Because it worked so well for cigarettes, doubt automatically became the weapon of choice for the agrochemical and fossil fuel industries. Doubt Is Their Product by David Michaels is a wonderful book and thesis on the deliberate manipulation of the public’s understanding of the risks of smoking. The whole concept has come to be called “Perception Management”. It is an incredibly powerful tool. And Perception Management has become a highly paid art form. Read the review on the book at Amazon.com. It makes the image they sell clear. I knew people personally that were in the tobacco industry. Most of them tended to believe their own advertising and public relations departments, quite probably to allay their own personal feelings of guilt The people in the fossil fuel industries, and I believe the agrochemical industries use the same advertising and public relations companies and even the same tamed “scientific experts” who are called in to give credence to any suitable an acceptable theme the corporations decide to promote. It’s acknowledged in the industry that the most nullifying counter to perception management is to have the reader wary of the “information” he’s reading about. Perception management doesn’t work at all if the information is not blindly taken at face value. Here I intend to just report my suspicions on reference articles as they appear. Then you be the judge.
Paris Summit on Climate Change December 2015 Over 190 members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have signed – and 81 have ratified – the Paris agreement. That sounds very positive but those representatives from the 190 countries were manipulated professionally. They just weren’t given the chance to look for alternatives. Nobody could, so nobody wanted to “buck the system”. What a shame. To me it would appear that — Paris Summit on Climate Change was a win-win for fossil fuels and agrochemicals. You decide. This is what those hundreds of delegates, at a huge cost to all agreed to; —— in essence it means ——————— a] try to stay below 2 deg C b] learn to adapt but don’t be short on food c] throw lots of money around on low emissions hypotheticals. Plus we should all learn to live with climate change (It seems,stopping it and fixing it, was not a consideration === This is my comment- and that of most people I spoke to agree) So you decide: This is from the report ——— Officially, last year’s Paris summit was the 21st session of the UNFCCC membership, and the conference had been working towards this deal for more than 20 years. As Article 2 of the UN Paris agreement states, its objectives are three-fold: “(a) Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change; (b) Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production; (c) Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development. Signatory countries also aim to reach “global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible.” ============== (please note – this has nothing to do with the,very worth while, French “4 per mille imitative” .
3 15 January 2017 update
Look up Aliso Canyon Gas Leak on Wikipedia. it’s in Southern California. From October 2015 to February 2016 there was a methane gas “leak” from a huge natural gas storage facility. This facility is located within the Country of Los Angles. The methane leak is the equivalent of a 10,000,000 tonne carbon dioxide atmospheric build up in the air for a ten year period. After many decades methane gas breaks down in the atmosphere into carbon dioxide. In a hundred years it’s “only” 20 times as bad as carbon dioxide. The leak was really a massive blow out, but more conveniently described by the friendly media as just a “leak”. The Wikipedia entry also notes that “By comparison, the entire rest of the South Coast Air Basin combined emits approximately 413,000 tonnes of methane and 23,000 tonnes of ethane annually.”
We should note that for ten years after release methane is 100 times worse a greenhouse gas as is carbon dioxide itself. The coal seam gas and shale gas energy systems are, at their very best, no more harmful than coal and often up to more than 5 times as deadly as is using coal to power our cities. After 20 years it’s only 84 times as bad as CO2