Posted by Diane Farsetta on November 29, 2007

"You can only hear that the sky is falling so many times," said Kentucky Representative Jim Gooch, explaining why he only invited global warming skeptics with no scientific background to address state legislators on climate issues. Gooch, the Kentucky Democrats' chief environmental strategist, is "a longtime ally of the coal industry." His invitees were James Taylor, a fellow with the Heartland Institute, a think tank partially funded by ExxonMobil; and Lord Christopher Monckton, an adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who once suggested that HIV / AIDS patients "be locked up for life." During the Kentucky hearing, "Monckton quoted the Bible and quickly recited math formulas as he accused [Nobel laureates Al] Gore and IPCC scientists of lying to make warming seem worse than it is." Taylor claimed that "most scientists don't believe in global warming," and that hotter weather would allow "our children" to "enjoy an Earth with far more plant and animal life." After protests by legislators, Gooch allowed "two environmentalists in the audience talk about global warming ... for about five minutes each."

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This report just proves again that the only way for right wingers to keep their hate-filled fantasy world alive is to invite pseudo-scientists and professional liars who promote their propaganda machine. What a sad life those people have.

The problem is that we have created too many phony crises. The obesity crisis, the cholestoral crisis, the restless leg syndrome crisis which is so much pharma marketing. People don't know what to believe anymore. I am saddened when I go to Prison Planet because that site does bring attention to the growing dictatorship in this country. Conspiracies do exist as I saw with my own eyes in CA. Jones is in complete denial of global warming though, which makes me lose respect for him. But I know so many people in real life who have been manipulated so many times, they are wary of any more restrictions. People should save their hysteria for things like environmental destruction that do matter and stop harping about lessor issues!