Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Debunking "Clean"-Diesel-Propaganda

With lengthly papers and propaganda websites the well financed Diesel-Lobby tries to downplay the health issues and the fact that diesel fumes are the main source of climate change promoter black carbon.

The paper "Climate Change, Black Carbon & Clean Diesel" denies the fact that "Clean Diesel" - which it is not – is a major source of black carbon. Was it written with the help of Burson-Marsteller?

Obviously the Diesel-Lobby tries to ignore and deny the fact, that climate scientists see Black Carbon as an important climate factor
Black Carbon: An Overlooked Climate Factor

Both following Diesel-Fuel-Propaganda-websites promote Diesel and deny the massive health problems caused by even new Diesel-Engines:

Is Burson-Marsteller running the "Clean" Diesel Fuel-Campaign? It's verly likely...
Anti-fossil fuel tax campaign
In 1993 Burson-Marsteller led a $1.8m campaign to defeat a proposed tax on fossil fuels. President Clinton’s BTU (British Thermal Unit) Tax was the U.S.'s most ambitious measure to combat climate change. The BTU Tax was to be levied on fossil fuels, specifically on the heat generating capacity of fossil fuels. (A BTU is a measure of how much heat a given mass of fuel releases.) A $.25 per gallon gasoline tax and other levies were at the center of Clinton’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2000. The National Association of Manufacturers (a sponsor of the Global Climate Coalition), the American Petroleum Institute, more than 1,600 large and small companies, as well as farmers organized to create the American Energy Alliance (AEA), specifically to derail the BTU tax.

The AEA hired B-M to orchestrate the campaign. Deploying some 45 staff in 23 states, B-M organised a "grassroots" letter writing and phone-in campaign. It placed anti-BTU articles and editorials in the press, commissioned sceptical economists to write reports, and obtained media access for businesspeople to express their views. It also lobbied against the tax in Washington, D.C. Congressional support for the BTU tax quickly withered and Clinton’s plan was defeated. Congress voted for the tax to be kept below $.05 per gallon. Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen described the BTU campaign as “one of the most sophisticated jobs I've seen by lobbyists in a long time.”


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