Magazine article The American Prospect

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Magazine article The American Prospect

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In our last issue, John Judis reported on how corporate interests have been aggressively lobbying to squelch an international agreement on global warming, sometimes even going so far as to create putative "environmental organizations" that argue that pollution is not all that bad [see "Global Warming and the Big Shill," January-February 1999]. Well, here's another one.

In April, the Western Fuels Association, a cooperative that provides coal to member electric utilities, created the Greening Earth Society (GES) to "spread the good news about the beneficial impact of carbon dioxide ([CO.sub.2]) on earth's biosphere to the American people!" Carbon dioxide, according to GES, has been unfairly labeled a "pollutant" by a biased media, bloodthirsty liberal activists, and poor scientific research. GES claims that in fact rising [CO.sub.2] levels will benefit mankind by increasing crop production and plant growth. As their website cheerily puts it: "Nature is growing stronger--bigger, greener and more resilient--as a result of what we humans are doing to promote our own growth."

In a special November 4 report, GES science advisor Robert C. …

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