecasting; Jan Breslow, head of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism, Rockefeller University; Roger Cohen, fellow, American Physical Society; Edward David, member, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences; William Happer, professor of physics, Princeton; Michael Kelly, professor of technology, University of Cambridge, U.K.; William Kininmonth, former head of climate research at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology; Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric sciences, MIT; James McGrath, professor of chemistry, Virginia Technical University; Rodney Nichols, former president and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences; Burt Rutan, aerospace engineer, designer of Voyager and SpaceShipOne; Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. senator; Nir Shaviv, professor of astrophysics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Henk Tennekes, former director, Royal Dutch Meteorological Service; Antonio Zichichi, president of the World Federation of Scientists, Geneva.

The AFL-CIO, or at least its c. 2014 bosses

Attila Kilinc, professor of geochemistry at the University Of Cincinnati “EPA has [sic] promulgated greenhouse-gas standards for new power plants that no coal technology currently available could meet. And the agency intends to impose greenhouse-gas rules for operating power plants later this year. This is a nonsensical policy…”

[UK Chancellor George] “Osborne has been the person most responsible for undermining UK efforts to tackle climate change.”

“I will be one of those persons most cheering for an endless summer in Alaska,” Peter E. Slaiby, vice president of Shell
(See also:

Utah politician [Jerry Anderson] is angling to prevent his state from regulating greenhouse gas emissions because, he claims, we need more CO2 in the atmosphere, and not less

Houston Chronicle Editorial Board: US policy “must include construction of the Keystone XL pipeline”

Charles Krauthammer: climate change is not “settled science”.

Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore: “I am confident that history will bear me out, both in terms of the futility of relying on computer models to predict the future, and the fact that warmer temperatures are better than colder temperatures for most species”

Matt McGrath, BBC Environmental Correspondent, who bookends the 2014 IPCC report with:
Dissent among scientists over key climate impact report
Climate report: Creating a sense of urgency or alarm? []

Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF)… one of the world’s foremost bastions of contrariness

The BBC’s climate sceptics
Johnny Ball “Why are we scaring our kids to death? … It’s completely natural.”
Bob Carter “it’s hocus pocus science… The climate has always changed and it always will…”
Lord Lawson of Blaby
Andrew Montford

‘”So, when you guys do your research, you start with a scientific—what do they call it—postulate or theory, and you work from that direction forward, is that right?” Representative Randy Weber (R-TX) said. “So, I’m just wondering how that related, for example, to global warming and eventual global cooling.” He paused to make a joke about getting the scientists’ cell phone number so he could call to ask when to buy a coat, before concluding that science just isn’t up to the task.'”

The Daily Mail: “The Mail considers climate science to be a political issue and is of the view ‘that not every piece of science by every scientist should be reported as fact.’
the Mail on Sunday’s campaign to define climate change as a con trick

Craig Idso: For those concerned about climate change, [Idso, on behalf of] the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute offers up a calming solution: try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human

This is REALLY HELPFUL: “The argument has been shifting away from the view that the developed countries, who have been mainly responsible for the problem, should take leadership in solving it, to this centre-ground view that we are all in it together and we all have to do our share. In effect, this is shifting the burden onto the developing countries and is holding them down from developing; quite frankly this is reinforcing historical patterns of injustice and domination.” – Dr Chukwumerije Okereke
“…there are also historical emissions we have to take onboard,” said Dr Yacob Mulugetta from the University of Surrey

Google: “The Google-Heritage relationship soon blossomed — with benefits for both.”

