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Greenbiz.com puts McDonalds on steering committee: Paul Hawken resigns.

Bad on the Environment? Need to Look Green on Earth Day? Try LuntzSpeak.Com - "Despite poll numbers showing overwhelming concern for the environment, some members of the Republican leadership have decided it's easier to spend time, money and political capital on obscuring a bad record and bad policies than to develop sound environmental policies that protect public health and public lands."

"But don't take our word for it! To appreciate the amount of spin here, use this guide to help decode some of the sneakier communications tips, or read the memo for yourself."

ActivistCash.com "This is just the beginning! Over the course of 2002, ActivistCash.com will continue to grow, and continue to root out the funding sources of the most notorious anti-consumer groups. We will keep adding profiles on the first of every month, by the end of the year you'll be able to get the facts on more than 50 activist groups that are responsible for the vast majority of anti-consumer activism in North America. We'll also be tracking over 750 foundations and hundreds of key players and celebrities."

The Chlorophiles are an independent non-profit organisation of workers in the chlorine and PVC industry who want to react on the allegations against their work. We find that we are working responsibly and with responsible care to make products for the well-being of humanity. Humanity may not be excluded from the benefits of chlorine on the base of prejudices and false or erroneous information.

CHLOROPHILES-USA is a grass-roots, not-for-profit group modelled after the European founding group. The purpose of these groups and similar groups throughout the world is to spread the truth about chlorine and polyvinyl chloride in benefitting people. Additional efforts in the areas of safety, the environment, and health are of concern from time to time.

(Nothing especially new in either of the above websites - similar tiring "arguments" that you will find at some of the other websites below, JunkScience et al.)

Here's a new (to me at least) website that I just ran across: http://environmental.networkroom.com/ - they say, "Welcome to ... The online clearing house and conference room for activists and insiders in the free-market environmental movement."

This website is a project of the http://www.free-market.net/ - to quote, "F R E E - M A R K E T . N E T is the libertarian portal. We are the world's most comprehensive source for information on liberty."

The free-market.net claims as its senior partner the Cato Institute, http://www.cato.org/ . By the way, Steve Milloy, publisher of http://www.junkscience.com/ , is an adjunct scholar at the CATO Institute. Small world!

New Anti-Enviro Website:

The National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative "think-tank" launched their new envirolie.org -- oops, I mean -- envirotruth.org website on May 6, 2002. Amy Ridenour, cofounder of the NCPPR, says, "The website will provide details about the "jihad" that environmental organizations are waging against corporate America." Click here for the entire story.

Example of recent NCPPR report: Press Release: Opening the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Storage Facility is Important to National Security; Action Would Eliminate the Only Serious Vulnerability of Nuclear Plants to Terrorism - January 12, 2002. http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA383.html.

NCPPR websites include (descriptions are from the NCPPR web pages):

The National Center for Public Policy Research is a communications and research foundation dedicated to providing free market solutions to today's public policy problems. We believe that the principles of a free market, individual liberty and personal responsibility provide the greatest hope for meeting the challenges facing America in the 21st century. http://www.nationalcenter.org/.

Envirotruth is dedicated to injecting badly needed truth into the debate about our environment. For too long, some environmental groups have seized the world stage and the public's attention by distorting facts, bending the truth and even committing acts of terrorism against innocent citizens. http://www.envirotruth.org/.

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family and commitment to individual responsibility has not traditionally been echoed by the nation's civil rights establishment. http://www.nationalcenter.org/P21Index.html.

The National Center launched the John P. McGovern M.D. Center for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, originally named the Environmental Policy Task Force, to help arm conservatives with tools for the environmental policy debate it had been lacking, among them: 1) a forum for coordination and sharing of strategy and information; 2) numerous accounts of how environmental regulations work in practice; 3) explanations of the perspectives of various groups on environmental issues; 4) a marketing apparatus to help grassroots environmental activists, persons knowledgeable about environmental regulations and reputable economists and scientists gain greater access to the media; 5) a system for countering "junk science" when it appears, especially in the media, with accurate facts. http://www.nationalcenter.org/eptf.html.

