June 12th, 1996- Denialists attack IPCC and Ben Santer in Wall Street Journal

Frederick Seitz, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed [A Major Deception on Global Warming] complained that alterations made to Chapter 8 of the 1995 IPCC report were made to “deceive policy makers and the public into believing that the scientific evidence shows human activities are causing global warming.” Similar charges were made by the Global Climate Coalition (GCC), a consortium of industry interests; specifically, they accused Santer of “scientific cleansing.”[6]

The whole sordid story of how the Wall Street Journal then refused to publish a letter from Bert Bolin et al in full makes you weep.  The denialist attacks were ‘successful’ but began to raise the costs of remaining within the Global Climate Coalition, and within five years it would be dead.  But not a real problem for them, since it was a case of ‘mission accomplished’ – they’d killed the idea of rich nations agreeing to cut their emissions, and bought more (profitable) time for oil, coal and gas….

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