All the CEI has now is a nasty letter

All the CEI has now is a nasty letter
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So this is what the climate change “debate” has come to.

Forget debating the economic underpinnings of cap and trade or the best way to implement new vehicle emissions standards. Instead the fine folks at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) are spending their days playing the public victim over an infammatory email they received and subsequently posted on their site.

Michael Eckhart, president of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), sent and email to Competitive Enterprise Institute “Senior Fellow” Marlo Lewis saying that he would “destroy” Lewis’s “career” as a “liar” if he “produce[d] one more editorial against climate change.”

Eckhart promptly apologizes here.

Most likely it is such petty shenanigans that are one of the reasons behind ExxonMobil ending their longtime funding arrangement with the CEI for their climate change misinformation campaign.

It almost goes without saying that Eckhart has learned a valuable lesson about sending inflammatory emails to an organization bent on (and paid handsomely for) discrediting anyone pushing to address the threat of climate change. What it has done is create yet another strawman for the likes of the CEI and right-wing pundits like NewsBusters to beat the living daylights out of.

Of course, you didn’t see NewsBusters exactly jumping off their seat to report a leaked email exchange between “Great Global Warming Swindle” director Martin Durkin and two eminent climate scientists in which Durkin called them “daft cocks” and recommended one of them go “f**k himself.”

Nope, instead you only saw glory and praise for the film.

No doubt, Mr. Eckhart is frustrated by the endless amount of misinformation being put out by the CEI. I myself have used much worse words when it comes to the likes of Lewis and the CEI cadre – just haven’t sent an email.

In fact a letter sent in the Fall of last year to ExxonMobil by the very conservative and usually soft-spoken Royal Society regarding the CEI‘s misinformation campaign was another expression of the frustration harbored by many in the scientific and environmental communities. As the scientific evidence continues to mount about the realities and seriousness of human-caused global warming, the CEI and the rest of the global warming denial industry continue to pump out misleading information about that reality.

It’s frustrating.

The best thing we can all do is: a) ignore the CEI, or (b) my favored option, continue to point out that the CEI receives large amounts of money from the very industries whose bottom lines are most threatened if we move to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

And leave the rest unspoken… at least in an email.

All the CEI has now is a nasty letter

Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog.

He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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