SCOOP® Newsletter - An Irreverent Look at the Policies Behind the News. http://www.nationalcenter.org/ScoopLtr.html.

The Center for Environmental Justice - Reviewing the impact of environmental policies on minorities and the poor. http://www.nationalcenter.org/CEJ.html.

The Relief Report covers environment issues and monitors regulation of people & the economy. http://www.nationalcenter.org/ReliefRprt.html.

Budget Watch - Providing a truth dectector in the ongoing battle over federal spending. http://www.nationalcenter.org/Watch.html.

Legal Briefs - The newsletter that monitors the legal system that rules our lives. http://www.nationalcenter.org/LegalBriefs.html.

Earth Day Information Center. http://www.nationalcenter.org/EarthDay98.html.

Global Warming Information Center - A project of the John P. McGovern M.D. Center for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs of The National Center for Public Policy Research. http://www.nationalcenter.org/Kyoto.html.


Introduction

Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber have been at the forefront of the effort to expose the corporate funding and right-wing "free-market" environmentalism of Steve Milloy's JunkScience website. Their recent book, Trust Us, We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles With Your Future, is a must read for background on this subject. Check out a recent review of this book, Science for Sale and his recent article, How Big Tobacco Helped Create "the Junkman".

Here is their definition of "Junk Science":

... "junk science" is the term that corporate defenders apply to any research, no matter how rigourous, that justifies regulations to protect the environment and public health. The opposing term, "sound science," is used in reference to any research, no matter how flawed, that can be used to challenge, defeat, or reverse environmental and public health protection. (p. 222-223, Trust Us, We're Experts)
Steve Milloy & JunkScience.com

According to Milloy's JunkScience website:

"Junk science" is faulty scientific data and analysis used to used to (sic) further a special agenda. The junk science "mob" includes:

The MEDIA may use junk science for sensational headlines and programming. Some members of the media use junk science to advance their and their employers' social and political agendas.

PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS may use junk science to bamboozle juries into awarding huge verdicts. Large verdicts may then be used to extort even greater sums from deep-pocket businesses that may be fearful of future jury verdicts.

SOCIAL ACTIVISTS, such as the "food police," environmental extremists, and gun-control advocates, may use junk science to achieve social and political change.

GOVERNMENT REGULATORS may use junk science to expand their authority and to increase their budgets.

BUSINESSES may use junk science to bad-mouth competitors' products or to make bogus claims about their own products.

POLITICIANS may use junk science to curry favor with special interest groups or to be "politically correct."

INDIVIDUAL SCIENTISTS may use junk science to achieve fame and fortune.

INDIVIDUALS who are ill (real or imagined) may use junk science to blame others for causing their illness.

Background on Milloy & JunkScience.com

According to PR Watch, Milloy became executive director of The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC), an organization that was covertly created by Philip Morris for the express purpose of generating scientific controversy regarding the link between secondhand smoke and cancer. The Integrity in Science file on TASSC:

THE ADVANCEMENT OF SOUND SCIENCE COALITION (TASSC) [defunct]

"Support comes from companies like Procter & Gamble, Exxon, Dow Chemical, and Philip Morris." (Village Voice, 4/23/97)

Milloy’s office is in the headquarters of APCO Associates, a Washington, D.C., PR firm that specializes in creating coalitions like TASSC. (Village Voice, April 29, 1997, p. 39)

[Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Web site, August 16, 1998] [T]his "sound science" coalition is supported by hundreds of corporations, including 3M, Amoco, Chevron, Dow Chemical, Exxon, General Motors, Occidental Petroleum, Philip Morris, Proctor & Gamble and W.R. Grace. Its objective is to act as a speakers bureau to deliver the corporate message that environmental public policy is not currently based on "sound science," and to counter excessive regulations that are based on what it considers "junk" science. O’Dywer’s PR Services reports that TASSC is "leading the charge against what it views as the unholy alliance between environmentalists and the media" (Feb. 1996).

