Dr. S. Fred Singer, denier for hire, wades into the Financial Post letters page today to claim, once again, that he is innocent of accepting money from big oil or big tobacco. Complaining of previous attention from the DeSmogBlog, the good doctor says:
“Although tobacco has nothing to do with the global warming debate, Mr. (Kevin) Grandia suggests that I sell my science to special interests. And since he cannot show that I am ‘in the pay of the oil lobby,’ tobacco will have to do.”
Well, Fred, yes we can show that you are “in the pay of the oil lobby .” Tobacco is a bonus.
The question we have, still, is how you can look facts in the face and, with no apparent pang of conscience, deny them? How do you find the nerve to admit on CBC, as you did last Wednesday , that you took money from ExxonMobil, and then write a letter to the National Post business pages this week saying that you didn’t?
Finally, you complain that, because we won’t apologize for calling you a liar, your only recourse is an expensive lawsuit. Well, here again, as long as you continue to lie in public, we’re going to continue calling you a liar, your threats of a lawsuit notwithstanding. Your other recourse might be to admit your past indiscretions and stop committing new ones – an option that, clearly, has never occurred to you.
As for your question about who pays our lawyer, the answer is John Lefebvre, who is himself a lawyer, a philanthropist and past-president of NETeller, a firm that has been providing secure online transactions since 1999. John also pays the lion’s share of expenses for this blog. And bless him for that.