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Big Oil & its allies certainly are not going to go down easy

To The Daily Sun,

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the nation's most powerful oil lobby and it knew of the dangers of rising CO2 levels in the late 1970s. From 1979 to 1983, it teamed up with Exxon, Mobil, Amoco, Phillips, Texaco, Shell, Sunoco, Sohio as well as Standard Oil of California and Gulf Oil (now Chevron) to run a task force to monitor and share climate research.

Internal documents uncovered by investigations showed that the energy giants began their own state-of-the-art CO2 sampling program in 1978 to better understand the relationship between its product, increased atmospheric CO2, and climate change.

Like the tobacco companies when they learned the connection between tobacco and cancer, API chose to begin decades of propaganda designed cast doubt on the science and protect profits. That strategy cost Big Tobacco hundreds of billions of dollars in 1998 when they were found guilty of racketeering and fraudulent practices in order to protect the bottom line.

Now there are calls for the same kind of anti-racketeering action against the energy giants who knew of the dangers decades ago but chose to attack science and fund the deniers. The attorneys general of New York, Massachusetts, California, and the American Virgin Islands are investigating Exxon to determine if the company deliberately lied to investors, the public, and the government about the threat of climate change.

In the Virgin Islands, the AG has served 90 conservative organizations with subpoenas for internal documents. Those served include the usual suspects: CATO, American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, Federalist Society, Hoover Institute, etc. The latest demands from the AG are filed under anti-racketeering laws which may set the stage for a Big-Tobacco-like investigation and trial.

Big Oil and its allies in the denio-sphere aren't going down easy, either. They think the demands violate their constitutional rights. Blah, blah, blah. Hillary Clinton called for a federal probe back in October so this could be big after January.

"They took the environmental unit and put it into the political department, which was primarily lobbyists. They weren't focused on doing research or on improving the oil industry's impact on pollution. They were less interested in pushing the envelope of science and more interested in how to make it more advantageous politically or economically for the oil industry." (James J. Nelson, the former director of the API task force on CO2)

To keep up with this story, go to the Pulitzer-winning site, Inside Climate News, at http://insideclimatenews.org/
Politico is also covering this with a recent article, "Exxon scrambles to contain climate crusade" at http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/exxon-climate-campaign-222920

James Veverka

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Michelle Malkin - #TwistedTwitter

Social media giant Twitter's got 99 problems, yet the politically correct company is far more worried about the "optics" of cooperating with federal agents trying to stop jihadist plotters online.

Hashtag it: #TwistedTwitterPriorities.

The company's stock hit a record low this month. Half of the company's senior executives abandoned their posts earlier this year. Ad growth is sluggish. Desperate attempts to mimic Facebook have turned off users. And the micro-blogging network's political pandering to liberals through the formation of an Orwellian Trust and Safety Council earned global scorn.

Despite these existential troubles, Twitter bigwigs turned their attention this week to what they reportedly perceive as a real threat to their ailing business: America's counterterrorism officials!

No wonder Twitter's twumbling.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the tech titan cut off U.S. intelligence agencies from access to an exclusive tweet-sifting service it owns a 5 percent stake in called Dataminr. Its staff sends clients valuable analyses and alerts of "unfolding terror attacks, political unrest and other potentially important events."

For the past two years, Dataminr has worked with government surveillance operatives to detect and flag real-time patterns and national security dangers found in hundreds of millions of daily tweets. It offered early warnings on the Paris terror attacks last fall, the Brussels jihad this March and ISIS attacks on oil fields in Libya.

The feds have been rightly under fire for not being on top of terrorists' social media organizing and communications. ISIS recruiters, propagandists and planners have spread like gangrene on the Internet. Pilot programs with cutting-edge private tech companies like the one developed with Dataminr make absolute homeland security sense.

You might think it would also make good business sense. Who wouldn't want to boast of proprietary algorithms producing actionable intelligence that might be saving countless American lives (as opposed to just benefiting Wall Street traders)?

Answer: The preening social justice nitwits at Twitter who, according to the Journal's intel sources, are concerned with the negative impression some in the public might have because Dataminr teamed with the government against Muslim terrorists.

Twitter is putting progressive politics and profits above patriotism much like Apple, which infamously refused to help the FBI unlock dead San Bernardino jihadist Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone earlier this year.

Here's the difference: There's no privacy principle involved in denying our intel agencies access to Dataminr's expertise. All the tweets published on the platform are public information. Moreover, Twitter and Dataminr are happy to sell their news alerts to other paying clients — including financial institutions, NGOs and media organizations — just as long as those clients aren't using the data to, you know, stop bloody terrorist attacks by Islamic suicide bombers, mass murderers and machete-wielders.

Twitter's direct message to government counterterrorism experts now shut out of the Dataminr service: Screw you. Screw America. You're on your own.

This latest stunt is sure to please Twitter execs' San Francisco friends and neighbors. The ACLU is ecstatic, of course. Its deputy legal director Jameel Jaffer praised the cutoff and told Techcrunch.com: "It's completely understandable that a social media company like Twitter doesn't want to be seen as an arm of American intelligence agencies."

So Twitter prefers to be seen as a de facto arm of al-Qaida, al-Shabab, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood? Duly noted. If the social network hadn't allowed tens of thousands of jihad operatives from around the world to infest and exploit the site in the first place, there'd be no urgent reason for our intel agencies to monitor them.

As for troublesome "optics," nobody beats the jihadists at disseminating negative images. Just a few months ago, the Islamic State put out a video threatening Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with bullet-riddled photos of his face and the iconic Twitter bluebird logo.

Traitorous Twitter won't help the government track terrorists with the best available tools in its arsenal. But if jihad were to strike Twitter headquarters, these same information-squelching executives will expect every last government counterterrorism agency and law enforcement office to help them out and bring Islamic attackers to justice.

Keep screwing yourselves, Twitter.

(Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin is the daughter of Filipino Immigrants. She was born in Philadelphia, raised in southern New Jersey and now lives with her husband and daughter in Colorado. Her weekly column is carried by more than 100 newspapers.)

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