Comcast, FedEx, GM, Honda, Microsoft, TimeWarner, Toyota (!), Visa, VW, and WalMart — these are among the brand name companies who support the global warming denial promoted by the Cato Institute (full list below).
Many of you have probably now seen that absurd anti-scientific denier ad Cato is spending big bucks to put in major newspapers. “The New York Times ad alone would have cost over $150,000, based on the newspaper’s published ad rates,” notes one article.
The ad attacks President Obama and the whole notion of strong climate action with studies that don’t even support its basic premise — see New study quoted by Cato deniers concludes “warming over the 21st century may well be larger than that predicted by the current generation of models” and RealClimate’s excellent post (here).
The ad’s premise — “We, the undersigned scientists, maintain that the case for alarm regarding climate change is grossly overstated” — has been utterly debunked by the most comprehensive and up-to-date scientific research in the past two years (see “M.I.T. doubles its projection of global warming by 2100 to 5.1°C and “Hadley Center warns of catastrophic 5-7°C warming by 2100 on current emissions path” and “Recent observations confirm … the worst-case IPCC scenario trajectories (or even worse) are being realised” — 1000 ppm).”
If we listen to Cato and the ad’s signatories, we are sure to destroy a livable climate for our children and their children and the next fifty generations (see “Intro to impacts: Hell and High Water“).
So I thought as a matter public service, you’d like to see the corporate sponsors of Cato, whose money goes to support its efforts, including this ad and their general disinformation effort (see “The intellectual bankruptcy of the Cato Institute“).
If you want to boycott their products, or write them letters, or anything else — I leave that up to you. Here is the most recent list of corporate sponsors from Cato’s most recent (2007) annual report:
- Altria Corporate Services Inc.
- American Petroleum Institute.
- Amerisure Companies.
- Comcast Corp.
- Consumer Electronics Association.
- FedEx Corp.
- Freedom Communications Inc.
- General Motors Corp.
- Honda North America Inc.
- Mazda North America Operations.
- Microsoft Corporation.
- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
- TimeWarner Inc.
- Toyota Motor Corp.
- UST Inc.
- Visa USA Inc.
- Volkswagen of America Inc.
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Personally, I find it unconscionable that so many companies trying to brand themselves as green or mainstream would fund as extreme a group as Cato.
What do you think?
If anyone takes a specific action, please do post it below.