Warren Buffett: Climate Killer?

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Over at Rolling Stone, Tim Dickinson has published a list of 17 “polluters and deniers who are derailing efforts to curb global warming.” Topping his list is a rather unconventional choice: Obama advisor and Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffett. Dickinson points out that Buffett has poo-pooed the climate bill as a “huge tax” that would mean “very poor people are going to pay a lot more for their electricity.” Moreover, he’s poured money into some of America’s dirtiest companies, recently purchasing 1.28 million shares of ExxonMobil and buying the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad–the nation’s top hauler of coal–for $26 billion, his largest purchase ever. “As a savvy investor,” Dickinson writes, “Buffett would only buy a coal-shipping railroad if he felt certain that Congress would fail to crack down on coal pollution.”

Dickinson’s list of 17 “climate killers” is a good read for anyone who wants to get up to speed on the right wing’s hit squad. And for a more targeted rundown of people who are pusing climate change skepticism, check out our Dirty Dozen of Climate Change Denial.

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