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YEAR THE MONGERS FEARED

It’s been a bad year for climate fearmongers, reports Lubos Motl. Also a must-click: the top ten junk science moments of 2006.

(Via Garth Godsman)

Posted by Tim B. on 12/30/2006 at 05:46 AM
  1. christmas discussion with my brother in law, a science professor at Melbourne University.
    He believes we may be headed to a new ice age.
    ‘But whatever is happening, we’re making it happen far too fast,’ he says. (Direct quote)

    Glad to know science professors have such a fine handle on things.

    Posted by JonathanH on 2006 12 30 at 05:58 AM • permalink

  2. Enlightened all ..

    Here are a couple of great science educators to learn from (just science that is):

    James Randi: http://www.randi.org/
    Bob Park: http://www.bobpark.com/

    There are plenty of others that I go to, but these two from the US are excellent.  Ignore any political comments (if any), they talk about science.

    BTW, they hate hypocrisy, just like I do and Tim Blair does.

    Stevo

    Posted by Stevo on 2006 12 30 at 06:53 AM • permalink

  3. I’ve got one outlaw who used to work with the Forestry years ago. He’s another who is convinced that glerbil wurming is a very real threat. Even if we are all freezing our arses off this summer.

    Is there any way to get through these thickheads?

    Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 12 30 at 07:23 AM • permalink

  4. Some observations:

    1. I asked Anthony Albanese at a meeting this year whether the environment is no longer a “sustainable” political issue, now that man-made climate change is being debunked.  Let’s say he was not a happy camper.

    2. Dennis Prager ends this interesting interview with the authors of the book Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years by posing this question (to listeners) “if we are all equally affected by global warming, then why is the average lefty more worried about it than the average right-winger?” 

    The answer Dennis gives: The watermelon theory ... Green on the outside, Red on the inside.  Look no further than the things the eco-fundamentalists say we “must” do to save our planet: they are typically anti-industry, anti-globalisation, anti-capitalism or a combination of these.

    3. I still haven’t figured out how crippling the global economy to reduce Gaia’s temperature by 0.000005 degrees will help global warming on the other planets.

    Posted by neoZionoid on 2006 12 30 at 08:34 AM • permalink

  5. Interesting and enlightening to read about how so many leading environmentalists are raking in millions of dollars from their activities.  They’ve had quite a ride the last thirty years, and Al Gore’s latest hooplah just seems like a desperate effort to jump on the gravy train before it’s too late.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 12 30 at 01:23 PM • permalink

  6. 4 billion dollar “industry” is the scare-the-people-with-planet-warming scam.

    Posted by Rob Read on 2006 12 30 at 04:50 PM • permalink

  7. Yes, Rebecca, I just finished reading cached copies of a series the WaPo did on the Nature Conservancy, the world’s richest environmental non-profit (over $3B in assets). Much of the time, it seems, its efforts are devoted to transferring large swaths of highly desirable acreage to the elites (often board members and employees of the Conservancy) for their private use and development.

    David Letterman, for instance, was able to acquire a huge home on 24 acres of Cape Cod grasslands with access to a private beach and the assurance that his privacy will ever be protected from the unwashed masses (that’s us). And he got a choice tax deduction due to the “loss in value” resulting from his being unable to develop his acreage further. What a guy! What a system.

    Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 12 30 at 07:47 PM • permalink

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