A recent article by Tom Harris in CanadaFreePress.com is providing some well traveled fodder for fossil fools (sorry for the inflamatory language, but I needed to make the alliteration work!) . It is yet another poor attack
on Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth
and as such is not particularily remarkable. Tim Lambert at Deltoid tears it apart
rather thoroughly. Not a pretty picture.
So what more is there to say?
Well, it struck me that this article makes use of a couple of rather remarkably duplicitous tactics, of the Orwellian "War is Peace" variety. We can start with the title, "Scientists respond to Gore's warnings of climate catastrophe", because it's not really Gore's warnings, it is Gore presenting the scientist's warnings
of climate catastrophe.
So who is it then that is responding to Gore, according to Harris?
He starts out with a quote from Bob "warming stopped in 1998
" Carter who has the chutzpah to accuse Al Gore of using circumstantial evidence! Then comes the real through-the-looking-glass twisting of reality: the naysayers are "hundreds of highly qualified [..] climate experts" and the consensus position
is "immaterial" because "only a very small fraction of them actually work in the climate field." As the "coup de grace" evidence for this presented in the final paragraph, Harris cites the recent open letter
to Prime Minister Harper urging him not to be fooled by Greenpeace and stating more research is needed before taking hasty actions like Kyoto. But looking at the list of sponsors for this letter we see that, as well as the regular group of well traveled denialists, these 60 signatories include mathematicians, economists, anthropologists, geneticists, chemists, engineers and other interesting fields hardly related to climate! Love is Hate.
And of course the IPCC consensus comes from these fine folks
who are (surprise surprise) in fact the ones who work and publish papers in the climate field. Freedom is Slavery.
And of course, the article is full of many of the usual tried and not-so-true standards:
Not a very impressive presentation after all...