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Noam Chomsky: How Climate Change Became a “Liberal Hoax”

February 10, 2011

(This article & video is re-posted from Znet.)

In this sixth video in the series “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate” from The Nation and On The Earth Productions, linguist, philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky talks about the Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute and other business lobbies enthusiastically carrying out campaigns “to try and convince the population that global warming is a liberal hoax.” According to Chomsky, this massive public relations campaign has succeeded in leading a good portion of the population into doubting the human causes of global warming.

Known for his criticism of the media, Chomsky doesn’t hold back in this clip, laying blame on mainstream media outlets such as the New York Times, which will run frontpage articles on what meteorologists think about global warming. “Meteorologists are pretty faces reading scripts telling you whether it’s going to rain tomorrow,” Chomsky says. “What do they have to say any more than your barber?” All this is part of the media’s pursuit of “fabled objectivity.”

Of particular concern for Chomsky is the atmosphere of anger, fear and hostility that currently reigns in America. The public’s hatred of Democrats, Republicans, big business and banks and the public’s distrust of scientists all lead to general disregard for the findings of “pointy-headed elitists.” The 2010 elections could be interpreted as a “death knell for the species” because most of the new Republicans in Congress are global warming deniers. “If this was happening in some small country,” Chomsky concludes, “it wouldn’t matter much. But when it’s happening in the richest, most powerful country in the world, it’s a danger to the survival of the species.”

Visit to learn more about “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate,” and to see the other videos in the series.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kevin Smith permalink
    February 13, 2011 11:26 pm

    I’m sure the -10 degrees wind chill over the past few days was just “global warming” taking a breather, right?

    Or how about that 2 feet of it that came down two weeks ago?

  2. Jeff Smith permalink
    February 14, 2011 1:13 pm

    Kevin, this is a typical response to the realities of global warming and I can understand how you might draw this conclusion, but it isn’t based on science. According to NASA, the IPCC and NOAA 2010 was one of the warmest recorded years on record. The IPCC, made up of several thousand of the world’s climate scientists agree that the planet is warming and that human activity is the main cause of the warming.

    This doesn’t mean we won’t ever have cold days or snow blizzards. In fact, one of the consequences of global warming is more extreme weather conditions – heavy snow, high winds and heavy rains. If you are looking for good scientific material to support these claims check on the IPCC website to see what the global scientific community is saying.


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