Saturday, January 10, 2004

Greens face uphill battle against corporate establishment despite evidence of Climate Catastrophe: "The findings have been described as 'terrifying' by the report's lead author, Chris Thomas, professor of conservation biology at Leeds University. Professor Thomas said: 'When scientists set about research they hope to come up with definite results, but what we found we wish we had not. It was far, far worse than we thought, and what we have discovered may even be an underestimate.'"

"In 1991, in his book US Petroleum Strategies In The Decade of the Environment, Bob Williams, a consultant to the oil and gas industry, described the industry's number one priority: "To put the environmental lobby out of business... There is no greater imperative... If the petroleum industry is to survive, it must render the environmental lobby superfluous, an anachronism" ... Ron Arnold, also an industry consultant, told a meeting of the Ontario Forest Industries Association: "You must turn the public against environmentalists or you will lose your environmental battle." ... Frank Mankiewicz, a senior executive at transnational PR firm Hill and Knowlton, predicted accurately: "I think the companies will have to give in only at insignificant levels. Because the companies are too strong, they're the establishment. The environmentalists are going to have to be like the mob in the square in Romania before they prevail.""

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