February 9, 2015

Quote of the Day

Whether you're an elderly couple in mid-Wales who have just had 20 per cent knocked off the value of your retirement cottage by the new wind farm on the hill opposite, or you're a tribesman in the South East Asian jungle whose virgin forest home has been trashed to make way for a palm oil plantation to grow eco-friendly biofuels, or you're a scientist in New Zealand who has been hounded out of your job because your research doesn't fit the "global warming" narrative, or you're a science teacher in Ohio who is obliged, whether you like it or not, to lecture your charges on the dread perils of climate change, or you're a Republican senatorial candidate who has been targeted as a "denier" in a green attack dog campaign financed by Tom Steyer, you're all victims of the same global scam: a scam perpetrated by a tiny handful of individuals whose junk statistical manipulation of the global climate records have transformed routine weather patterns into the world's biggest and most influential ever science scare story. -- James Delingpole
Very uncomfortable with the word "scam." It implies a mens rea that I suspect does not exist for most of the warmies -- but I love the enumeration -- though far from complete -- of the costs. Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at February 9, 2015 1:21 PM

If by "warmies" you mean your FB friends who are down for Gaia, nature and cute furry creatures then I'll agree with you but Delingpole called out "a tiny handful of individuals" who manipulated global climate record statistics. Our friends, FB and otherwise, who have chosen to place their complete and Absolute faith in those manipulated statistics, are mere foot soldiers in the movement. (Or, to the extent they advocate theft from their neighbor in the name of this "hoax", they are budding National Socialists.)

Posted by: johngalt at February 9, 2015 3:16 PM

Agreed with JG's emphasis on the "tiny handful" b/c they are profiting from this, as well as being part of the Big Lie.

To add to enumeration, I just found this bit in my records when attempting edification to one of my (very smart, and well meaning) friends who'd become a useful idiot: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/world/africa/in-scramble-for-land-oxfam-says-ugandans-were-pushed-out.html?_r=4&ref=world&
Oxfam report of poor farmers thrown off their land - with violence, in many cases - so friends of Gore can get carbon credits.

Posted by: nanobrewer at February 9, 2015 3:28 PM

Dr. Mann lied. People died.

Posted by: jk at February 9, 2015 3:43 PM

That's my flippant way to admit you're right. The few who corrupted data had mens rea.

My reflexive rejection is directed at Senator Inhofe (HOAX OK) who provides a too plump target for the Jon Stewart crowd by calling the whole thing a hoax.

Posted by: jk at February 9, 2015 4:57 PM

Not the whole thing, just the whole "man caused" thing. Speaking of Stewart, have you heard he's being considered to replace Brian Williams?

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