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December 27, 2011 by Tony Noerpel filed under Columns, Sustainable Planet No Comments
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“We are thoroughgoing liars, even to ourselves. Our most prized possession – language – not only strengthens our ability to lie but greatly extends its range.” Robert Trivers, The Folly of Fools [1]

In my November 13 article in the Blue Ridge Leader [2], I mentioned a pro-nuclear friend whom I had asked for information which might support the viability nuclear energy. At the time he had not delivered. Since then he recommended the World Council of Energy 2010 Survey of Energy Resources report [3] which is very useful, fact-based and loaded with content. The uranium and nuclear energy chapters were written by Hans-Holger Rogner, whom I’ve written about in prior articles and of whom I have high regard [4]. Not that I necessarily agree with him on any point but I do take his opinion seriously. I am preparing a few articles on his report chapters but it will take some time as research and fact checking is required. Rogner’s report is exactly the kind of information I was expecting from my friend. And it is exactly the kind of meaty information which is worth digging into. More recently, he sent me a link to a content free TV interview with a nuclear power industry lobbyist [5] with the comment: “This story will be of interest to you.”

I assume everybody knows that lobbyists are not hired to tell the truth. This is not to say that all lobbyist lie all the time but simply recognition of the fact that they are being paid to represent the views of their clients, regardless of truthfulness of those views. If they deviate from those views, they are fired. They are simply not at liberty to tell the truth. In the most egregious cases, no tobacco company had paid a lobbyist to tell the truth about the harmful effects of second hand tobacco smoke and the fossil fuels industry has not hired a lobbyist to tell the truth about anthropogenic global warming. To be fair, there is probably some selection process taking place where lobbyists with certain views find clients with similar views.

Last week I heard an NPR reporter interview two lobbyists about the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) legislation being considered by congress. She introduced one of them as a lobbyist representing the motion picture industry, Motion Picture Association of America, which supports the legislation and the other as a lobbyist representing a group of large internet companies which oppose the legislation. Although the interview lacked a lobbyist or representative who reflected the possible impact of the legislation on the public, the rest of us, the 99%, it was a balanced and honest bit of reporting so far as it went. Pointedly, the interviewer did not bring up extraneous and gratuitous information about the lobbyists themselves, stuff that may or may not have been true about their pasts but is irrelevant to SOPA. The interview was about the pros and cons of the legislation and not at all about the lobbyists. Listeners were well informed that the two participants were lobbyists and nothing more nor less at the start of the segment and again at the conclusion. For more information on SOPA here are some links [6].

On November 12, 2011, NBC12 reporter Ryan Nobles interviewed nuclear energy lobbyist Patrick Moore, whose public relations company, Greenspirit Strategies, represents the Nuclear Energy Institute, which itself is a lobby company for the nuclear power industry. This interview is empty of content and is easily dismissed except that it is a good example of Trivers’ argument that we are thoroughgoing liars. Nobles introduction states “Patrick Moore is the co-founder of Greenpeace. He left the organization several years ago and now works in the search for “clean, safe and reliable” energy.” This is deceitful on several counts. First Greenpeace was founded in 1970 and Moore joined in March of 1971. He was not a founder and was apparently thrown out of the group acrimoniously in 1986 [7]. While fifteen years is a long time to be associated with Greenpeace as an activist, this was 25 years ago. Second, Moore is not working in the search for energy of any form, clean, dirty or otherwise. There are plenty of scientists and engineers searching for alternative forms of energy. Moore is not one of them. Moore is simply a lobbyist nothing more or less working to promote the views of his clients, who in this case happen to be the nuclear power industry. Third and most important, Nobles never mentions Moore’s lobbying activities during the interview and this is an unmistakable lie of omission. Viewers have a right to know this.

