Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Gauntlet Lowered ...

Queue the dramatic music !

The opposition party has 'manned up' and responded to my request for facts and data. We will let slide that the response is an opinion piece from the far-ultra-right-wing web site, Western Voices World News.

Like any opinion piece its jumps over the facts and avoids attribution altogether. You can see that this is meant not as a simple opinion piece but as propaganda, ready to use. All this aside, it will be fun to demonstrate how the denier/delayer crowd operates.

So hold you collective noses - here it comes, complete and unexpurgated.

Global Warming Hoax Breaks Wide Open As Hackers Spill The Beans

Environment; Posted on: 2009-11-26 15:00:17 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]

The liberal media barons are flummoxed by the following developments and like the 6 year old who finally realizes there is no Santa Claus, are in deep denial.

There's a big global warming scandal breaking out across the blogosphere. Earlier I saw Der Spiegel's, "Climatologists Baffled by Global Warming Time-Out."

I actually didn't pay that much attention to it, since the left's global-warming-media-industrial-complex continues to peddle lies and environmental disinformation; and frankly, President Obama's visit to China killed the prospects for the Copenhagen climate change accord.

But the news this morning is absolutely devastating. It turns out that hackers have exposed a massive conspiracy seeking to hide the scientific consensus that global warming is bunk. See, "Climategate: The Final Nail in the Coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'?" Read this whole entry, which posts the key e-mails. This one on the science community's campaign to drum out dissenters is just mind-boggling:

And, perhaps most reprehensibly, a long series of communications discussing how best to squeeze dissenting scientists out of the peer review process. How, in other words, to create a scientific climate in which anyone who disagrees with AGW can be written off as a crank, whose views do not have a scrap of authority.

“This was the danger of always criticising the skeptics for not publishing in the “peer-reviewed literature”. Obviously, they found a solution to that–take over a journal! So what do we do about this? I think we have to stop considering “Climate Research” as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal. We would also need to consider what we tell or request of our more reasonable colleagues who currently sit on the editorial board…What do others think?”

“I will be emailing the journal to tell them I’m having nothing more to do with it until they rid themselves of this troublesome editor.”“It results from this journal having a number of editors. The responsible one for this is a well-known skeptic in NZ. He has let a few papers through by Michaels and Gray in the past. I’ve had words with Hans von Storch about this, but got nowhere. Another thing to discuss in Nice !”

Also, at the conclusion of the piece:

The world is currently cooling; electorates are increasingly reluctant to support eco-policies leading to more oppressive regulation, higher taxes and higher utility bills; the tide is turning against Al Gore’s Anthropogenic Global Warming theory. The so-called “sceptical” view is now also the majority view.

Plus, check out Hot Air as well, "Do Hacked E-Mails Show Global-Warming Fraud?" And, Michelle Malkin's title nails it, "The Global Warming Scandal of the Century." (And Michelle reminds us, "First things first: The alleged hackers need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.)

Australia's Andrew Bolt suggests the scandal "is one of the greatest in modern science."
More from the BBC, "Hackers Target Leading Climate Research Unit," and Memeorandum.

Update --

Despite all efforts to find otherwise I can't find another single bit of climate science in any of the Western Voices World News opinion piece.

The only one that got close was the article from Der Spegiel, James Delingpole over at the Telegraph spent time complimenting himself on his journalistic skill in unearthing the conspiracy but there were no facts there, no data, not even the conspiracy. Likewise Michelle Malkin was a big fat zero.

When you got past the link to Der Spegiel, suddenly it was all ultra-right-wing neo-con-bot echo chamber.

Very disappointing indeed !

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