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  • Friday, July 31, 2009

    Virginia Congressman Perriello Target of Global Warming Denial Hoax

    I got notice of this from an email from Congressman Tom Perriello's office, though his response was rather restrained. Daily Kos has a diary from Senator John Kerry that goes to the heart of the matter: lobbyists are stooping to forgeries and deception to further the Global Warming Denial cause. Since science has disproven pretty much every Denial Lobby tactic, they are resorting to outright and blatent lies. From the Charlottesville Daily Progress:

    As U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello was considering how to vote on an important piece of climate change legislation in June, the freshman congressman’s office received at least six letters from two Charlottesville-based minority organizations voicing opposition to the measure.

    The letters, as it turns out, were forgeries.

    "They stole our name. They stole our logo. They created a position title and made up the name of someone to fill it. They forged a letter and sent it to our congressman without our authorization," said Tim Freilich, who sits on the executive committee of Creciendo Juntos, a nonprofit network that tackles issues related to Charlottesville’s Hispanic community. "It’s this type of activity that undermines Americans’ faith in democracy..."

    The person who sent the letter has not been identified, but he or she was employed by a Washington lobbying firm called Bonner & Associates.


    Here is Bonner and Associate's website:

    http://www.bonnerandassociates.com/

    And here's their contact info for those who want to comlpain about their lies and forgeries:

    info@bonnerandassociates.com
    202-463-8880
    http://www.bonnerandassociates.com/contactus.htm

    The Global Warming Denial Lobby has ALWAYS used deceptive methods because the science is against them. But to resort to outright forgery is lower than even they have sunk before.

    More details from John Kerry's Daily Kos Diary:

    This moment is too important, the crisis is too grave, to let our debate be distorted by under the radar screen gutter moves – this one the most egregious example yet reported.

    From carefully crafted message memos to Republican members of Congress on how to talk about climate change to well-funded think tanks whose sole purpose is to try to cast doubt on the iron-clad science of global climate change to specific attacks on people like Al Gore and others who step up to tell the truth, the campaign has been relentless.

    But the facts are clear: In the industrial era, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have risen from 280 to 385 parts per million. Scientists have drawn a red line at 450ppm -- which represents a warming of 2 degrees Celsius. Anything beyond that presents an unacceptable risk. But unless we take dramatic action -- now -- we are actually headed to 1,000 ppm by century's end.

    The effects are already being felt. The ice is melting in the Arctic, the glaciers in the Himalayas (the source of the major rivers of China and India, home to billions of people) are projected to be totally gone by 2030, weather patterns around the globe are changing – and against all that, we get forged letters and phony science trying to block progress.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it until we win: we have to fight this. I’ll be doing everything I can, from highlighting instances like this, to working every day in the Senate to make sure the truth is out there to counter the falsehoods. And I’ll be working to empower you to spread the truth. The Senate will be considering historic reform legislation to meet this challenge, and we need to get a real solution out of that process.

    We all have an enormous stake in the outcome of this fight; it’s literally a fight for the future of our planet. And we all need to do absolutely everything we can to win this fight.


    Let me also remind you of the great book John and Teresa Heinz Kerry wrote about environmental activism, left and right. And let me also remind you of what a kick ass Congressman Tom Perriello is. I am very proud to have supported him from very early on in his race for Congress in 2008.

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