Nobles even adds unnecessarily, “you’re an environmentalist, correct?” This is a question Moore wisely doesn’t answer since he isn’t. Moore’s scam is to leave the viewer with the mistaken impression that he is. The way the interview was scripted easily leads a viewer to conclude incorrectly that “even some Greenpeace environmentalist supports uranium mining” which of course is not true. Nobles could have done a story on uranium mining in Virginia introducing Moore as a lobbyist associated with NEI and the interview would have been content free but at least on some level honest. Nobles could have followed that up with an interview of a real Greenpeace representative and that would have been content free but honest. Or Nobles could have interviewed them both together. That too would have been content free but vastly more entertaining. Had Nobles truthfully introduced Moore as a lobbyist representing the NEI, viewers would have been better informed as to why Moore was being interviewed in the first place. They would have been able to correctly dismiss the otherwise content free interview as just another nuclear industry hack who supports mining uranium, and so what else is news. Nobles is complicit in Moore’s dishonesty. Contrast Nobles shoddy calculated reporting with the more professional and honest reporting I referred to above on NPR.

What to make of Moore? Reasonably, we might conclude he is a scoundrel in the vein of Chris The Third Lord Viscount Monckton of Benchley, who is not a governing Lord as he portrays himself nor is he a scientist as he likes to pretend [8]. He is just another global warming denier using his title to pseudo-legitimize himself and his ridiculous arguments. Likewise, Moore uses his past relationship with Greenpeace to stimulate business for his public relations company and to green wash the activities of his corporate clients.

Moore may have at one time been an environmentalist but he is clearly not one now. We cannot bastardize the English language to the extent that we consider a global warming denier such as Moore an environmentalist. The blog Skeptical Scientist [9] does a very credible and thorough job of debunking global warming denier arguments both the vast majority, which are not scientific, and the small minority, which have at least some science content, i.e., have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. I have made the claim that there is literally no scientific evidence to support global warming denial and an exhaustive literature search by Jim Powell, at Skeptical Scientists finds only 59 denier articles in the scientific literature. All of the arguments made in these articles have been satisfactorily shown not to be supported by any data and soundly refuted in the literature as part of the peer-review process, which is exactly how science works. Taking them all together the aggregate would not come anywhere near contradicting the anthropogenic global warming theory even if they were true anyway. Moore’s opinion is not simply inconsistent with environmentalism; it is entirely inconsistent with reality. To be fare, being so busily engaged in his lobbying activities, Moore has probably not had time to keep up with recent science, beginning with Joseph Fourier’s original paper identifying green house effect on the Earth’s climate, written in 1824 and of course everything else since [10].

While I appreciate my friend sending me the Rogner reference and am enjoying digging into that, I have no idea why he sent me the link to this Moore interview and why he thought I would find it interesting. As Trivers argues in his highly readable and important book, we are all potentially liars and we are surrounded by liars and evidence of a few more is hardly noteworthy. What saves us from self-deceit is science and our accumulated scientific knowledge as Richard Feynman has pointed out.

By the way, Trivers’ book is highly recommended.

[1] Robert Trivers, “The Folly of Fools, The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life,” Basic Books, 2011.

[2] http://brleader.com/?p=6535

[3] http://www.worldenergy.org/publications/3040.asp

[4] See my November 25, 2010 article http://brleader.com/?p=2425 wherein I reference Rogner, H. H., An assessment of world hydrocarbon resources, Annual Review of Energy and the Environment, 22:217-262, 1997.

[5] http://www.nbc12.com/story/16230121/interview-uranium-study-due-out-next-week

[6] see for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act#Supporters;
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/269748/20111220/sopa-stopping-piracy-killing-internet-poll.htm;
http://americancensorship.org/
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/12/16/founder-internet-fears-unprecedented-web-censorship-from-sopa/;
http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/

[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Moore_(environmentalist)

[8] http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/07/23/276445/house-of-lords-tehouse-of-lords-monckton-to-cease-and-desist-claim-hes-a-member-of-house-of-lords-u-n-urges-maldives-to-prepare-for-climate-change/

[9] http://www.skepticalscience.com/case-against-AGW-part3.html

[10] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Fourier

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The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Child Safety Day

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Saturday, August 2 from 12pm-4pm  FREE

Get up close to awesome rescue squad vehicles and cool interactive displays! Enjoy music, inflatables,  prizes and giveaways and more fun. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule.

