Polygraph the Polluters!

  • Posted on: 8 January 2010
  • By: admin

Helping Polluters Pass the Polygraph

Yesterday, PolluterWatch Director Kert Davies wrote letters to the heads of the dirty energy industry's top front groups, asking them to submit to a polygraph test to help prove their innocence in the illegal hacking of emails between climate scientists at the University of East Anglia.

These are the 7 esteemed polluter propagandists we asked to take a polygraph test proving their innocence:

Dr. Patrick Michaels
Senior Fellow in Environmental Studies, The Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20001
Fax (202) 842-3490

Mr. Timothy Phillips
President, Americans for Prosperity
2111 Wilson Blvd, Ste. 350
Arlington, VA 22201
Fax (703) 224-3201

Dr. Edwin Feulner
President, The Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington DC 20002-4999
Fax 202.546.8328

Mr. David Nott
President, The Reason Foundation
1747 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Fax: (202) 315-3623

Mr. Joseph L. Bast
President, The Heartland Institute
19 South LaSalle Street #903
Chicago, IL 60603
Fax: 312-377-5000

Mr. Myron Ebell
Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy, Competitive Enterprise Institute
1899 L St. NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: 202-331-0640

Dr. Arthur C. Brooks
President, American Enterprise Institute
1150 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
Fax: 202-862-7177

Feel free to call them all and ask them to submit to a polygraph test.

And the text of the letter is below:

Mr. Philips,

As you know, sometime last year, emails between a few of the world’s top practicing climate scientists were illegally hacked from the servers of the University of East Anglia. Polluting industries and their front groups distorted some cherry-picked language from the emails in an aggressive, new propaganda campaign.

That effort was designed to sow confusion among Americans that the wide and deep scientific consensus behind climate change isn’t so solid. Whatever was spent on the hackers and distribution and media strategy around this campaign, it certainly paid off for people like you and the coal and oil companies that bankroll your front group. At a time when we need swift action in response to what the scientific consensus says about global warming, a recent Washington Post survey shows a drop in Americans’ confidence in the science, resulting in a distracted response from policy makers.

Given the national security and green jobs stakes in solving climate change, whoever commissioned the hackers has inflicted very serious damage to efforts to revive the American economy in a sustainable way, get us off of fossil fuel supplies too often controlled by foreign dictators, and stave off a climate crisis that is one of the gravest threats humanity has ever faced.

It’s a perversion of public confidence, given the increasingly solid and alarming global scientific consensus. In fact, we’ve been unable to find any credentialed, peer-reviewed climate scientist who hasn’t been on a polluting industry’s payroll (directly or indirectly) who doesn’t support the conclusions of the panel of thousands of scientists who contribute to the conservative assessment reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

It is important that those responsible be held accountable for the theft of the East Anglia emails, and the attack on public confidence. We want to do our part to help international law enforcement get to the bottom of this potentially criminal act by putting some basic questions to people whose banks accounts, propaganda efforts or influence peddling interests benefited from the theft.

* On what date did you first learn of the existence of the stolen emails?

* Do you approve of the theft of these emails?

* Did you pay or do you know who paid hackers to steal the East Anglia emails?

Would you be willing to answer these questions during a polygraph test, at our expense?

Will you release a comprehensive list of your front group’s contractors and funders so we can ask them similar questions?

On a related note, do you know of a practicing peer-reviewed climate scientist who has never been paid, directly or indirectly, by the coal, oil, gas, or nuclear industries who disagrees with the basic findings of the IPCC?

We are posing these questions to roughly a dozen lobbyists, front group spokespeople and polluting industry executives as an assist to international and domestic law enforcement officials. We plan to provide what we learn, including evasion and non-answers, to them.

You can contact me at kert.davies@greenpeace.org. Thank you for your prompt response.

Kert Davies
PolluterWatch Director