Big Green’s out-sized influence over free speech

cop21If you’ve ever wondered why there is a paucity of skeptical global warming articles from mainstream media outlets, journalist Matt Ridley explains why in his eye-opening OP-ED published today in The Times. He begins by describing how last week, The Times’ editor received a letter from several readers who were unhappy with two articles written by its environmental correspondent.

The letter was from Lord Krebs and 12 other members from the House of Lords (part of the UK’s parliament). In it, the authors admit that The Times’ coverage of the Paris climate conference had been “balanced and comprehensive,” but “denounced the two articles about studies by mainstream academics in the scientific literature, which provided less than alarming assessments of climate change.”

The now-infamous letter, which was “simultaneously leaked to the The Guardian,” provides an insider’s look into how mainstream media outlets, specifically newspapers, are being pressured to shut down any debate about the science of climate change. Essentially, there is a “heavily funded industry” at work, made up of anti-industry organizations, internal university factions, and Big Green environmental groups.

They include organizations like the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), Carbon Brief, Climate Coalition, the Campaign against Climate Change, publicly funded communication factions inside colleges, and worldwide environmental groups like Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and World Wildlife Federation (WWF), just to name a few.

Many have multi-million-dollar budgets and others allocate hundreds of thousands of dollars to pouncing on “newspapers that publish anything skeptical about global warming.” Many are headed by former environmental journalists who seemingly have a “revolving door between environmental journalism and Big Green.”

A frightening aspect of this are the scientists who actually believe in man-made global warming, but don’t think it’s the catastrophe being forecast. Some are blacklisted, or blackballed, or go unpublished. Case in point, Ridley notes, is climatologist Lennart Bengtsson. After joining the UK-based think-tank The Global Warming Policy Foundation in 2014, the threats against his “healthy and safety” forced him to withdraw. He said it was a situation that reminded him “about the time of McCarthy.”

Other notables who still “brave the bullets” include the distinguished scientists “Judith Curry, Dick Lindzen, John Christy, Nic Lewis, Michael Kelly and David Legates.” Other climate scientists have told Ridley they “dare not put their heads above the parapet.” That’s not science or how it operates. That’s climate McCarthyism. And it’s being spearheaded by the heads of our largest federal agencies, including NOAA, NASA, and the EPA.

Democratic attorneys-generals from 16 states have begun issuing subpoenas, targeting the think-tank Competitive Enterprise Institute among others, in “an attempt to silence its climate dissent.” Even journalists disposed to some sort of action on climate change have decried this decision: “I support action on climate change,” wrote Bloomberg Views columnist Megan McArdle. “But that doesn’t mean I’m entitled to drive people who disagree with me from the public square.”

Now they are going on fishing expeditions, attempting to hold oil companies, like ExxonMobil, responsible for climate change, accusing them of withholding information for over 30 years on the possible effects of increased CO2. The accusations against ExxonMobil came from an environmental group’s so-called ‘investigation,’ subsequently promoted by the NY Times and LA Times, with a far-reaching campaign funded by activists’ deep pockets.

Upon deeper investigation, the story was nothing more than suppositions and documents taken out of context. ExxonMobil even fired back a response that went largely ignored by the newspapers promoting the allegations.

Many of the journalists who cover climate change are far more likely to publish studies showing global warming catastrophe, and their editorial pages show this blatant bias. Scholarly journals that should remain above the fray also show similar bias. That’s what the 2009 ‘Climategate’ emails exposed: “intimidation against academics and journal editors who voiced doubts about the forthcoming Armageddon.”

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    Amber

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    An inconvenient truth . Hedge fund gamblers lose their ass on the Sunedison flame out to bankruptcy protection . What other crashing renewable energy business zeppelins have the smartest pigs in the room got their clients into ?
    How much pension fund money just got flushed ? How much government grant money and loan backed tax payer guarantees were thrown into this joke of a company .

    Of the 20 AG’s on the freedom of speech witch hunt how many of them have state pension funds invested in Sunedison . What other “renewable “energy companies are their pension funds now exposed to ?

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    Amber

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    An inconvenient truth . Hedge fund gamblers lose their ass on the Sunedison flame out to bankruptcy protection . What other crashing renewable energy business zeppelins have the smartest pigs in the room got their clients into ?
    How much pension fund money just got flushed ? How much government grant money and loan backed tax payer guarantees were thrown into this joke of a company .