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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August 2, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

Summer Saturdays

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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View From the Ridge

There’s a New Gang in Town – And Isn’t It Time?

3 Jun 2014

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For many, the recent town-wide elections in Purcellville present all of western Loudoun with a significant opportunity to launch a more citizen-focused future. On July 1 there will be a new mayor and a decidedly different balance of power on the Purcellville Town Council, as four new members with fresh …

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Editorial

Bed and Breakfasts – Boon or Threat to the Rural Economy?

3 Jun 2014

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By Malcolm and Pamela Baldwin Breaking news, in case you missed it: the Board of Supervisors has created new rules for bed-and-breakfast establishments in Loudoun, among them an increase in the number and frequency of events – such as weddings – B&Bs are allowed to host on their properties. At the same time, the board also tightened fire safety, building …

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4 Mar 2014

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Lifestyle

Susan Greenbaum to Perform in Middleburg

17 Jul 2014

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The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Susan Greenbaum on Saturday, July 26 for the last of our four Saturday evening concerts in Middleburg. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The Middleburg concerts are now held at the Middleburg Community Center baseball field, located at 300 West Washington Street. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and …

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Woodgrove High School Debate Camp

15 Jul 2014

Ms. Purvis’s WHS Debate Team is conducting a debate camp this summer from August 4 through August 8. It will be held each day from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Woodgrove High School and is open to students who will be attending Woodgrove HS or Loudoun Valley HS. The purpose of the camp is to introduce aspiringdebaters to the art …

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Solas to Perform in Leesburg for Bluemont Concert Series

15 Jul 2014

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The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Solas on Sunday, July 27th at 7:00 PM for the fifth of six Sunday evening concerts held on the grounds of the Old Loudoun Courthouse, located at 18 East Market St. in historic, downtown Leesburg. All are welcome at these family-oriented events and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to …

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Wild Loudoun

Fireflies – Green Sequins Of The Night

3 Jul 2014

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I don’t usually start my Wild Loudoun column by sharing information about the scientific classification into which a given plant, animal or insect falls. But, in the case of the firefly, it’s too fun not too … Fireflies are part of an insect family known as Lampyridae … as in “lamp.” Of course they are, you say. Firefly larva – …

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Around Virginia

VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples today announced that John William “Billy” Haun of Charlottesville will become the Virginia Department of Education’s chief academic officer, taking the position of assistant superintendent of instruction on September 1. “I am delighted that Billy is bringing his knowledge, leadership and innovative ideas …

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LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

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Speaker of the House William Howell has appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), effective immediately and lasting for the duration of his term in the House of Delegates. The Commission meets several times throughout the year to “Study all aspects …

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Virginia Earns Top Special Education Rating from U.S. Department of Education

Virginia is one of only 18 states and territories earning a “meets requirements” designation under the US Department of Education’s (USED) new results-driven accountability model for rating state compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Previously in rating states, USED focused on procedural requirements such as timelines …

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Sports

Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

20 Jul 2014

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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014. The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier …

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Lady Vikings Claim District Lacrosse Title

3 Jun 2014

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By Mac Shuford The Loudoun Valley girls lacrosse team beat Woodgrove 10-7 on May 22 for the district championship. It was a hard fought victory and a long time coming as Valley had never beaten Woodgrove until this game, having narrowly lost last year’s district and regional Titles in the …

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Letters

Good News – Virginia Budget Passed

3 Jul 2014

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I hope folks have heard the good news that Virginia has passed a two-year budget, and passed it without allowing our new governor to force …

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T-Mac Does an O’Bama

24 Jun 2014

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Everyone by now has heard that the Virginia Legislature was able to pass a budget without medicaid expansion. This has infuriated the Governor who has …

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De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget

11 Jun 2014

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At a September 25, 2103, debate sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, then Mr. McAuliffe declared, “No budget will be shut down in Virginia …

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