Review of Merchants of Smear, by Russell Cook; Policy Brief, The Heartland Institute, September 2014, 17 pages; $6.95 at The Heartland Institute. http://heartland.org/policy-documents/merchants-smear
Proponents of belief in a manmade climate disaster know the Saul Alinsky community-agitator playbook by heart: In a fight, anything goes. Never admit error; just change terminology and attack again. Expand your base by giving potential allies financial and political reasons to join your cause. Pick “enemy” targets, polarize them, and vilify them.
Whether the “crisis” de jure was the alleged threat of the coming ice age in the 1970s or global warming immediately thereafter, the problem is always manmade and the response needed is always big government.
Alarmists say modern civilization’s “greenhouse gas” emissions are causing profound climate change. They insist human-induced changes are already happening and are already disastrous.
What Climate Crisis?
However, there has been no warming...
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s influential Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has resigned in the wake allegations of sexual harassment.
During Pachauri’s 13-year tenure as chair of the IPCC, the organization won a Nobel Peace Prize (2007) and weathered numerous controversies, including the Climategate scandal and the IPCC’s use of non-peer-reviewed reports from environmental lobbying groups that dramatically exaggerated the speed and amount of glacial melt in the Himalayas.
Arthur Robinson, president of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine and winner of the Voice of Reason award at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-9) in July 2014, discusses his decades-long fight to bring accuracy and reason to discussions of global climate and energy.
Burnett: What is your background in research, and how did you become a climate skeptic?
Robinson: I am a chemist. Most of my research has been in biochemistry and diagnostic medicine. Educated at...
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