If exposing the climate deniers makes me a scumbag so be it

Thu, 2010-07-15 14:48Kevin Grandia
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If exposing the climate deniers makes me a scumbag so be it

What do you get when you cross a retired weatherman with a wannabe British aristocrat?

No wait, that’s not it.

A retired weatherman and a former political hack for Margaret Thatcher walk into a bar and the bartender tells them both that if they want a drink they have to stop pretending they’re experts in climate science.

Oh, and they should stop calling people (like me) a scumbag, it just makes them less attractive to the ladies at the bar than they already are.

Enough with the joke metaphors.

Someone sent along a post written by the puzzling Christopher Monckton - the guy with a penchant for high-brow verbiage and accusations of Nazi-facist activities. The post was on Anthony Watts’ blog - the retired weatherman and equally unqualified as a our Monckton when it comes to the science of climate change.

It looks as though Watts has taken to calling me a “scumbag.” Here’s the screenshot where “A” responds to one of his reader’s comments:

Watts should know that I go ballistic at least 10 times a day about something or other (today it was my coffee cup lid leaking every time I took a sip). As for me being a scumbag… well I would say to that, grow up.

It must be getting frustrating for the likes of Watts and Monckton to be sliding back into obscurity now that the climategate scandal has been determined by no less than three different inquiries to be nothing more than manufactured hot air.

Watts and Monckton have both been breathless activists when it comes to using the stolen emails to fit their conspiracy theories around climate change and now that they have been proven incorrect they must be feeling a little bit hurt.

At least for Watts it looks like that has taken the form of name-calling.

 

Comments

Anthony is squeaking like a cornered rat.

As a rat I resent the comparison…

Hissing like a cornered weasel!

and I’m weasily offended…

but “scumbag”? Nah. Wear it as a badge of honour, Kevin! To be named personally by Watts is no small thing. You have put a burr under his saddle. Well done. Fern

Well, if they are going to start insulting scientists and polite independent journos, it just shows how poor their argument is.

By the way, are you aware of the support for Abraham brewing against Monckton’s attack? There is a page on Facebook re what is being called ‘Prawngate’. More details on skepticalscience[dot]com.

So, we now have the modern equivalent of The Three Stooges

Anthony Watts

Christopher Monckton

and

Ian Plimer, from whom Monckton clearly learned another version of The Gish Gallop.

Ian Plimer whom James Randerson after interviewing him said,

‘found him to be one of the most difficult and evasive interviewees I have spoken to in my career, frequently veering off on tangents rather than answering the question I had put.’

As mentioned on Deltoid: http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2009/12/plimer_exposed_as_a_fraud.php

The stench of sycophancy here is overwhelming, like the evidence and facts debunking anthropomorphic climate change: The climate changes all the time, before we got here while we have been here and if your zio-yiddish khazar paymasters get their way; after we are gone.

Shills and sheeple of the world: Fuck up! veritas

To “veritas6464”: Nothing like a little delusional wish-fulfillment to help reaffirm your prejudices.

“climate changes all the time” you say? No kidding, Sherlock. But the WAY it is changing now is not business as usual is it? Have a look at this recent RealClimate post:
www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2011/06/2000-years-of-sea-level/

Heres their sea-level reconstruction for the last 2000 years:
www.realclimate.org/images//Kemp_sealevel_20111.png

The tactics of Anthony Watts et. al. throughout have been to smear their critics, claim victimization, and to lie about the climate evidence.

“Veritas” indeed. Now get back on your meds.

Ad hominem, ad hominem, ad hominem, the science is not science it is a fraudulent polemic. Oh, and yeah I’ll go to another BS climate-gate site, not. 31000+ American scientist (9000+ have PhDs), signed a statement denying climate change is due to anthropomorphic affectation - also, that reducing greenhouse gasses would effect the production of food crops: So, tell me again why I should believe Chicken Little as she scrambles around squealing “The sky is falling, the sky is falling”!

Genuine concern for the pollution of our seas,oceans,rivers,lakes and land is being swept under the rug because of uninformed sheeple like YOU!

The sea level issue is a direct result of Post-glacial rebound, Google that, duh!

Or perhaps you know all this and you’re just doing your job of shilling for your masters that built the Georgia Guidestones? veritas

You understand that this post is about Anthony Watts calling Kevin Grandia a scumbag? “Ad hominem” is an accusation of attacking a person instead of their argument. Read Anthony’s statement again with that in mind, and maybe also think about your juvenile comment title.

“31,000+ American scientist” - That knee-slapper has been around since 2008. It’s bull. The dunce-cap “Oregon Institute” rigged and misrepresented it. Read about it here: www.skepticalscience.com/OISM-Petition-Project.htm

“reducing greenhouse gasses would effect the production of food crops” - This is the “CO2 is essential for life” claim made by the Competitive Enterprise Institute in 2006. Perhaps you think those crazy greens want to BAN CO2 ENTIRELY? This link gets at the political agenda behind the intentionally stupid claim: www.factcheck.org/article395.html

“Genuine concern for the pollution… being swept under the rug… sheeple…” - So climate change action and “pollution” action is an either/or proposition? I doubt it.

Your assertion that sea-level rise is merely due to isostatic rebound is just enthusiastic ignorance. I’m a geologist. (Does that count as an “appeal to authority”?) Perhaps you can explain to me how the changing rate of sea-level rise over the last hundred years can be linked to continental glaciation that ended many thousands of years ago.

You allusion to the “Georgia Guidestones” was a puzzler until I Googled them and discovered that they are the focus of a number of conflicting conspiracy theories. You really do need to get back on your meds.

You can keep muttering “climate-gate” if it provides some comfort though.