TASSC claimed to have 250 to 300 scientists as active members (Tulsa World, April 25, 1996).

TASSC was created in 1993 to promote "sound science" in policy decision making. TASSC is chaired by former New Mexico governor Garrey Caruthers, and claims a membership of over 400 corporations. In addition to many corporate representatives, TASSC’s extensive advisory board contains well known "science skeptics" S. Fred Singer, Bruce Ames, Dr. Patrick Michaels, Michael Sanera, and Hugh Ellsaesser. (EWG)

Steven Milloy, executive director of TASSC, is a self styled "junk science" critic who previously launched the Junk Science Page through the Environmental Policy Analysis Network (EPAN), a group he started in 1996. Milloy is also a lobbyist for the EOP Group, a DC-based lobbying firm that represents the American Crop Protection Association, the Chlorine Chemistry Council, Edison Electric Institute, among others. Under Milloy’s personal listing of groups he represents through the EOP Group in 1996 were Fort Howard Corp., the International Food Additives Association, and Monsanto. According to the most recent edition of Washington Representatives, Milloy’s client list has grown to include the National Mining Association, among others. (EWG)

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Eye-Opening Articles

How Big Tobacco Helped Create "the Junkman"
In the biographical sketch that accompanies "The Fear Profiteers" (see cover story of this issue), Steven Milloy describes himself as the publisher of the Junk Science Home Page and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. "Milloy appears frequently on radio and television; has testified on risk assessment and Superfund before the U.S. Congress; and has lectured before numerous organizations," it adds, noting that he has also "written articles that have appeared in the New York Post, USA Today, Washington Times, The Chicago Sun-Times, and the Investors' Business Daily."

These facts are all accurate as far they go, but they say nothing about how Milloy came to be a prominent debunker of "junk science." This omission is undoubtedly by design, because it would certainly be embarrassing to admit that a self-proclaimed scientific reformer got his start as a behind-the-scenes lobbyist for the tobacco industry, which has arguably done more to corrupt science than any other industry in history ... (Read entire article)

JUNK SCIENCE AND THE ART OF SPIN-DOCTORING
Who produces the 'junk-science' claims, and who decides what is junk?

One of the most disturbing effects of globalisation, and the economic rationalist policies which accompany it, is that scientific research has been usurped by corporations and industry associations around the world.

There's a growing dependence on corporate-sector financing of all kinds of research -- and much of this is designed to produce a predetermined outcome. As a result, there's a glut of dubious data permeating the media and the Internet which appears to be independent and informed, but which has its origins in partisan think-tanks, public relations companies, entrepreneurial science organisers, and pay-for-service public-polling organisations ... (Read entire article)

Pro-GM scientists and the right
In the wake of the massive defeats suffered over their promotion of GM foods, pro-GM lobbyists in the UK have regrouped and with the help of a clique of right wing journalists and academics are coordinating a still more aggressive campaign of disinformation ... (Read entire article)

Cato Institute: "Libertarian" in a Corporate Way
In the autumn of 1997, when Rupert Murdoch joined the board of directors at the Cato Institute, the announcement went unreported in major news outlets. Perhaps it seemed routine for one of the world's most powerful media moguls to take a leadership post at one of the most influential think tanks in Washington ... (Read entire article)

Show Me The Science! Corporate Polluters and the 'Junk Science' Strategy
The battle over the Environmental Protection Agency's new proposed clean air standards is the latest example in a long line of similar efforts by environmental backlash groups to weaken, repeal or prevent passage of strong environmental protections.1 In the clean air debate no fewer than 12 backlash groups have weighed in with their views on the "soundness" of the EPA's science.2 Of those groups, two were established specifically for the purpose of combating the air standards ... (Read entire article)

