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Pro-oil ‘think tank’ wants to remind you that facts are dumb

Pro-oil ‘think tank’ wants to remind you that facts are dumb By Philip Bump In 2007, the American Enterprise Institute was caught offering scientists $10,000 to undermine a U.N. report on climate change . The staunchly pro-business organization, heavily funded by ExxonMobil, sought researchers who would suggest that the U.N.’s process was “prone to summary conclusions that are poorly supported by the analytical work.” The AEI wasn’t interested in objective climate science, it was interested in easing the way for oil companies. AEI was not happy to be caught encouraging deception. Five years later, AEI wears its rejection of factual accuracy on its sleeve. From an opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee by Karlyn Bowman, a senior fellow at AEI: Fact-checkers from Politifact, FactCheck.org, and The Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog were out in force after the first two debates...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/pro-oil-think-tank-wants-to-remind-...

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