“Communist Corporations” and Climate Change

Two recent articles on climate change caught my eye.

The first is the “Response by the University of East Anglia to the Report by Lord Oxburgh’s Science Assessment Panel” published on April 14, 2010.

Here’s a key paragraph:

The Oxburgh findings are the result of the latest scrutiny of CRU’s research. The first was the original peer review which led to publication in some of the world’s leading international science journals; the second was the Inquiry by the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee. Taken together, these must represent one of the most searching examinations of any body of scientific research. The veracity of CRU’s research remains intact after this examination.

OK, the climate researchers have now been cleared of wrongdoing by two separate UK investigative panels.

Yet somehow I was not surprised by today’s “New Revelations on Climate-gate,” an offering from Fox News. Sean Hannity introduces this interview with Brian Sussman thusly:

The Climate-gate scandal exposed global warming as a myth cooked up by alarmists. Now a new book investigates just how they are and how communist corporations, elitist politicians, and reckless scientists have contributed to creating a phony crisis.

As a lit crit type, I find the non-literary use of “myth” jarring enough, but “communist corporations”? Shouldn’t that be communist cooperatives or something? The concept of “communist corporations” sent me to Dictionary.com. I typed in “corporation” and here’s what I found:

Financial Dictionary

Corporation definition

A legal entity that is separate and distinct from its owners. Corporations enjoy most of the rights and responsibilities that an individual possesses that is, a corporation has the right to enter into contracts, loan and borrow money, sue and be sued, hire employees, own assets and pay taxes.

The most important aspect of a corporation is limited liability. That is, shareholders have the right to participate in the profits, through dividends and/or the appreciation of stock, but are not held personally liable for the company’s debts.

Investopedia Commentary

A corporation is created (incorporated) by a group of shareholders who have ownership of the corporation, represented by their holding of common stock. Shareholders elect a board of directors (generally receiving one vote per share) who appoint and oversee management of the corporation. Although a corporation does not necessarily have to be for profit, the vast majority of corporations are setup with the goal of providing a return for its shareholders. When you purchase stock you are becoming part owner in a corporation.

I’m still mulling this. Right now I guess the artificial person, the corporation, is the communist, an entity typically supported by a bunch of capitalists who want to own part of the artificial communist, generally because the artificial communist provides them with profits. This doesn’t sound right to me since the communists I’m familiar with bogged down and lost money, but that’s where I am with this concept right now.

Not stopping to define “communist corporations” for people like me, Hannity follows by introducing Sussman’s thesis:

In his new book “Climategate,” Brian Sussman asserts that the global warming hype is really just a form of communism rooted in the principles of Karl Marx. Now Sussman argues that the communist tenets of moral relativism, the belief in science over God, and the idea of de-developing successful nations to fill the needs of underdeveloped countries all describe the global warming movement.

OK. There are some sweeping generalizations there–to say the least. Of course, as the article says, this is from a “rush transcript” and “may not be in its final form.”

Let’s hope so, since this preliminary transcript also says,

Climate-gate, [Sussman] argues, highlighted these principles by showing that the scientists were purposely hiding information that would prove their theories wrong and knowingly deceiving people by manipulating the science.

Want to bet that the final version of this acknowledges the second exoneration? The first?

Probably not because, as this interview shows, the REAL topic isn’t climate change or even science it’s COMMUNISM–artificial or otherwise–and AL GORE and it’s especially about MONEY and the topic is “supported” by false accusations. For example, there’s this interchange:

SUSSMAN: One of the founders of Earth Day is Paul Ehrlich, the Malthusian. His writing partner and buddy is John Holdren, Barack Obama’s science and technology adviser.

HANNITY: This is the guy that supports compulsory sterilization.

SUSSMAN: And compulsory abortion. He believes that’s constitutional. This is — that’s in my book. This is also a guy who wants to de-develop the United States of America. Take us down a notch, make us more like the rest of the world. Take our wealth, transfer it.

A quick search turned up this article by Media Matters for America: “Hannity Falsely Claims Science Adviser Holdren ‘Advocated Compulsory Abortion.” According to this article,

In fact, Holdren never “advocated” for any kind of involuntary birth control; he co-authored an environmental sciences book more than 30 years ago that discusses “compulsory control of family size” including abortion and sterilization as a possible consequence for countries whose expanding birth rates are not curbed by “milder methods.”

Don’t believe Media Matters?

Buy a copy of the source, a 1978 college text, Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment and find out for yourself. Try BookFinder.com, a great site, or BestBookBuys.com.

Whoa. I just ran this search. Old textbooks are usually cheap. Not this one. The cheapest copy I found was over $40. Many copies are available but for between a hundred and five hundred dollars. I won’t even speculate on what’s going on here. Conspiracy theorists–go for it!

Oh, and, by the way, co-author Paul Ehrlich founded Earth Day in 1970. It’s celebrated on April 22, which is–ta da–Vladimir Lenin’s birthday. Conspiracy theorists, rejoice!

Cassandra

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One Response to ““Communist Corporations” and Climate Change”

  1. tonyisnt Says:

    On one of my posts a while ago you said (to me) “You sound like me.” Consider the comment mutual. Even though I haven’t had the mental energy or desire to deconstruct news in quite a while, this is how I like to do it, right down to dragging out the dictionary.(com)

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