Australia’s Cardinal George Pell “claimed carbon dioxide was “not a pollutant” and animals would not notice a doubling of atmospheric CO2. He said climate change campaigners were following a “mythology” …

Colin Robertson

Melissa McHenry, spokeswoman for American Electric Power “We believe any greenhouse gas regulations proposed for existing power plants need to be flexible,”

Senators Mary Landrieu, North Carolina’s Kay Hagen, Arkansas’s Mark Pryor, Alaska’s Mark Begich, Montana’s John Walsh and Virginia’s Mark Warner et al.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, run by appointees of Republican governor Rick Perry, has lashed out at the national climate assessment.
“It is clear that the science of global warming is far from settled,”

Wyoming, the nation’s top coal-producing state, is the first to reject new K-12 science standards proposed by national education groups mainly because of global warming components.
Board President Ron Micheli said the review will look into whether “we can’t get some standards that are Wyoming standards and standards we all can be proud of.”
Amy Edmonds, of the Wyoming Liberty Group, said teaching “one view of what is not settled science about global warming” is just one of a number of problems with the standards.
Gov. Matt Mead has called federal efforts to curtail greenhouse emissions a “war on coal” and has said that he’s skeptical about man-made climate change.

Restrictions on pollution “…not good for American consumers or businesses,” said Laura Sheehan, spokeswoman for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
“The National Mining Association, which represents large coal mining companies including Peabody Coal Co, Arch Coal Inc ACI.N, Alpha Natural Resources ANR.N and Cloud Peak Energy Inc CLD.N has spent $1 million on a radio and digital campaign” against pollution controls

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, who basically says go away, I don’t need information about this issue

the Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente. “In the ideal world of economic models, carbon taxes might be great,” she concludes. “But in the real world, they’re a loser.”

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey; Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett; Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor; et al.

Joel Watts with the West Virginia Coal Forum

Lenar Whitney, a Louisiana state representative running for Congress, has a video up in which she declares “Global warming is a hoax.”

Neil Record, a former Bank of England economist turned currency trader, and Conservative peer Lord Nigel Vinson have contributed financially to the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), which has become the most outspoken climate sceptic voice in Britain

Members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development [including] Dow Chemical, Monsanto, Shell, Duke Energy and BP [have] consistently lobbied against legally binding standards at every major United Nations environmental summit since the council was founded in 1992

Jagdeep Bachher, UC Regent’s Chief Investment Officer and regents

Brazilian government

Indian government, incl. environment minister, Prakash Javadekar: “What cuts? That’s for more developed countries.”

Coal magnate Robert Murray

Steve Koonin is the answer to a troublesome question facing the Journal’s opinion page editors: What you do if you want to continue obstructing progress on global warming pollution, but your usual stable of tame skeptics is starting to die off (Fred Seitz), retire from active research (Dick Lindzen), or discredit itself through serial scientific errors (John Christy) or by taking fanatical and manifestly untenable positions (Heartland Institute)?

[UK] Environment Secretary [Tory] Liz Truss says large-scale solar farms are “ugly” as she confirms plans to cut a taxpayer subsidy for the schemes.

Mary Landrieu

David Hockney

Richard Edelman

Jeff Darcy

“Increasing domestic production of coal will be a big step towards long-term energy security of India,” Indian power minister Piyush Goyal, who also holds the renewable energy portfolio, tweeted earlier this month

Willie Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, received a total of $1.25m from Exxon Mobil, Southern Company, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and a foundation run by the ultra-conservative Koch brothers

Richard Berman

“In 2013, following a two-year period of study and analysis the college chose not to divest from fossil fuels within its investment portfolio and this decision has remained unchanged since that time,” Gregory Brown, Swarthmore vice-president for finance and administration.

Laurence Tribe… has been the highest-profile legal scholar to criticize the Obama administration’s rules for carbon-dioxide emissions from coal plants… Tribe received an undisclosed fee from Peabody in exchange for writing his comment to the EPA

Thomas J. Coyne Jr.,

The fossil fuel advocacy group The Global Warming Policy Forum

Well-intentioned stupidity doesn’t get a pass: “Gimmicks like trading carbon credits as a financial commodity or burning coal in ‘cleaner’ power plants are distractions…” Janet Redman directs the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies

Let’s go after the carbon traders!

