05 May '11, 8pm

My new post: Nisbet is wrong: the forces of climate progress are not as strong as their foes

My new post: Nisbet is wrong: the forces of climate progress are not as strong as their foes

Who's the giant in this scenario? In his Climate Shift report, Matt Nisbet purports to compare the lobbying efforts of climate-bill supporters and opponents. He finds that, in 2009, the former spent $394 million and the latter $259 million. In other words, greens and their allies outspent their opponents. "The narrative [that] this is David versus Goliath does not match the numbers on the ground," says Nisbet . As a bunchload of people have pointed out, the way Nisbet gets these numbers is kind of dodgy. The full lobbying budgets of all participants in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership are counted toward the total, which is, a moment's thought will indicate, crazypants. GE and BP spent all their lobbying money pushing for cap-and-trade? The idea of such single-minded green determination from America's corporations is amusing -- not to say a bit wistful -- but back on Pla...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-policy/2011-05-05-nisbet-is-...

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