An interview with Steven J. Milloy
(from Heartland.org)
Public health expert Steven J. Milloy is executive director of The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC) and publisher of the Junk Science Home Page (http://www.junkscience.com). He is the author of several books and reports, including Choices in Risk Assessment: The Role of Science Policy in the Environmental Risk Management Process, a widely acclaimed publication that resulted from his work for the U.S. Department of Energy examining the relative roles of science and policy in regulatory risk assessment ... (Read entire article)

Anti-Environmental Organizations - A-E F-L M-Q R-Z

Argentine Foundation for Scientific Ecology - (english), (spanish).

The Abundant Wildlife Society of North America - "Inform yourself - help wildlife - protect your freedom."

Access to Energy - "A pro-science, pro-technology, pro-free enterprise monthly newsletter."

Accuracy In Academia - "A nonprofit public service organization based in Washington, D.C., seeks the reassertion of traditional academic ethics in our universities. We contend that academic freedom is threatened by a progressive ideological orthodoxy."

Accuracy in Media - "A non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage.."

At ActivistCash.com, we follow the money -- for you. This site, a part of the ConsumerFreedom.com Network, is committed to providing detailed and up-to-date information on where anti-consumer organizations and activists get their money. We have analyzed and compiled over 100,000 pages of IRS documents to create this database, and will be adding more information every month.

Acton Institute - "Environmental Stewardship is an approach to the earth and its resources that attends both to the demands of human freedom and flourishing and to the Biblical call for human beings to exercise caring "dominion" over creation..."

Alaska Support Industry Alliance

Alliance for America is a coalition of grassroot organizations concerned with protecting the constitution, property rights, humans, and the environment. Conservationists involved in preserving natural resources and the natural beauty of the environment without destroying the lives of the people closest to it.

Alliance for Better Foods - "The Alliance supports biotechnology as a safe way to provide for a more abundant, nutritious and higher quality food supply."

American Council on Science and Health, Inc. (ACSH) is a consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health. ACSH is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.

ACSH list of science advisors.

America's Future - "We believe in, we stand for, above all, the God-given freedom of the individual. We hold that the Constitution of the United States is the most profoundly important instrument ever devised by man for the protection of that freedom..."

American Recreation Coalition - Dedicated to the protection and enhancement of everyone's right to health and happiness through recreation...

Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC) is a national, non-profit organization designed to promote a dialogue with community leaders across the U.S. on issues involving America’s growing demand for electricity. ABEC will advocate in support of policies that strike the proper balance between protecting the environment and providing for continued economic growth and prosperity for America’s working families.

Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of more options that are consistent with the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, and peace. Toward that goal, the Institute strives to achieve greater involvement of the intelligent, concerned lay public in questions of policy and the proper role of government.

Center for Consumer Freedom is a coalition supported by restaurant operators, food and beverage companies, and concerned individuals, working together to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices.

Unlike the anti-consumer activists we monitor and keep in check, we stand up for common sense and personal choice. The growing fraternity of "food cops," health care enforcers, militant activists, meddling bureaucrats, and violent radicals who think they can decide better than you "what's best for you" are not just attacking restaurants -- they're attacking liberty.

Coalition for Affordable and Reliable Energy (CARE) was formed to build support for a comprehensive and balanced energy policy that will enable the United States to meet its energy needs while striking a sensible balance among social, economic, national security, environmental and energy goals.

Coalition for Vehicle Choice (CVC) is a non-profit organization created to preserve the freedom of Americans to choose motor vehicles that meet their needs and their freedom to travel. CVC includes individuals and groups from all walks of life who believe freedom of choice and mobility are important values that must be considered when society develops polices intended to protect the environment, encourage energy efficiency and promote traffic safety.

Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow The (CFACT) was created to offer a new voice on consumer and environmental issues. The Committee boldly proclaims that the Western values of competition, progress, freedom, and stewardship can and do offer the best hope for protecting not only the earth and its wildlife, but even more importantly, its people. So therefore, CFACT is working to promote free-market and safe technological solutions to such growing concerns as waste-management, food production and processing, electrical generation, air and water quality, wildlife protection and much more. With an impressive advisory board of more than 40 academic and scientific experts in various fields along with a rapidly expanding citizen membership, CFACT is a catalyst that is helping carry our nation and our world toward a more constructive tomorrow.

Commonwealth Foundation supports sound environmental policies based on factual evidence. We believe that regulators must clearly demonstrate that the environmental benefits such policies will produce will outweigh the costs they impose on businesses, property owners, and other taxpayers before imposing them.

Comptetitive Enterprise Institute - advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government.

Consumer Alert was founded in 1977 as a national, non-profit, non-partisan, membership organization for people concerned about the excessive growth of government regulation at the national and state levels. Consumer Alert is dedicated to informing the public about the consumer benefits of competitive enterprise and to promoting sound economic, scientific, and risk data in public policy decisions. Our organization is the only free-market public interest group whose sole mission is to represent average consumers as purchasers of goods and services in a dynamic and competitive marketplace.

Doctors for Disaster Preparedness promotes homeland defense and prudent preparedness for disasters of all kinds, including war or terrorism. Its annual meeting brings together America's foremost authorities on strategic and civil defense as well as prominent scientists speaking on real threats or manufactured scares. Recent topics: global warming, ozone "depletion," radiation hazards and radiation hormesis.

Freedom.org - Eco-logic on-line.

Free-Market.net is the libertarian portal. We are the world's most comprehensive source for information on liberty.

Free Republic - "An online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web. We're working to roll back decades of governmental largesse, to root out political fraud and corruption, and to champion causes which further conservatism in America."

Frontiers of Freedom is solely dedicated to maintaining and restoring the American system of limited government and individual rights. Founded in 1995 by Malcolm Wallop upon his retirement from the U. S. Senate, Frontiers regards the Constitution, not as Congress sees it-an impediment to more efficient government-but as the pole star of America's future. Frontiers seeks to lead the conservative movement from the front line of the battle against an ever more powerful and intrusive federal government. Frontiers of Freedom is the antithesis to the Sierra Club and Vice President Al Gore's Earth in the Balance.

Global Climate Coalition is an organization of trade associations established in 1989 to coordinate business participation in the international policy debate on the issue of global climate change and global warming.

Global Warming News and Views - dedicated to disproving global warming and its negative effects.

Greening Earth Society promotes the optimistic scientific view that CO2 is beneficial to humanking and all of nature.

Heartland Institute is a nonprofit public policy research organization dedicated to meeting the information needs of the nation's state and national elected officials, journalists, and its members. Heartland's mission is to be its customers' fastest, most convenient, most comprehensive, and most reliable source of public policy information.

From their environment section - "Welcome to the Common-Sense Environmentalist's Suite! We have brought together in one place the best research and commentary on sound science and market-based environmental protection from the nation's leading think tanks and advocacy groups. Hundreds of complete documents--even two entire books!--are available here, usually in Adobe Acrobat's easy-to-view and print PDF format".

Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute - a think tank - whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

JunkScience.com - "All the junk that's fit to debunk."

Media Research Center ...bringing political balance to the nation’s news media and responsibility to the entertainment media, the Media Research Center (MRC) has grown into the nation’s largest and most respected conservative media watchdog organization.

National Anxiety Center Online - "...the National Anxiety Center is a response to all the "Earth is Doomed!" stories in the media. Every April the Center gives our "Chicken Little Awards" to those individuals and groups who have scared the daylights out of millions of people."

National Consumer Coalition list of member organizations.

National Wilderness Institute - The Voice of Reason on the Environment.

The New American - "That Freedom Shall Not Perish."

