Now I've Seen Everything
Jan 20, 2011 at 2:30 AM
Amy Ridenour in Business, Climate, Environment, Liberals

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The left-wing DeSmogBlog website, which exists to slander people who disagree with Al Gore, is finally admitting that people who do not agree with Gore on global warming honestly disagree, and aren't just being paid to disagree by corporations:
...McCright & Dunlap argue that while corporate interests may once have seemed front-and-center in spurring resistance to climate science, at this point it's becoming increasingly apparent that ideological motivations are actually the primary motivator. Or as they put it: "conservative movement opposition to climate science and policy has a firm ideological base that supersedes the obvious desire for corporate funding."

Time was when defending climate research was all about finding out which conservative think tanks were being funded by Exxon Mobil. Or more recently, by the Koch brothers. And there's certainly a lot of special interest influence out there. But McCright and Dunlap argue that we should focus on the power of conservative, free market and anti-regulatory ideology first and foremost. In other words, the corporate funding, when it occurs, may be more a symptom of what's going on than the root cause.

Why? Well, first, Dunlap and McCright note that "conservative think tanks increased their opposition to climate science and the IPCC, even as major portions of industry were reducing theirs." And I don't think there's any denying it...

Welcome to the reality-based community, DeSmogBlog. You took a long time to get here; here's hoping you can stick around.

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