BackgroundThis is a follow-up of sorts on my previous post, Exxon and AGU Funding, to which Shollenberger took exception in comments on my article throwing Cook et al. (2013) under the bus:
I actually think the latest post here on the oil companies is incredibly wrong, and I think blaming "industry liars" for anything is a foolish move that shows a very poor understanding of why the public doesn't call for any strong action to combat global warming.I agree that the public's attitude toward CO2 mitigation is not simply explained by saying nothing more than "the oil companies diddit". But arguing that they have not been influential is dubious. Arguing that fossil fuel interests haven't been actively attempting to influence public opinion would be flat out bonkers.
I clearly don't have a ton of nice things to say about Shollenberger, but batshit crazy hasn't been on the list of taunts. So I asked:
I would be pleased if you'd trot over to the post itself and describe in comments there which part of it is wrong. Whether it's "incredibly" wrong or right will have to be left to the individual to decide.He wrote an article on his own blog. Let's have a peek ...