Andrea Saul: Romney Campaign Advisor, Climate Change Disinformer

by Kert Davies

As news organizations cover the relationship between climate and extreme weather in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, we also need to consider the people attempting to misinform and distort the link. One name comes to mind: Andrea Saul.

Saul happens to be Mitt Romney’s campaign press secretary.

A Greenpeace investigation on Andrea Saul began this year when a sharp ex-journalist tipped us on anti-climate science press releases sent his way while Saul worked for the lobbyists DCI Group several years ago.  Upon further digging, it was clear that Saul played a key role in an Exxon-funded campaign to subvert global warming science — running counter-ops specifically denying any connection between global warming and hurricanes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Saul worked with a DCI Tech Central Station team that created fake TV newcasts that “reported” no connection between hurricanes and climate change.  These tapes were distributed to Gulf state TV stations. The Saul tape and a Mississippi newscast that aired the piece were preserved by the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Watch it:

Unlike Saul’s collection of climate deniers, real scientists say this is dead wrong. There is indeed a link between stronger hurricanes like Sandy and global warming.

So how has Saul used her background in climate disinformation to help run the Romney campaign? Here are some of the things she said while speaking for the Governor:

From a July 2011 Politico story:

“Gov. Romney does not think greenhouse gases are pollutants within the meaning of the Clean Air Act, and he does not believe that the EPA should be regulating them,” said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. “CO2 is a naturally occurring gas. Humans emit it every time they exhale.” 

Romney was once an advocate of climate action while Governor of Massachusetts. But he has since flipped on the issue. Ms. Saul responded to critique of Mitt’s Romnesia on global warming as reported on NPR in October, 2011:

“This is ridiculous. Governor Romney’s view on climate change has not changed. He believes it’s occurring, and that human activity contributes to it, but he doesn’t know to what extent… Maybe the bigger threat is all the hot air coming from career politicians who are desperate to hold on to power.”

This is the moment to come together, address climate change, and come up with real solutions to prevent storms like Sandy from becoming worse.

Kert Davies is Greenpeace’s Research Director.

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4 Responses to Andrea Saul: Romney Campaign Advisor, Climate Change Disinformer

  1. Mel T says:

    Saul on Fox: no link between climate and hurricanes

  2. Paul Klinkman says:

    I see cheaply manufactured fraud science all over the place, like spam ads for fake Rolex watches. I see the stuff popping up on many forums and comments areas. Exxon may not have any actual science, but it has done a thorough job of hiring full-time bloggers to waste honest people’s time and energy online as effectively as they can.

  3. squidboy6 says:

    While the piece spoke of the hurricanes in the Gulf much of the footage of the sea and the bay was Santa Monica Bay on the West Coast, the Pacific Ocean. Most cyclones hit the other side of the ocean or they’re found off Baja California and not Santa Monica Bay (which gets weather during the Winter and early Spring mostly). Their dishonesty is thorough and complete.

  4. Ozonator says:

    Trying to harvest their greased pig, the Looter Limbaugh-types now chant that President Obama has failed their AGW victims. They have not been provided windmills and solar panels while stranded in deluxe apartments in the sky due to Sandy. In theory, half of the still flooded Hoboken could be powered if the extremist media outlets extolling their listeners to loot (from this world and the next) had a windmill attached to his microphone and a solar array underneath their stools. However, they seemingly want to provide each powerless family to fit in a 30 gallon ice chest & nuke plant only if it was offset with subsidies to EssoKoch and marketed by the NRA’s death-ray division as instructed in the Bible. “Revelation 16:8 … was given power to scorch people with fire” (Bible;