and there’s no proven link between cigarettes and lung cancer

Ah, the joys of science, according to lobbyists and ad campaigns funded by powerful oilmen:

A little girl blows away dandelion fluff as an announcer says, “Carbon dioxide: they call it pollution; we call it life,” in an advertisement targeting global warming “alarmists,” especially Al Gore.

The television ads, screened for the press on Wednesday and set to air in 14 U.S. cities starting on Thursday, are part of a campaign by the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute to counter a media spotlight on threats posed by worldwide climate change.

The spots are timed to precede next week’s theatrical release of “An Inconvenient Truth,” a documentary film on global warming that features Gore, the former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate.

Against backdrops of a park, a beach and a forest, one celebrates the benefits of greenhouse gas-producing fuels.

“The fuels that produce CO2 (carbon dioxide) have freed us from a world of back-breaking labor, lighting up our lives, allowing us to create and move the things we need, the people we love,” the ad runs. “Now some politicians want to label carbon dioxide a pollutant. Imagine if they succeed — what would our lives be like then?”

The other ad questions media reports of the threat of climate change, especially a Time magazine issue devoted to the topic, and shows film of a glacier melting and then runs in reverse to show the glacier reconstituting itself.

“We had started work on this several months back, but we sort of changed course once the flood of glacier-melting stories began,” said Sam Kazman, an institute lawyer who worked on the ads. “So we did want to get out there before the Al Gore film got into national opening.”

(taken from Yahoo News)

The Competitive Enterprise Institute, of course, is “a lobbying group closely allied to the Bush administration that stresses limited government regulation and a free-market approach to environmental issues.”

Oh, and for the record? NO ONE is saying that “greenhouse gasses are bad” (bad gasses! bad! no doggie treat for YOU!). It’s the earth’s inability to breathe enough of them them back out into the universe that’s, uh, not so great — a Mother Earth, if you will, with blackening, poisoned lungs. But the purpose of these ads is not to convey any actual, real information. Their purpose is to confuse the hell out of the information that’s already out there, and introduce a good dollop of fear (the economy will collapse! treehuggers will take over the world!) while they’re at it.


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