Smoke and mirrors
May 27, 2008 4:03 PM Subscribe
Meet Joules the climate change-sceptic robot.
posted by MrMerlot (45 comments total)
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Joules is employed to teach 8-14 year-old school children in the UK about energy use. Joules says
: "oil and gas could be in short supply in about 50 years time. The earth is believed to be getting warmer and sea levels apper to be rising. Energy Chest is funded in part by the world's biggest oil company: ExxonMobil
Energy Chest follows a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists
, entitled “Smoke, Mirrors & Hot Air”
[PDF] which demonstrated how the "oil giant has adopted the tobacco industry’s disinformation tactics", (as well as some of their personnel), to "cloud the scientific understanding of climate change and delay action on the issue". While in the UK, the Royal Society has complained about ExxonMobil campaign
to fund groups that attempt to undermine the scientific consensus on climate change. Not that the kids are being told all that when they stumble across Joules or - worse - are being shown him by their teacher.