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7. K&R. So sad how strong corporate propaganda is in the USA.
That corporations like Exxon Mobil and Koch Industries can pour millions into PR campaigns to sow doubt about climate change and be so successful at it, to the detriment of our whole country and future. It bothers me that people can be so unpatriotic that they allow our country to get so far behind the community of nations addressing these global problems, letting us be bullied and beguiled by expensive, multi-dimensional PR campaigns, which probably include funding to weaken our science education by encouraging privatization, home schooling, and creationism.

How sad that the fancy PR has gotten people to feel perfectly fine about jumping up to say --HEY-- the climate changes due to sun spots and volcanic action too-- as though that means industrial pollution has not caused serious atmospheric deterioration that has warmed our atmosphere and oceans to dangerous levels. Kind of like saying Hey, asbestos causes cancer too, so golly, cigarettes may not be so bad.

I really admired the way that Al Gore debunked the "there have always been heating & cooling cycles in nature" argument by showing a timeline of heating and cooling, from thousands of years ago up to the industrial age when he had to bring up a ladder to trace the heating and cooling cycles at much hotter high and low points since then. But after his movie came out there was some guerrilla PR to make fun of "Al Gore's hockey stick" to belittle his definitive charting.

Our stupid conservative owned TV news media have really helped the right wing climate change denying with their fake balance. Where they should be assembling a panel of a few scientists all working on climate change to talk about different approaches to solving the problems, instead they seek out one of the deranged professional deniers (often supported by fossil fuel money) to be on their panel with the earnest scientists, which means that the discussion needs to be dragged back down to the level we were at 30 years ago. Before Reagan told us it was "morning in America" and we didn't have to bother with that annoying recycling and conservation stuff.

Morning in America led to hell overseas, with wars to protect Our Oil.

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