Apparently Monckton has a new act “The insufferably pompous peer” where he introduces several new lies and frauds proofs that climate change is not real. Follow the link if you want a good laugh, unless you don’t want to ruin “the magic”.
What Denier gathering would be complete without industry shill Fred Singer, or Arthur Robinson father of the Oregon Petition, one of the Deniers most sterling examples of outright fraud creative list making, at least until Inhofe got into the game.
Robinson is the man who took Tim Ball’s Resume Stretching to new heights by applying it on a mass scale. Not satisfied with people with phony credentials, the Oregon Petition included many people who were completely fictitious.
Almost everyone who’s work or ideas has been thoroughly discredited is there.
The irony that his own moon walk is the target of a similar band of loony “skeptics” who deny the moon missions entirely, is apparently lost on the former astronaut.
What is not yet known is whether they were able to attract at least 2 dozen people with any form of scientific credential, which would shatter last years record of 19.
Some interesting takes on the conference:
- The estimated 600 attendees is not only well short of projections,* it seems likely that everyone got in free “Heartland’s Denialist Conference: the Australian connection.”
- DeSmogBlog has an interesting response to it in “Climate Skeptic Twilight Zone Meets the Real World.”
- DeSmog’s point would seem to be underscored by this “not an enviro blog at all” ripping the conference; a ray of hope?
- Joseph Romm reports that Richard “Grassy Knoll” Lindzen has sunk to new lows in slandering his profession. It’s nice to know that no matter how old we get, there is still the opportunity to shrink.
- At The Examiner Paul Fidalgo notes”Today a group of global warming deniers is gathering in New York to gin up press for the fabricated notion that there is substantial debate within the scientific community about climate change.”
- and as mentioned, Hot Topic’s “The insufferably pompous peer“
Now for some reason International Journal of Inactivism has taken a rather jaundiced view of the event, and the many articles mocking the Conference are well worth reading to be deplored. Hopefully FrankBi will continue his excellent work take a more mature approach in future.
Frank also ran a “Conference take home message” poll which has now closed (and the winner is ….), and includes a good characterization of some of the mainstream responses to the circus “We are going to be suppressed by the mainstream media II.”
The Guardian scores best for correctly identifying it as a Denier conference. The NY Times [this article now seems to require that you be logged in] acknowledges that the conference is having difficulty as the oil industry is no longer bank rolling climate change Denial as lavishly as it used to.
The Wall Street Journal’s continues it’s on-going war on science and reality. This time it takes the form of an interview with Vaclav Klaus as if he were anything other than a raving loony with respect to climate change.
Rather tellingly (at least about mainstream media), the first conference looking at the psychology of climate change denial is getting relatively little media attention. The Guardian‘s is the only piece I have seen so far.
It seems that even though the Deniers may be nothing but a pack of clowns, they still have an audience.
* UPDATE: Frankbi brings to my attention that the Conference was not using attendance to gain sponsors (the norm), but rather asking sponsors (which was really endorsement, no money was involved) to try and please please please get people to attend – now that’s just sad.
We give our consent every moment that we do not resist.
Denier “Challenge” aka Deathwatch Update: Day 135 … still no evidence.