George Pell, the Australian cardinal who serves as the pope’s chief economic minister, is known to be a climate-change denier

“The ongoing rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide should be welcomed with opened arms,” Craig Idso, founder of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

First Energy CEO Chuck Jones, et al.
Even John Kasich, who has carved a niche on the far-left wing of his party’s presidential field for refusing to boycott the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare, has dismissed the scientific consensus as “some theory that’s not proven.”
Dana Rohrabacher, a member of the House Committee on Science and Technology, has claimed “global warming is a total fraud.” Lamar Smith, the chairman of that committee, has mocked the “malfunctioning climate models” designed by “climate alarmists.” James

Bill Walker: Humans do change the climate — but let’s stop demonizing CO2

Erik Telford

Doug Colafella, a spokesman for FirstEnergy Corp., which led last year’s charge against the [Ohio energy efficiency] mandates

Kevin Crutchfield, the chief executive officer of Alpha Natural Resources… one of the largest coal mining companies in America, has been secretly financing think tanks and political organizations that deny climate change. One of the people they funded, attorney Chris Horner, is well known for hounding climate scientists across the country.

Richard Keil, a spokesman for Exxon

Jim Justice,

Bill Gates

Vic Svec, Peabody’s senior vice-president for global investor and corporate relations; Richard Lindzen and Roy Spencer, two contrarian scientists who appeared for Peabody at hearings in Minnesota; Willie Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Soon has been funded almost entirely by the fossil fuel industry

[Jason] Kenney objects to Alberta’s carbon tax, and on Wednesday he was cheering on Brad Wall as the Saskatchewan premier repeated his objections to a national carbon tax. Wall argues that now is just not the right time for a carbon tax.

“the Atlantic’s Washington Editor Steve Clemons, who said he wasn’t able to find an opposing speaker [alongside two batshit crazy deniers].”
Lewis Finkel, a top lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute
Stephen Stromberg, an opinion writer moderating the panel for the Washington Post, registered his protest but quickly moved on.

Ken Salazar, and Hillary Clinton

Edward Helmore, who wrote a Guardian story covering Jill Stein’s recognition that climate change has reached a state of emergency… then spent four paragraphs reciting the unrelated and already thoroughly debunked non-controversy over supposed “antivax” statements… and had the temerity to begin this by stating that “getting the Greens’ message out remains problematic”!

Robert Murray of the Murray Energy Corporation is a high-profile defender of the coal industry

Myron Ebell is chairman of the Cooler Heads Coalition, a group of climate change denialists and alarmists

Ohio Coal magnate Robert Murray helped Trump win the White House

Barack “All of the Above” Obama?

James Delingpole, a columnist who has made a career out of insult-laden polemics against climate science
[Daily Mail’s] David Rose—who also has a long history of writing deeply misleading stories about climate science

Everyone who cast a vote for Trump

Ben Miller

Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians

Samuel Alito

Scott Pruitt and every Senator who voted to make him Director of the EPA. Including “Democrats” Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp

Robert Murray, founder and chief executive of Murray Energy

Mark Gray and Michael Barbaro

Nestlé also still employs Peter Brabeck, a climate denier, as its chairman. “Climate change is an intrinsic part of the development of the world,” he said in 2014. “Since the world has existed we have had climate changes and we will have climate change as long as the world exists. … For me the issue is more about what can we do in order to adapt to climate change and perhaps to try to gain more time.”

Thanks a lot for changing your mind Jerry Taylor–but you’re still an asshole who contributed to immeasurable harm

The NY Times’ Bret Stephens
Plus Jack Schafer

Sen. Rand Paul: tearing up Paris Agreement is great news for the economy and could save as many as 6 million jobs

the National Association of Manufacturers and the Industrial Energy Consumers of America

Laborers International Union of N. America

CEOs Praised For Backing the Paris Accord Also Funded Lobbyists Pushing Trump to Withdraw. Andrew N. Liveris, the chief executive of Dow; Corning chief Wendell Weeks both help fund Industrial Energy Consumers of America

Travis Fisher, Shaylyn Hynes, Brian McCormack, Brandt Hershman, Jeffrey Ostermayer

Charles McConnell, who used to be assistant secretary for fossil fuels at the Department of Energy and now works at Rice to “forge new public and private partnerships and to expand Rice’s existing relationships with companies like Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and BP”

in February, the conservative UK tabloid Mail on Sunday ran an error-riddled piece by David Rose attacking NOAA climate scientists, who had published data and a paper showing that there was never a global warming pause. The attack was based on an interview with former NOAA scientist John Bates, who subsequently admitted about his comments: “I knew people would misuse this. But you can’t control other people.”