    Of the 20 AG’s on the freedom of speech witch hunt how many of them have state pension funds invested in Sunedison . What other “renewable “energy companies are their pension funds now exposed to ?

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    amirlach

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    The attack on Free Speech by “Progressives” is across the Board.

    This article is about Curt Schilling having been fired by ESPN because he shared a meme with his comment “men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much.”

    It perfectly captures the intolerance of the ever so tolerant “Progressive”, Cultural Marxist.

    “Anthony Esolen wrote a fantastic article on this topic a few days ago. The thrust of the article is that the whole bathroom business and gay goose-stepping is about power. The left gets to decide what positions are acceptable, what words are acceptable and if you do not fall in line, there will be consequences. The tolerant left demands conformity, it demands submission. Sure, you can do what you want with your genitalia, with him, her and/or zer. But you better not have any judgements about what other people do, unless they are overly heteronormative. You can judge those kind of judgements.

    This is true across the board when the left pursues a political agenda: there are no “climate-skeptics”, just deniers; no pro-assimilation advocates, just xenophobes; no concerned inquirers into the safety of gay male sexual behavior, just homophobes. And that really gets to the bottom of the issue doesn’t it? The only thing you are allowed to question, is your own sexuality.”
    http://www.therebel.media/curt_schilling_andrew_shaw_and_why_i_will_never_watch_the_nhl_again

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    amirlach

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    The attack on Free Speech by “Progressives” is across the Board.

    This article is about Curt Schilling having been fired by ESPN because he shared a meme with his comment “men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much.”

    It perfectly captures the intolerance of the ever so tolerant “Progressive”, Cultural Marxist.

    “Anthony Esolen wrote a fantastic article on this topic a few days ago. The thrust of the article is that the whole bathroom business and gay goose-stepping is about power. The left gets to decide what positions are acceptable, what words are acceptable and if you do not fall in line, there will be consequences. The tolerant left demands conformity, it demands submission. Sure, you can do what you want with your genitalia, with him, her and/or zer. But you better not have any judgements about what other people do, unless they are overly heteronormative. You can judge those kind of judgements.

    This is true across the board when the left pursues a political agenda: there are no “climate-skeptics”, just deniers; no pro-assimilation advocates, just xenophobes; no concerned inquirers into the safety of gay male sexual behavior, just homophobes. And that really gets to the bottom of the issue doesn’t it? The only thing you are allowed to question, is your own sexuality.”
    http://www.therebel.media/curt_schilling_andrew_shaw_and_why_i_will_never_watch_the_nhl_again

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    GR82DRV

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    [i]”That’s not science or how it operates. That’s climate McCarthyism. And it’s being spearheaded by the heads of our largest federal agencies, including NOAA, NASA, and the EPA.”[/i]
    Once again, the same people who bring us climate McCarthyism are the ones driving around with the TOLERANCE and DIVERSITY bumper stickers on their Subarus… Lovely.

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    GR82DRV

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    [i]”That’s not science or how it operates. That’s climate McCarthyism. And it’s being spearheaded by the heads of our largest federal agencies, including NOAA, NASA, and the EPA.”[/i]
    Once again, the same people who bring us climate McCarthyism are the ones driving around with the TOLERANCE and DIVERSITY bumper stickers on their Subarus… Lovely.

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    Amber

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    Americans sense their government has turned against them. The political correct lefties are selling them down the river and they know it .
    GR82DRV ties a nice big red bow around the lead infiltrated agencies .

    When Americans are threatened and told to shut up or called names like deniers the lessons of history have been forgotten by the witch hunters . Climate science is in it’s infancy and will not be subject to bully tactics from people frustrated because they see their business plan crumbling .

    How much tax payer debt has been pumped into the life support systems of companies only viable because they are propped up and ultimately fail ?

    How many workers pension fund managers have peed away $$Billions on junk stocks like the flame outs in “renewable energy ” ? How renewable
    is the energy when it’s bankrupt and the big dogs are off spending their heist ?

    At least it’s warming and the world plants ,animals and forests are better for it or is there a “denier ” of that ?

    Witch hunters do your homework and we will see how squeaky clean you are . So far your track record sucks .

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