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Joe Romm at Climate Progress writes Greenwashing Hypocrite of the Year CEO Of Anti-Science ExxonMobil Bemoans State Of Science Education:

Chutzpah has been defined as “that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.”

What else can one call the brazen hypocrisy of Rex Tillerson, Chair and CEO of Exxon Mobil — which has spent millions of dollars promoting scientific illiteracy — complaining that there are too few scientifically literate job applicants! But that’s just what he does in his Wall Street Journal op-ed, “How to Stop the Drop in American Education“:

American employers do not have enough applicants with adequate skills, especially in science, technology, engineering and math. The “STEM-related” positions that U.S. industry needs to fill are not just for biochemists, biophysicists and engineers. More and more jobs are applying cutting-edge technologies and now demand deeper knowledge of math and science in positions that most people don’t think of as STEM-related, including machinists, electricians, auto techs, medical technicians, plumbers and pipefitters.
Yes the head of the second-biggest fossil-fuel funder of anti-science disinformation — whose goal is to kill the public’s trust in scientists and the scientific method — is worried that young people don’t want to study science or pursue science as a career. [...]

A 2011 study found that “9 out of 10 top climate change deniers [were] linked with Exxon Mobil.” A 2009 analysis detailed the anti-science groups funded by Exxon who promoted the Climategate attacks on scientists. [...]

If America is doing an inadequate job training scientifically literate students — and it is — Exxon Mobil is part of the problem, not the solution.


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on the day before this date in 2002A war resolution all of Congress can support:

The administration briefed some members of Congresss on the Iraqi situation, but apparantly offered no new information. […]

[H]ere's a resolution that everyone can support, and will ensure we don't go to war:
We, the Congress of the United States, authorize force to effect 'Regime Change' in Iraq, provided the following conditions are met:

    1. The Administration certifies that Iraq is manufacturing weapons of mass destruction, and provides evidence of such;

    2. The Administration, working alongside the U.N. Security Council, makes a bona fide and concerted effort to reintroduce UN weapons inspectors back into Iraq, in accordance to previous Security Council resolutions; and

    3. The Administration secures new authorization to effect 'regime change' from the U.N. Security Council.

You know they'll never be able to get Security Council authorization. Oh, we can have lots of fun with this resolution -- we can add requirements that the US have binding commitments from other nations for Iraq's rebuilding, or requirements that the US enter battle alongside a broad international coalition of more than just UK.


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Instead of bombing Syria, we should be glitter bombing Russia. #LGBT
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On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin's roundup buries a central neocon tenet, and once again illustrates the Gop's inability to win general elections with just its base. Armando foists Michael Tomasky's Daily Beast piece on Syria on us. He didn't mean for us to seriously dissect it, but we did anyway, and thus did Syria end up occupying the bulk of the show once again. Other subjects of interest: Armando's weekend sports show (12 noon ET on netrootsradio.com), McConnell's anti-Obama tactics boomerang, and the NRA joins the ACLU's anti-spying lawsuit.


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