The creators of Kingsman, “literally a movie about how environmentalism is a secret plot by liberal elites to kill off billions of ordinary people.”

Ohio Rep. Bill Seitz: “There will be no wind farms!” he said, with satisfaction
state senator Kris Jordan; Sam Randazzo, general counsel for a consortium of electricity purchasers large and small called the Industrial Energy Users of Ohio

Australia’s delegation has argued that “there is no clear understanding of what a conflict of interest is and it means different things to different people” and that fossil fuel companies were “the providers of the biggest and best solutions”.

Across the political spectrum, Alaskan officials agree that climate change is real and demands urgent action. But they also believe the best way to shore up the state’s finances is more fossil fuels.

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Robert Dunlop, late President of the Sun Oil Company and a director of the American Petroleum Institute

Opponents of Proposition 6, including Diane Harkey: “This is just fraud. It’s forcing you to take bikes, get on trains, hose off at the depot and try to get to work. That does not work. That does not work with my hair and heels. I cannot do that and I will not do that.”

Democrats including Frank Pallone, Henry Cuellar, and Peter DeFazio–who said IN 2018 that “The idea that in five years or 10 years we’re not going to consume any more fossil fuels is technologically impossible,”

Whoever at CNN decided to hire/keep paying Rick Santorum to applaud the Trump administration for trying to bury a report on climate change

Plus the people at so many networks who basically enable the same bullshit from guest after guest, when they bother to discuss climate at all
Such as CNN, MSNBC…

Sen. Susan Collins “supported” climate legislation under GWB when it had no chance. When Dems took control in 2009 and action on climate finally seemed possible, she voted to bottle it up saying: “It’s a complicated issue to tackle at a time when the economy is weak.”

Lawyer David Schnare has made a career of suing and harassing climate scientists, abusing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to demand masses of scientists’ emails and wasting people’s time.

Steven Phillips

During an interview with CBC, the new US ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, claimed she believes “both sides” of climate science.

Andrew Wheeler, after rolling back pollution regulations, claimed that “coal is the cheapest form of electricity and cheap electricity helps the environment.”

Polish trade union Solidarity issues joint statement with denialist US think-tank the Heartland Institute, saying “there is no scientific consensus on the main causes and consequences of climate change”

Sheldon Adelson

Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988

Most of the Wyoming House of Representatives

The Trump administration’s “climate lysenkoism” is being led by William Happer

Doug Ford and Ontario’s Conservative Party

Richard Trumka. The Green New Deal decries “antilabor policies” and says it must be fleshed out with input from “frontline and vulnerable communities, labor unions, [and] worker cooperatives,” with the goal of creating “high-quality union jobs.” [Yet] the leader of the national AFL-CIO — the largest federation of labor unions in the United States, representing more than 12.5 million workers — recently came out against the proposal.
Also Cecil Roberts, Lonnie Stephenson, Phil Smith

Vivian Kraus’s so called research is full of inaccuracies and conspiracy theories that are simply not true.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Justin Trudeau

Harold Hamm

Frank Luntz is famous for (among other things) a 2002 memo to George W. Bush telling Republicans how to talk their way around the environmental issues, which contains this notorious passage: “Voters believe that there is no consensus about global warming within the scientific community. Should the public come to believe that the scientific issues are settled, their views about global warming will change accordingly. Therefore, you need to continue to make the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue in the debate.”

