Please click here to read my Salon piece, “Don’t Believe the Fossil-Fuel Lies.”
Last week, Michael Shellenberger, President of The Breakthrough Institute (TBI), wrote “Obama’s Climate Suicide Threat.” He argued that Waxman’s and Obama’s embrace of making polluters pay for global warming pollution through a carbon cap — along with the Obama EPA’s pursuit of regulatory standards after finding CO2 a threat to Americans’ health and welfare — was political suicide for progressive politicians.
No wonder the uber-conservative deniers at the Competitive Enterprise Institute started praising and quoting the analysis in their own attacks on climate action. Yesterday, Salon published an updated version, with TBI’s Ted Nordhaus added as coauthor: “Obama is just blowing smoke: The White House says it’s serious about climate change. But its plan to regulate carbon emissions is doomed to fail.”
Now what is astounding about those two TBI pieces — beyond the myriad misstatements and disinformation they contain — is that in an October 2007 online debate with them, I was able to get Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus to admit (click here):
Romm asks if we embrace Obama’s plan. Not only do we embrace it, we’ve been advocating such a plan since 2002 … Obama’s energy plan, like the plan that we outline below, recognizes the need for regulatory standards and a cap on emissions.
Mind-boggling. Just 18 months ago, Shellenberger and Nordhaus endorsed a plan — heck, they said it was their plan all along — that they now label as not serious, as political suicide and as doomed to fail.
The Waxman-Markey Bill is almost identical to what Obama campaigned on. Turns out Shellenberger and Nordhaus were for the Obama plan before before they were against it.
Both TBI pieces are filled with misstatements and disinformation that will warm the hearts of any anti-scientific conservative looking for ammunition to undermine climate action, starting with TBI’s attacks on Rep. Henry Waxman and his appearance on PBS’ The Tavis Smiley Show: