Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The collapsing hoax

It has not been a good few weeks for the climate hoaxsters. Fakegate has shown fundamentally dishonesty and therefore how anti science the hoaxsters really are. Heartland's Joe Bast deconstructs the fake memo. gleick has taken leave from his own institute and has ruined his own reputation. Prof Kelly of Cambridge understands that it is all exaggeration to cause alarm. Then there is this quite good summary of the whole sordid mess: Greens, face it: we’re just not that into you As ‘Fakegate’ shows, the inconvenient truth for greens is there is no denialist conspiracy blocking climate-change action. When internal documents from a libertarian think tank – the Heartland Institute, known for its sceptical views on climate change – were published on the internet recently, climate-change activists around the world were elated. The leak seemed to reveal the existence of a conspiracy to distort science and impede political progress on solving climate change, just as activists had claimed. But the celebrations turned sour when one of the documents turned out to be fake, and the remainder turned out to reveal nothing remarkable. Rather than telling us anything about organised ‘climate-change denial’, this silly affair reveals much more about environmentalists. One of the endlessly recurring themes of the environmental narrative is – in the words of the man at the centre of the ‘Fakegate’ mess, water and climate researcher Peter Gleick – that an ‘anonymous, well-funded, and coordinated’ effort exists ‘to cast doubt on climate science’, and ‘muddy public understanding about climate science and policy’. According to this mythology, right-leaning think tanks are funded by big energy companies that are keen to protect their profits from environmental regulation. There is also MIT Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology debunking the hoax in the UK

No comments:

I Support Lord Black