JOHN HOLDREN: Well, the denial movement has flourished, in part, because of the preoccupation of the media with balance and with controversy. And so, if you have 3,000 scientists working for years and producing a report that says our considered opinion is the climate is changing by this much, it's changing this fast, it's having these effects, and you have two or three so-called denialists or a few small think tanks, some of which were certainly funded by Exxon, saying the opposite, they get equal time. The deniers get equal time in the newspapers, on the television.
Another problem is that a denier can tell a lie in a single sentence that takes a scientist three paragraphs to rebut, but the scientist never gets the three paragraphs in the sound bite culture that our media represent. And so, the denialists, even though they are small in number, they have no credible arguments, very few of them have any scientific credentials, get attention out of all proportion to their credentials, the merit of their arguments, and that delays the generation of public understanding and political will to do the things we need to do to address this challenge. There are a lot of things we can do, but we have been delaying doing them, in part because the so-called skeptics, or more accurately deniers or denialists, have basically obscured reality for much of the public and indeed for many of our policymakers.
So, here we are with the Bush administration encouraging the Iraqis to increase the production of fuel from 1.5 million barrels per day to 4.5. That's a huge increase. It's heading in the wrong direction. We don't need more gasoline, etc. We need solar, wind, geothermal, etc.
Also, the Bush administration has increased the push for oil and gas and coal while it has worked against solar and wind and the other smart sources versus the stupid sources that stupid people chase.
Bush and the other people who are more interested in lining their pockets than in taking care of the whole house (Earth) is pushing for more and more drilling and mining and mountain-top removal and coal burning and nuclear waste, etc. It's insanity. It's death of the flesh and soul.
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