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Senators practice Stalinism

You remember Joseph Stalin don’t you? He was the Russian Communist Dictator who controlled Russian businesses through his use of force, propaganda, and fear. He, like many other dictators, used the force of Government to silence opposing viewpoints. To allow such view points to exist in the arena of public debate would undermine his propaganda machine and, ultimately, his power.

Well, two Senators have participated in an anti-capitalist, anti-free thought campaign which reflects many of the controlling policies of Stalinism. The issue that these Senators were spearheading was the popular myth of Global Warming.

In October, John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) sent a letter to the new CEO of Exxon-Mobil, Rex Tillerson. In this letter, the Senators made a “request” of Exxon-Mobil…“Stop Denying Global Warming.”

The Senators were clever, in that, they never made a threatening statement of retribution if Exxon-Mobil did not comply with their request. But, since Congress controls the tax status of America’s corporations, the threat is implied.

They claim that the scientific proof behind Global Warming is “undeniable,” and that funding global warming “deniers” hurts America’s standing in the world. In their own words:

“We are persuaded that the climate change denial strategy carried out by and for ExxonMobil has helped foster the perception that the United States is insensitive to a matter of great urgency for all of mankind, and has thus damaged the stature of our nation internationally. It is our hope that under your leadership, ExxonMobil would end its dangerous support of the ‘deniers.’”


To Rockefeller and Snowe, anyone who has scientific evidence that rejects the idea of global warming, and engages in intellectual debate is only hurting America by going against the “consensus.”

I think this is my favorite paragraph:

“Climate change denial has been so effective because the “denial community” has mischaracterized the necessarily guarded language of serious scientific dialogue as vagueness and uncertainty. Mainstream media outlets, attacked for being biased, help lend credence to skeptics’ views, regardless of their scientific integrity, by giving them relatively equal standing with legitimate scientists. ExxonMobil is responsible for much of this bogus scientific “debate” and the demand for what the deniers cynically refer to as ‘sound science.’”


So, if a credible scientist publishes a report which debunks the myth of global warming (and several credible scientists have done just that), Rockefeller and Snowe want to see them banned from any media attention, and lended no credence by interested parties, such as ExxonMobil. They want them silenced.

The only truth to Rockefeller and Snowe is THEIR truth. All debate on the issue of Global Warming must come to a halt, because they demand it. To them, the issue has been proven to their satisfaction, and no more discussion on the matter must be allowed. Also, anyone who sides with, or gives aid to such deniers, must publicly repent of their sins and change their evil ways. You think I’m making that last part up, don’t you?

“We would recommend that ExxonMobil publicly acknowledge both the reality of climate change and the role of humans in causing or exacerbating it.

Second, ExxonMobil should repudiate its climate change denial campaign and make public its funding history.

Finally, we believe that there would be a benefit to the United States if one of the world’s largest carbon emitters headquartered here devoted at least some of the money it has invested in climate change denial pseudo-science to global remediation efforts.”


They “recommend” that Exxon-Mobil public acknowledge the “undeniable truth” that we are destroying the world (i.e. publicly repent of their sins) and devote its finances to curbing the “well-documented” causes of global warming (i.e. change their evil ways).

It is absolutely amazing that these two Senators would use their position as Government officials to silence a scientific debate and force policy changes on a PRIVATE business. And what is the basis for their decision?

“The scientific consensus on climate change”

You might be interested to know that within the scientific community, there is NO consensus on global warming. Many climate experts do believe that man is causing global warming through its increased use of fossil fuels and addition of green house gases to the atmosphere.

However, there are many other climate experts who believe that any warming of the planet (which adds up to an average of 1 degree during the 20th century), can be attributed to fluctuations in the heat emitted by the Sun. This evidence can account for warmer global temperatures during Medieval times as well as melting ice caps on Mars.

The truth is that there are scientists on both sides with strong evidence to support their beliefs. Yet, Rockefeller and Snowe write off those who disagree with them as “deniers” and pushers of “pseudo-science.” They believe in silencing those who want to continue the debate, and controlling the policies of American businesses who defy them.

Is this the role of Government?



P.S. You might also be interested to know that the same scientists warning us of Global Warming are the same ones who were warning us back in the 1970s of Global Cooling.

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