Every Ohio state rep and state senator who voted for House Bill 6 in 2019, and the governor who signed it: Niraj J. Antani (R), Brian Baldridge (R), John Becker (R), Louis W. Blessing III (R), Tom Brinkman (R), Jim Butler (R), Jamie Callender (R), Sara Carruthers (R), Jack Cera (D), Jon Cross (R), Robert R. Cupp (R), Jay Edwards (R), Tavia Galonski (D), Haraz N. Ghanbari (R), Doug Green (R), Diane V. Grendell (R), Stephen D. Hambley (R), Brett Hudson Hillyer (R), Adam Holmes (R), James M. Hoops (R), Larry Householder (R), Catherine D. Ingram (D), Don Jones (R), Kris Jordan (R), Darrell Kick (R), Jeff LaRe (R), George F. Lang (R), P. Scott Lipps (R), Don Manning (R), Derek Merrin (R), Scott Oelslager (R), John Patterson (D), Thomas F. Patton (R), Rick Perales (R), Phil Plummer (R), Bill Reineke (R), Tracy Richardson (R), Bill Roemer (R), John M. Rogers (D), Gary Scherer (R), William Seitz (R), Michael Sheehy (D), Todd Smith (R), Lisa Sobecki (D), Dick Stein (R), Terrence Upchurch (D), A. Nino Vitale (R), Thomas West (D), Scott Wiggam (R), Shane Wilkin (R), Paul Zeltwanger (R)
Andrew O. Brenner (R), Dave Burke (R), Matt Dolan (R), John Eklund (R), Teresa Fedor (D), Theresa Gavarone (R), Bob D. Hackett (R), Frank Hoagland (R), Jay Hottinger (R), Matt Huffman (R), Peggy Lehner (R), Larry Obhof (R), Bob Peterson (R), Tim Schaffer (R), Kirk Schuring (R), Lou Terhar (R), Sandra R. Williams (D), Steve Wilson (R), Kenny Yuko (D)

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun columnist and Sky News commentator used his significant platform to launch grotesque personal attacks on climate activist Greta Thunberg

Tom Perez

Tony Heller

Sam Randazzo

David Legates

Sen. Diane Feinstein

Rep. Tim Ryan

Alberta PM Jason Kenney

Everyone complaining about cancellation of the KeystoneXL pipeline as though there isn’t a climate crisis happening right now and instead the only requirement to cease fossil fuel use is that a transition get finished “some day” decades from now (by which time Earth will be a living Hell)

Andy Weir (Industrial civilization should be acutely concerned with the accelerating global temperature rise—so a bestselling author has helpfully released a new novel about the threat of an ice age and desperate hopes for heat trapping gasses to save us)

Even if none of these people is ever held accountable, history should villify their memory for as long as people exist.

The following articles include somewhat more organized attempts to survey the field and establish priorities for blame.

“We are all responsible, but the people who have denied the science and the solutions own a special responsibility that history will judge harshly.”

The real impact comes on the industrial level, as more than 70 percent of global emissions come from just 100 companies. So you, a random American consumer, exert very little pressure here. The people who are actively cranking up the global thermostat and threatening to drown 20 percent of the global population are the billionaires in the boardrooms of these companies.

The US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Farm Bureau, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the American Petroleum Institute — these names strike fear in the hearts of members of Congress. They have enormous, well-funded lobbying arms and links to dark-money groups that can mobilize against any politician who crosses them.
Among other things, these groups have helped completely block climate policy at the federal level.

more than 50 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced to: China (state coal production), Aramco, Gazprom, National Iranian Oil, ExxonMobil, Coal India, Pemex, Russia (state coal production), Shell, China National Petroleum, BP, Chevron, PDVSA, Abu Dhabi National Oil, Poland Coal, Peabody Energy, Sonatrach, Kuwait Petroleum, Total, BHP Billiton, ConocoPhilips, Petrobras, Lukoil, RioTinto, Nigerian National Petroleum.

US conservatives are engaged in a hopeless and purely dilatory effort to preserve the hegemony of fossil fuels. They are throwing sand in the gears, as much out of spite and habit as any coherent alternative worldview. They will go down in history as delaying the inevitable climate effort, ensuring marginally more suffering in exchange for a little more time for fossil fuels to operate unrestricted.

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