Why Are They Shilling for Pombo Today?
Well since speculative posts are all the rage these days, I’ve got another doozy for you. While I was looking at my Topix.net XML feed on Richard Pombo and I saw the following headline, “Junk Science on Mercury Debunked.” I had heard that Richard Pombo and Jim Gibbons (yes the same guy who helped author the Pombo Amendment on mining) had come out with some sort of whitewash on the dangers of ingesting mercury. I clicked over figuring some enterprising scientist had debunked Pombo’s claims. Instead, I read a press release, dated today, from the Heartland Institute supporting Pombo.
Now before you all get uppity, you need to know that the Heartland Institute looks like another GOP astroturf group funded by the likes of the Scaife Foundations, ExxonMobil, and Phillip Morris. So it’s not surprising they’d shill for Pombo.
What is surprising is that the press release came out today when there’s apparently no news about this issue. I mean the press release itself essentially rehashed info (well really, rehashed bullshit) that’s been out since February. So I wonder if this is an attempt to provide some positive press for a pair of Representatives that have caused quite a stir (and not in a good way), even among their fellow Republicans.
Can anyone else think of another good reason for this press release? Please drop a comment if you have anything insightful to say about this.