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White Coke Cans Fund Polar Bear Myths (w/Video)
National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 31, 2011 | Paul Chesser

Posted on 10/31/2011 8:24:45 AM PDT by jazusamo

white Coke can

For years Coca-Cola has given millions of dollars to eco-extreme group World Wildlife Fund, whose alarmism and perpetration of falsehoods are unmatched among its cohorts in climate activism. Now Coke has initiated a new campaign with WWF that features its iconic advertising species in an effort to drive more funding to the international nonprofit group to “protect the polar bears’ Arctic home.”

The promotion will include new packaging for Coke over the holiday season, changing its familiar red cans to white, and featuring an image of a mother polar bear and her cubs on the side. Coke says it will donate $2 million over five years to WWF for “polar bear conservation efforts,” and will also match donations made at iCoke.ca. Last year Coke gave WWF $1.64 million for its various activities globally.

VIDEO 2:13 minutes

“The planet is changing very quickly, and nowhere more quickly than in the Arctic,” says Gerald Butts, president of WWF-Canada.

“It’s really important that we all understand that they need our help,” he added. “Climate change is changing livelihoods, it’s changing migration patterns for species, and we want to plan ahead. We want a future for the Arctic where the communities of people who live there are vibrant and sustainable, and the iconic species – in particular the polar bear – has a long-term future on the planet.”

Butts speaks so little truth. First with the easy part: more human beingsdie in cold weather than in heat. As for the Arctic, temperatures in the 1930s increased at a rate of .5 degrees per year, so the idea that any possible current warming is unprecedented is silly. And a recent Canadian study found evidence that an Arctic ice shelf fractured 1,400 years ago , “long before industrialization had any impact on the planet.” Meanwhile Arctic ice is growing at a record rate, and more than 30 percent of the missing ice area in the western Arctic has recovered since 2007. Arctic climate patterns, which have shown warming in recent years, are attributable to solar changes and ocean currents , not increases in human-produced carbon dioxide.

And then there are the precious polar bears. Their estimated numbers – according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – have increased by somewhere between double and quintuple (that is, growing from between 5,000 and 10,000 to 20,000-25,000) from the 1950s until now. They are also known to be tremendously resilient, and in some areas where they have declined, the reason has been attributed to too much ice. As far as healthy populations, according to officials in the extreme northern territory of Nunavut in Canada, polar bears “have not declined.”

“Based on hunter observations, polar bears are presently still healthy and abundant across Nunavut,” said territorial Environment Minister Daniel Shewchuk, “and for that reason, not a species of special concern.”

Meanwhile a study often cited as proof of the dangers of global warming to polar bears was “ filled with baseless assumptions.” The report, by biologist Charles Monnett, discussed the discovery of four bear carcasses in the sea, and implied that the deaths were attributed to loss of ice. Monnett was placed on administrative leave and he and a collaborator are being investigated for scientific misconduct.

As for advocacy-oriented WWF and the “sound science” of proven global warming, it is a fantasy. Alarmists have long held up the reports of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the authoritative attestation by scholarly researchers that the planet is warming because of human-produced emissions through the burning of fossil fuels for energy. But thanks to revelations from theClimategate scandal and other discoveries (like the debunked Hockey Stick chart), the IPCC reports were sourced in many parts with non-peer reviewed literature like boot-cleaning guides, student dissertations, climbing magazines , and even (drum roll please)… WWF pamphlets!

Such is the shaky foundation upon which the catastrophic global warming edifice has been constructed, and now WWF (net assets as of Fiscal Year 2009: $238 million) hopes its ongoing relationship with Coca-Cola will continue to provide millions of dollars for its anti-fossil fuels campaign . According to the Center for Responsive Politics, WWF – a truly international organization – spent $1.6 million on lobbying in 2009, just in the United States. Its stated agenda items for lobbying purposes included:

Development of climate legislation including mitigation, adaptation, reduced tropical deforestation.

Energy efficiency provisions in stimulus, budget and energy legislation (Crony capitalistic slush funding for illusionary “Green jobs.

International financing for clean technology transfer and cooperation like funding for overseas “Solyndras.”

Meanwhile WWF officials, like so many climate crusaders, fail to abide by the practices they admonish others to follow. The organization wants limits placed upon aviation because of its significant contribution to carbon dioxide emissions, but WWF president Carter Roberts (total 2009 compensation: $455,147) fails to lead by example, and routinely flies to remote locales as though it helps call attention to the planet’s plight. According to its tax returns WWF spent $5.1 million in 2009 on travel, which included a flight by Roberts as “one of several passengers on a roundtrip charter flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, (Manitoba).” Claiming there were no commercial flights available, WWF reported, “this trip was part of a field visit by staff and donors to see WWF’s work in the Arctic and the impacts of climate change.”

As for political inclinations, WWF’s managing director of climate change, Lou Leonard, was environmental policy analyst and field organizer for President Obama’s presidential campaign. His bio on the WWF Web site states, “As an environmental lawyer and climate policy expert, you can imagine the list of ‘to-do’s’ he has for the new administration.”

So each purchase of a white Coca-Cola can supports: false testimony on global warming; perpetration of the myth about endangered polar bears; ongoing distortion of the UN IPCC process; activism to fight the development of affordable coal, oil and natural gas; hypocrites who won’t follow their own recommendations; and expansion of already excessive environmental regulations.

Doesn’t it make your heart all fizzy?

Paul Chesser is an associate fellow for the National Legal and Policy Center and is director of communications and research for American Tradition Institute .


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: climatechange; cocacola; globalwarming; nlpc; polarbears; worldwildlifefund; wwf

1 posted on 10/31/2011 8:24:49 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: steelyourfaith

Ping!


2 posted on 10/31/2011 8:26:02 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Coke needs to focus on drinks and not wild life science.


