What kind of Tea are they Drinking Anyway?

Thu, 2010-10-21 07:06Ross Gelbspan
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What kind of Tea are they Drinking Anyway?

Skepticism and outright denial of global warming are among the articles of faith of the Tea Party movement, here in Indiana and across the country. For some, it is a matter of religious conviction; for others, it is driven by distrust of those they call the elites. And for others still, efforts to address climate change are seen as a conspiracy to impose world government and a sweeping redistribution of wealth. But all are wary of the Obama administration’s plans to regulate carbon dioxide, a ubiquitous gas, which will require the expansion of government authority into nearly every corner of the economy.

 

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If anyone has any doubts about the kind of guerilla activism promoted by the Tea-Party movement see this section of the film (Astro)Turf Wars. Filmed in secret on a camera phone, it depicts a training session given at a Koch Industries sponsored event.

I am a regular user of Youtube and have seen some pretty nasty bullying. Now I know where it is coming from.

If the link doesn’t work the URL is www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGB8Uuffi4M

What’s free, tastes oily and has strings attached? It’s Koch-aid!

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Every good magician knows that the key to success is misdirecting the audience. You have to draw everyone’s attention away from your ultimate goal in order to perform the trick. Politics is no different, and one of the greatest misdirections in recent memory has been pulled off by the fossil fuel industry.

While most of the environmental movement was (rightfully) focusing attention on stopping the Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline from crossing over one of the most vital aquifers in the U.S., the dirty energy industry was quietly building a network of...

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