More reaction to the sharply criticalletterthatRepublicanSen.Olympia J. Snowe of Maine and Democratic Sen.JohnD.RockefellerIVofWestVirginiasentrecentlytoRexW.Tillerson, otherwise welcoming him to his new post as chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp.
The remainder of the three-page letter, shall we say, blasted a socalled “climate-change denial strat- egy carried out by and for Exxon Mobil” against global warming — the senators accusing the oil giant of being “the primary funder of no fewerthan29climate-changedenial front groups in 2004 alone.”
The bipartisan pair went so far as to request that Mr. Tillerson “publicly acknowledge both the reality of the climate change and the role of humans in causing or exacerbating it,” even absent scientific proof of such a cause.
Now, one prominent Washington group is stepping forward to acknowledge receiving “modest funding from the energy sector, including from Exxon Mobil,” although the National Center for Public Policy Research says such funding has never exceeded 1 percent of annual expenditures.
Andwhileit“recognizesboththat globaltemperatureshaverisenover the past 150 years and that anthropogenic greenhouse-gas emissions contributetothegreenhouseeffect,” the center calls attention to competingscientificdataofthecausesof global warming, and therefore believes that any anthropogenic signature is “likely to be modest.”
And who can say they aren’t right?
Nicolas Copernicus, as the center points out, was condemned for suggesting that the sun, rather than the earth, was the center of our universe. Giordano Bruno, meanwhile, was persecuted and ultimately burned at the stake for arguing that space extended beyond our solar system. And William Harvey was ridiculed by leading medical authorities of his day for suggesting that the heart was the center of the body’s circulatory system.
“Copernicus, Bruno and Harvey were persecuted out of fear,” it notes. “Each ultimately was proven to be correct.”
As for Sens. Snowe and Rockefeller,thecenterchargesthey“areengaginginpersecutionoftheirown,attempting to silence dissenting voices [. . .] and, as such, should be condemnedbyAmericansofallpolitical persuasions — both left and right.”