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Archive for August 5th, 2009

Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

Friedrich von Schiller,

(Against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.)

BPSDB Apparently “ 60 prominent German scientists have publicly declared their dissent from man-made global warming…”,

at least according to Climate Despot and the Heartland Institute, so I was pretty sure that it was a load of rubbish, as indeed it turns out to be.

This particular scam just started popping up recently and may catch others unawares, as I was. However, on a hunch I popped over to Jules’ klimaatblog and sure enough, there it was: “The open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The letter has all of the standard elements of the climate change Denier letters, lists and  declarations (eg here, here and here):

  • little or no actual science, just uninformed opinion;
  • such alleged science as is referred to is easily shown to be misrepresented, if not outright fraud;
  • many of the alleged “scientists” are not actually scientists;
  • few, if any, of the ones who are scientists have anything remotely to do with “climate science;
  • none are active researchers on climate issues;
  • the source of the letter is an industry PR firm masquerading as a think tank or grassroots group.

“The rest of the letter are some hollow words and whining about the pseudo-religion climate science has become. Yes, they really use the word pseudo-religion. Sigh.”

The open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

I refer you to Jules’ blog for the full story.

In other words, the usual. It seems that lately we are getting a lot of letters demanding “review” of climate policy (eg here, here and  here), I wonder if it’s coincidence?

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Creepy at the EPA

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The latest Climate Denial Crock of the Week is up with Sinclair taking on the EPA censorship hoax, discussed in detail in Carlin Lives! Funnier than ever

Added to: Climate Denial Crock of the Week and Carlin Lives! Funnier than ever

APS to blame humans, not God, for climate change

Commenter John Mashey noted that “Outpouring of Scientists Rejecting Man-Made Climate Fears!” was too long and really needed to be two posts. True enough, hence APS to blame humans, not God, for climate change. So if you read the former, you need not read the new post as it is merely a cut and paste with the sole addition of:

From the APS Executive minutes “…to adopt an agnostic stance on the scientific evidence…” is the rather thin, even lame justification for the title, but I simply could not resist 🙂 .

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In “Outpouring of Scientists Rejecting Man-Made Climate Fears!” I discussed how the climate change Deniers spin the ignorance of a few cranks into fantasies of wide spread skepticism, censorship, and a demand for an institutional review. The “there’s a storm of protest, we need a review” tactic is naturally not limited to the American Chemical Society.

The fact that every National Academy of Sciences and important scientific institution and society on the planet naturally accepts and endorses the reality of the scientific facts is a sore point for the Deniers, so anything that can be done to undermine it is in their interest. As such creating the impression that there is a grassroots movement within these institutions and societies “demanding” a review is part of the strategy.

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