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UCS-Heartland scrap has Pfizer in the middle

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Continuing with my recent theme on health and climate change, Pfizer, the “world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company,” also maintains that “as a science-based health care company [it] has long recognized the risks posed by global climate change such as more severe weather events and potential adverse impacts on human health.”

So why does Pfizer, manufacturer of Viagra and Zoloft among other modern drugs, support the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute—the think tank famous for its infamous billboard campaign comparing people who agree with what scientists say about climate change to the Unabomber? This is the same outfit that The Economist says is “‘the world’s most prominent think tank promoting skepticism about man-made climate change.” Read the rest of this entry »


Written by William DiBenedetto

16 July, 2012 at 2:05 am

Climate change and health

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It should be pretty obvious that climate change is bad for the health of the planet and, well, all of us. But when a major health care provider such as Kaiser Permanente publicly recognizes that climate change threatens its basic mission—delivering improved health—shouldn’t that go a long way to depoliticizing the topic and shutting the diehard climate deniers up?

One would think so, but logic, science and the facts don’t work that way anymore. As we’ve seen in the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, the spread of lies, inaccuracies, fear-mongering and just plain stupidity about what the ACA means and will do coming from right-wing’s sore-loser opponents of the law continues unabated. (Message to the Republican Party: You lost! Get. Over. It.) Read the rest of this entry »

Written by William DiBenedetto

2 July, 2012 at 2:08 am

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