NoMoreScares.com - "Throughout the years, there have been numerous health scares that have ruined our faith in science, our government, and the integrity of our people. Few of these scares have had even a minutia of scientific merit." ("The Fear Profiteers"). It's time to put a stop to those who profit from fear. (Steve Milloy of JunkScience.com is a frequent contributor)

Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine - Claim that global warming has produced no negative effects and that increasing CO2 has positive effects.

Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy promotes the principles of individual freedom and personal responsibility. The Institute believes these principles are best encouraged through policies that emphasize a free economy, private initiative, and limited government. By focusing on public policy issues such as education, the environment, law, economics, and social welfare, the Institute strives to foster a better understanding of the principles of a free society among leaders in government, academia, the media, and the business community.

Pandora's Poison - "Once again, environmental activists are attempting to cloak their political agenda in the guise of rational rhetoric. But open the lid on Pandora's Poison, a new book from former Greenpeace campaigner Joe Thornton, and you will find that Thornton's "new" environmental strategy for banning chlorine ignores reality and merely repackages ideas and positions that have been proselytized by Greenpeace for more than 20 years."

Petition Project - Claims that 17,000+ scientists have signed their petition urging that the U.S. NOT sign the Kyoto Protocal. They say that increase CO2 will be good for the planet.

Reason Foundation - A national research and education organization that explores and promotes public policies based on rationality and freedom.

The Science Center - "The Science Center is sponsored by the Chlorine Chemistry Council (CCC)TM and represents the latest effort by the CCC to help bring objective and balanced discussion of environmental and scientific issues to classrooms around the country. Working with premier education organizations like the Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) and Project Learning Tree (PLT), the Chlorine Chemistry Council helps equip educators with the knowledge and tools needed to educate the country's students."

Science & Environmental Policy Project - "The Science & Environmental Policy Project was founded in 1990 by atmospheric physicist S. Fred Singer on the premise that sound, credible science must form the basis for health and environmental decisions..."

Town Hall is the first truly interactive community on the Internet to bring Internet users, conservative public policy organizations, congressional staff, and political activists together under the broad umbrella of "conservative" thoughts, ideas and actions.

TRIfacts.org - "Putting 2000 TRI Dioxin Data in Perspective."

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - "Whether it's lobbying the Federal Government, fighting in the courts, or offering special member benefits and discounts, the U.S. Chamber is working for you."

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said, "...use of the Internet by extreme environmentalists and greater amounts of public disclosure law will create fear and allow the sabotage of industries..." (read full story)

Women In Mining is dedicated to educating students, teachers and the general public about the importance of minerals.

World Climate Report - "... the nation's leading publication covering the breaking news concerning the science and political science of global climate change."

Research Resources

Center for Media & Democracy is a nonprofit, public interest organization funded by individuals and nonprofit foundations and dedicated to investigative reporting on the public relations industry. The Center serves citizens, journalists and researchers seeking to recognize and combat manipulative and misleading PR practices.

Center for Science in the Public Interest has posted on the Internet a database of over 1,100 professors and scientists who consult for or have other affiliations with chemical, gas, oil, food, drug, and other companies. The web site also provides partial information about nonprofit and professional organizations that receive industry funding. Both parts of the database will be regularly expanded in the future.

CLEAR tracked the industry-supported backlash against environmentalism, commonly called the "Wise Use" Movement from 1993 through 1999. Check the their old website for archives. For about 2 years CLEAR was not active, but they have now reorganized and they have a new website, www.clearproject.org.

CorpWatch: Holding Corporations Accountable - Provide a research guide for those looking for information on corporations.

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting - FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. They work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. As an anti-censorship organization, they expose important news stories that are neglected and defend working journalists when they are muzzled.

Institute for Public Accuracy - As a nationwide consortium of policy researchers, the Institute for Public Accuracy seeks to broaden public discourse by gaining media access for those whose perspectives are commonly drowned out by corporate-backed think tanks and other influential institutions.

Jim Norton's Anti-Environmental Myths website.

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