Friday, January 19, 2007

Facts Don’t Matter

It’s Spring in Georgia. And it’s January. Regardless of what the calendar says, the daffodils are blooming. No, that isn’t normal. But nothing is these days.

Could this be Global Warming ? Who knows ? That is the goal after all. Right ? To make sure that no one really knows ? To create doubt ? Apparently that was Exxon’s goal. "Victory will be achieved when uncertainties in climate science become part of the conventional wisdom". I don’t want to pick on Exxon. They just happen to be in the news. I could just as easily pick on the FAA. Or the entire Federal government. Who knows, maybe the Iraq War really will only cost “under $50 billion” or maybe it’ll even pay for itself. Maybe the WMD will show up after all.

I wonder what kind of confusion I could cause with $16 million dollars. Or $400 billion.

If you had a million dollars to spend on “public relations” what cause would you choose to champion ? Better schools ? The Humane Society ? Your religion ? Perhaps yourself ?

But you’re not a business and you don’t have a million dollars to spend trying to influence (or confuse) anyone, do you ? Much less $16 million.

Without facts, the truth is hard to discern. Or is it ?

The daffodils are blooming in January. Most of the world’s oil is still in the Middle East. There is less oil today than there was yesterday. As long as we keep using it, we’ll have to go over there to get it. And it will cost us. Dearly.

Don Brown
January 19, 2007

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