Global Warming ‘Pause’ Deniers: We Name The Guilty Scumbags

Mark LynasMark LynasIn my last column I promised I’d name the guilty names: all those morally bankrupt, intellectually tainted, mendacious, ignorant useful idiot shills who for the last several years have assumed the mantle of scientific expertise and loftily declared that the “Pause” in global warming wasn’t a thing, only a fantasy cooked up by evil deniers.

You may say that I’m using a sledgehammer to crack a nest of cockroaches; that rather than crow in victory one should be magnanimous in order to prove oneself a better man than they are, Gunga Din.

I disagree. I want blood. Entrails too, please. Those of us who have spent years of our lives being mocked and traduced and demeaned by these verminous charlatans deserve our pound of flesh, not only for the sake of sweet vengeance, but also for the greater cause of scientific honesty and journalistic integrity.

This is no more than I would expect were the positions ever reversed.

Suppose, for example, that I had written in the Spectator an article on global warming and it subsequently emerged that it was scientifically illiterate, that I’d dragged the name of a good journalist (who had got his facts right) through the mud, and that I’d brought the title into disrepute by adopting a tone of lofty, scornful, apparent expertise entirely unjustified by reality: well here’s what I’d expect to have to do….

Apologise. First to the journalist I’d unfairly, perhaps libellously, maligned; next to the magazine’s editor for having been such a dogmatically wrongheaded prick; finally to the readers for having abused their faith in my due diligence and my supposedly superior knowledge. Indeed, I think if I’d ever got an article as comprehensively wrong as the one I’m about to mention, I’d feel so shit I think I might seriously consider never broaching the topic again.

So now, without further ado, let me introduce MARK LYNAS – activist, prominent environmental campaigner, and author of a very angry, high-handed 2008 article in the New Statesman (the left’s answer to the Spectator) called Has Global Warming Really Stopped?. This was in response to a piece by David Whitehouse which – quite controversially for the time – tentatively noted that the temperature record showed that there had been no “global warming” for several years and that this fact might, at some stage, become a significant issue.

Lynas was having none of it. His response brimmed with righteous indignation.

Here’s a flavour of the tone:

First let’s ask whether Whitehouse is wholly or partially correct in his analysis. To quote:

“The fact is that the global temperature of 2007 is statistically the same as 2006 as well as every year since 2001. Global warming has, temporarily or permanently, ceased. Temperatures across the world are not increasing as they should according to the fundamental theory behind global warming – the greenhouse effect. Something else is happening and it is vital that we find out what or else we may spend hundreds of billions of pounds needlessly.”

I’ll be blunt. Whitehouse got it wrong – completely wrong.

Lynas goes on to rehearse his involved and tedious cod-scientific explanation as to how David Whitehouse (formerly of the BBC, now science editor of the Global Warming Policy Foundation) apparently got it wrong.

Except, of course, as I reported yesterday David Whitehouse did not in fact get it wrong. Lynas did. So we really needn’t waste any valuable time reminding ourselves of the threadbare and rambling rationale Lynas (or rather, it seems from his piece, his friends at RealClimate) produced to try to poo poo the existence of the Pause. All that matters, we now know with hindsight, is: Skeptic Whitehouse 1; Environmentalist Lynas 0.

Now we all make mistakes. Today’s magazine article is tomorrow’s bogpaper. But for me what makes it much, much harder to indulge or forgive Lynas his error is the arrogance, the rudeness and the hectoring self righteousness of his delivery.

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    Amber

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    The global warming scam is remarkable
    in that bald face liars get away spouting complete rubbish because the scientific community is largely cowed (some on the payroll ) and the main stream media is
    imploding and desperate for sensational stories .
    1. I would love to see how many of the
    big media organizations pension funds
    placed bets on publically propped up renewable energy losers . They got a quick early ride and now the losses are rolling in .
    2. The big hats in the media likely thought
    scary global warming would help drive the
    public to save the planet by going paperless . So their business plan and failing media product could be salvaged .
    Interests aligned twice .

    3. Virtually no main stream media have scientific bench strength so a scary story backed by “scientists ” . Who is going to question that ? Ice free Arctic , Drowning Polar Bears ,sinking islands, suddenly melting glaciers etc etc .

    Scary global warming is the big bad wolf adult version but it’s just a first rate scam costing $$trillions of borrowed money .

    The promoters can’t even pretend to huff and puff anymore .Their naked ambition to fleece tax payers is their only focus now .

    Send money and the world will stop warming if you want to believe so .

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    JayPee

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    Additionally, Amber

    How many of these scare-mongers are snapping up the waterfront real estate in areas like Hudson Bay.

    Hudson Bay has about 1000 miles of shoreline and will geographically be one of the greatest vacation and resort vistas of the future.

    How many of these alarmist gutter trash are putting their money where their mouth is.

    By their deeds you will know them.

    Follow the money.

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    Get real

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    I agree with your desire for retribution. Perhaps I could go a step further with seeing all academics who contributed to the global warming / climate change scam stripped of their academic qualifications and sent back to basic science classes. The universities who bullied and sacked those who dared to question their mantra would be permanently disconnected from the electricity grid. So too, public offices of environment and sustainability would have their air conditioners removed and sold for scrap. The mind races with numerous acts of letting the punishment fit the crime.

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    Amber

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    Get real ,
    I like your train of thought . The biggest actors in the scam are the biggest hypocrites.
    Multiple mansions , private jets , carbon footprints the size of whole villages but their s doesn’t stink so they think .
    The great thing about E media is they won’t have a place to hide and their relatives will realize what morons they are for decades to come .

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    GR82DRV

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    So far the 21st century is on track to become known as [i]The Century of the Scam.[/i]

    Every hustler, scammer, swindler, con artist, charlatan, moocher, flimflammer, etc has risen to the top as the media “watchdogs” and scientific establishment go along for the get-rich ride.

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    Amber

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    GR82Drv
    I would add to your list sex poodles and
    dirty old men at the Un .

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