3 posted on 10/31/2011 8:27:17 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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To: jazusamo

>> The planet is changing very quickly, and nowhere more quickly than in ...

America’s guts, which are daily pumped full of gallons of corn syrup. Mmmmmmm!


4 posted on 10/31/2011 8:28:00 AM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: jazusamo
Coco Cola is evil. it contains the known global waming gas CO2.

I'm boycotting them.

5 posted on 10/31/2011 8:28:08 AM PDT by null and void (MSGT Dean Hopkins USMC (ret) WWII-Korea-Vietnam 11/9/1925-10/22/2011 My hero, my Dad)
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To: jazusamo

A mother polar bear and her cubs. Cute. Where’s the father bear?

If Coke really wants to make a statement, they would eliminate CO2 from their products.

A new environmentally conscious flat Coke. That should be a hit in the marketplace!


6 posted on 10/31/2011 8:29:58 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: bmwcyle

Exactly! Especially bogus wildlife science.


7 posted on 10/31/2011 8:31:13 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo; golux; SteamShovel; Bockscar; Thunder90; rdl6989; marvlus; Fractal Trader; Whenifhow; ...
Thanx for the ping jazusamo !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

8 posted on 10/31/2011 8:32:12 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

9 posted on 10/31/2011 8:33:16 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: null and void

Too bad the temperature doesn’t stay exactly where each person wants it to, each and every day.

I want the government to guarantee the weather from now on.

And no taxes. My money for nothing and my chicks for free.


10 posted on 10/31/2011 8:36:46 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Fresh Wind
"Where’s the father bear?"

Doing five to ten in some zoo for illegal seal hunting.

11 posted on 10/31/2011 8:37:00 AM PDT by Rashputin (Obama stark, raving, mad, and even his security people know it.)
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To: jazusamo

Somebody has been sniffing the white coke.


12 posted on 10/31/2011 8:41:13 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Fresh Wind
Where’s the father bear?

As a white male, he was much dumber than the mama bear and especially clueless compared to the bear cubs and therefore drowned by getting onto an ice floe, reduced in size by global warming, that would not support his weight.

13 posted on 10/31/2011 8:41:45 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Idi Obama = Just your everyday, ordinary, 3rd World Dictator)
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To: QBFimi
“The planet is changing very quickly, and nowhere more quickly than in the Arctic,

Of course, this has nothing to do with the fact that at the poles, the weather changes quickly due to the exaggerated change in the length of the day and night.

14 posted on 10/31/2011 8:41:47 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: jazusamo

Wow. Bailing out of Coke purchases now. What a shame.


15 posted on 10/31/2011 8:42:41 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I guess some Occupiers are more 99% than other Occupiers.)
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To: jazusamo

Ping, that’s the sound of a pellet bouncing off a white coke can used for plinking. I think these cans are great. You can score higher for the little bears too.


16 posted on 10/31/2011 8:46:12 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: jazusamo

Ping, that’s the sound of a pellet hitting a white coke can used for plinking. I think these cans are great. You can score higher for the little bears too.


17 posted on 10/31/2011 8:46:37 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: jazusamo
Need to send some WWF "researchers" up into the Artic to check out the cute snowbound teddy bears. It will increase the population of bears, they like warm food. Cute bears
18 posted on 10/31/2011 9:19:14 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Fresh Wind
A mother polar bear and her cubs. Cute. Where’s the father bear?

Male polar bears will occationally eat bear cubs, or anything else that moves for that matter!

19 posted on 10/31/2011 9:27:04 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (I'm an AmeriCain!)
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To: Fresh Wind
It even isn't a very attractive can design. At first glance, it has a washed-out white appearance and all you can see of the polar bears are a faint outline and the eyes.

It would look much better with the polar bears and "Coca-Cola" lettering in white against the traditional red background.

20 posted on 10/31/2011 9:30:13 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: American in Israel

LOL! That clip is funny but I have the feeling that guy wasn’t laughing.

I understand polar bears have no aversion to eating humans.


21 posted on 10/31/2011 9:30:13 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

More racism from Coke! What about black bears? I’m filing a class-action suit against Coke for discrimination against black bears!


22 posted on 10/31/2011 10:40:10 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: null and void

Yep me too, I’m done with Coke for the foreseeable future.
I always thought the mascot was cute, but Coke (and a lot of other Corporations) needs to remove it’s head from it’s a$$.
I grew up drinking Coca-Cola. When they made the switch to that hideous “New Coke”, I left, and came back to Coke Classic. But the Coke being sold today isn’t the same. I think they ended up slipping parts of that “new” formula back in. I have switched to 90% Pepsi, 9% Dr.Pepper, and 1% Cheerwine (when I can get a care package from Charlotte).
People keep asking me why I still drink soda, or pop if you prefer, and I tell them because it’s the last vice I have left!.

I can still remember my Mom telling me years ago that Coke was a Democrat drink, and Pepsi was a Republican drink. I don’t know what her basis for this was, but she was a lifelong Republican, as was her family so I took her word for it.


23 posted on 10/31/2011 2:52:55 PM PDT by rikkir (Political office should be a sacrifice, not a reward. Do your service and GO HOME!)
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To: Fresh Wind

New New Coke!


24 posted on 10/31/2011 8:04:39 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: Rashputin

“Doing five to ten in some zoo for illegal seal hunting”

Now THAT’S funny !!!!!!!!


25 posted on 10/31/2011 8:11:15 PM PDT by Mears (I can't take anymore of this.)
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To: rikkir
I can still remember my Mom telling me years ago that Coke was a Democrat drink, and Pepsi was a Republican drink.

That was before the CEO of Pepsi declared that the US was equivalent to one's middle finger raised in a well-known salute.

26 posted on 11/01/2011 2:49:23 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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