Walter Russell Mead pronounces the demise of the global warming movement.
The global warming meltdown confirms all the populist suspicions out there about an arrogantly clueless establishment invoking faked ’science’ to impose cockamamie social mandates on the long-suffering American people, backed by a mainstream media that is totally in the tank. Don’t think this won’t have consequences.
The current iteration of the movement may be in its death throes, but the corpse will keep trying to crawl out of its casket over the next few years.
Andrew Bolt provide s a good summary of recent revelations that have sent the anthropomorphic global warming scare industry into a tailspin from which it will likely never recover.
In just the past few months has come a cascade of evidence that the global warming scare is based on often dodgy science and even outright fraud.
For several years our local newspaper had a editorial columnist who drank global warming kool-aid by the gallon, and frequently wrote about it. If anyone objected, he waved the IPCC and peer-reviewed journals in their faces. He has since moved elsewhere (no longer in the newspaper business), but I’ve wondered lately how these latest disclosures have affected his cocksure position on the subject.
Environmental scientist Kenneth Green counters the claim that the Climategate scandal is much ado about nothing.
Climategate reveals skulduggery the general public can understand: that a tightly-linked clique of scientists were behaving as crusaders. Their letters reveal they were working in what they repeatedly labelled a “cause” to promote a political agenda.
That’s not science, that’s a crusade. When you cherry-pick, discard, nip, tuck, and tape disparate bits of data into the most alarming portrayal you can in the name of a “cause,” you’re not engaged in science, but in the production of propaganda. And this clique tried to subvert the peer-review process as well. They attempted to prevent others from getting into peer reviewed journals — thus letting them claim skeptic research wasn’t peer-reviewed — a convenient circular (and dishonest) way to discredit skeptics.
The dishonesty exposed by the Climategate data is not an isolated aberration. Rather, it is symptomatic of a wider disease that has infected all of Western culture. “Truth” is no longer an objective standard that should be sought and honored. Instead, it has become whatever the individual wants it to be. In this case, the “whatever” is a one-world utopia governed by technocrats who know what’s best for the rest of us.
A Wall Street Journal editorial describes a new legal tactic being used by greenies to bypass the legislative roadblocks to moving their environmental agenda forward: sue the CO2 polluters for contributing to global warming.
Of course, this strategy opens up a whole new can of worms, since every human on the planet produces CO2 simply by breathing.
In other words, the courts would become a venue for a carbon war of all against all. Not only might businesses sue to shackle their competitors—could we sue the New York Times for deforestation?—but judges would decide the remedies against specific defendants. In practice this would mean ad hoc command-and-control regulation against any industries that happen to catch the green lobby’s eye.
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From Russ Vaughn, a new version of the classic Christmas tune, dedicated to Al Gore, climate maven extraordinaire:
Oh the weather in Denmark’s frightful,
But the irony’s so delightful,
That everywhere Al Gore goes,
It just snows and it snows and it snows.
When will Al ever see the light?
Will he ever go out in the storm?
Or does his tin hat still fit too tight?
And he still thinks the world’s gettin’ warm.
The conference is slowly dying,
And the moonbats are all good-bying,
Global warming has no place to go,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
As if ClimateGate has not already done enough damage to the AGW movement, Al Gore adds his own made-up numbers to the mix.
Mr Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years. . . .
However, the climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast.
“It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”
Mr Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 per cent figure was one used by Dr Maslowksi as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Mr Gore.
Gore just can’t help himself. He’s been throwing out wild numbers like this for so long — and getting by with it — that it’s the only thing he knows to do. Unfortunately for him, the rubes are finally beginning to catch on to how the game is played, and his extreme assertions are now met with raised eyebrows rather than gasps of horror.