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    Myths

    LIE: Environmentalists pushed drilling farther offshore, leading to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

    TRUTH: Oil companies drill far offshore because that’s where the oil is

    LIE: The scientific consensus on global warming was undermined by “Climategate”

    TRUTH: The “Climategate” allegations were disproven by six official investigations

    LIE: Erroneous Himalayan glacier statement in IPCC report undermines evidence of global warming

    TRUTH: An error on Himalayan glaciers in an IPCC report didn’t affect its broader conclusion

    LIE: IPCC report misrepresented a study about the Amazon and drought

    TRUTH: Research shows that a large portion of the Amazon is susceptible to drought

    LIE: Pollution from coal does not affect public health

    TRUTH: Coal pollution causes breathing problems and many other health problems

    LIE: A 2010 study debunked the link between global warming and hurricane intensity

    TRUTH: A study found climate change will make hurricanes stronger, but less frequent

    LIE: The director of Britain’s Climatic Research Unit admitted that global warming stopped in 1995

    TRUTH: The CRU director said that 15 years is not enough time for meaningful measurement of warming