'If I were to write a fictitious account of special-interest manipulation of public policy, I could do no better than the following: "Longtime oil-industry lobbyist rewrites scientific government treatise to downplay the dangers of global warming. Systematically revises government report so as to nullify the now-proven dangers of global warming on the eve of U.S. president's meeting with British prime minister on global pollution control treaty."
It's so unreal and outlandish, one's first reaction is, it can't possibly be true. But it is, verified by the whistleblower and scientist whose work was being "edited" (read: distorted) as a sop to corporate interests, who then leaked the story to The New York Times. Wait, there's more.
Initially, the White House endorsed the hack job by lawyer and former American Petroleum Institute lobbyist Philip Cooney as part of "a normal interagency review of all documents related to global environmental change." Excuse me while I disgorge'
So why don't Americans stand up? Why haven't we raised our hands and demanded fair representation of our beliefs? I'm not sure -except to say that some people do stand up, and in general the public feels if you're a "crazy environmentalist" you're just as bad and should sit back down. "It's those damn hippies!" Is a common phrase to dismiss the warning of environmental doom. But there is a positive outlook we here at Treehugger are strong proponents of: would you believe that 76% Americans agree that you don't have to sacrifice environmental protection to get economic growth? Well it's true.
One way to make sure you know that the statistics someone is spitting at you are true is to get your hands on the survey/poll, and make sure you have all of the information listed below.
The 'environmental poll' survey was conducted from May 15-22, 2005. The survey was conducted using professional phone interviewers. The nationwide sample (n=1000) was drawn from a random digit dial (RDD) process. Respondents were screened on the basis of age, i.e., to be over the age of 18. The survey has an overall margin of error of Â±3.1% at the 95% confidence level. ::Survey PDF ::Yale News