The catalyst? CO2isgreen.org - a group whose central premise is basically: "human beings breathe out carbon dioxide, so it must be good to produce even more of it!"
Disgusted by what I saw, I decided to run a quick analysis on CO2isgreen.org and their sister site PlantsneedCO2.org. The "right-wing conspiracy" appeared instantly:
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The Nation digs into the story here, even as the Billings Gazette and Cody Enterprise spew out misinformation.
The online ecosystem includes the following cast of characters and sites, led by one H. Leighton Steward (who almost seems like a decent guy if you read his bio). The network includes the Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and reality-denying sites like worldclimatereport.com, climate-skeptic.org, Inhofe's blog (we're paying for it), icecap.us, globalwarminghoax.com, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Science and Public Policy Institute, FOX News, Michelle Malkin, humanevents.com, and all the usual attack dogs of the corporate-run media.
What's even more interesting is that this week, a group of large corporations -- including New Mexico utility PNM Resources, California utility PG&E, power generator Exelon and Nike -- denounced the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's opposition to climate legislation.
More on this particular circus here, and if you want to make a difference >>
BTW, this technique of business-funded propaganda is not new. And it does claim real casualties...