ThinkProgress Claims It Didn’t Try To Torpedo Climate Scientist’s Career

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ThinkProgress’s editor in chief pushed back against claims he coordinated efforts to take down a climate scientist who had previously written pieces critical of global warming.

“There was no organized campaign to damage his career,” Judd Legum said Thursday about Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr., who was the subject of an email released Oct. 20 by WikiLeaks. The memo comes from a trove of hacked emails from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account.

Legum’s environmental website, ClimateProgress, took issue with pollster Nate Silver’s 538 website hiring Pielke to write about global warming issues. The academic challenged in one article a Democratic talking point that global warming was making extreme weather more severe.

ClimateProgress immediately embarked on a crusade to discredit him, the emails indicate, “[p]rior to Pielke writing anything” for 538 — based solely on the fact they didn’t like his research on extreme weather.

“Pielke basically has made a career of ‘accepting’ climate change but disputing that we can really do anything about it or that it has much of an impact,” Legum wrote in a July 2014 email to hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer thanking him for his “support.”

“I think it’s fair say that, without Climate Progress, Pielke would still be writing on climate change for 538. He would be providing important cover for climate deniers backed by Silver’s very respected brand. But because of our work, he is not,” Legum wrote in the memo.

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    Amber

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    What’s more worrisome is that sociopath brown shirts bankrolling the Democrats
    will move on from hiring mentally ill people to incite violence at rally’s and scientists who are not drinking their cool aid . Hitler started small too . Different time same nut jobs . Master race murders to Climate Controllers . It always starts with just bullying
    and the creation of the big lie . “The Science Is Settled ” is the current the modern version . Getting the government to pay for your thugs backdoor through $Billions in grants and tax payer guaranteed loans pays is the Inconvenient Truth .
    It happens all over the world and now it’s hatched in the USA in an incubator
    that allows the highest level of government to be bought . The billionaires wouldn’t have it any other way and that is why despite valid unease with Trump he is the only
    chance for a change .

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    Amber

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    ” There was no organized campaign to damage his career “. Really ? Why brag about it
    then like he was a trophy kill . “but because of our work ” …to discredit him he is not . Piekle was considered by Legum (and who else ) to be providing “important cover for climate deniers “. The motivation to discredit thus fully established. A brutal and relentless campaign to personally discredit Pielke looks pretty
    f!@#king organized if not why brag to Steyer otherwise . Trolling for money? Surely it wasn’t for a group hug . What “support ” is Legum thanking Steyer for ?
    Piekle is one of the most balanced actual scientist to address questions of climate . . Damm rights people tried to silence and intimidate him . Real scientists
    don’t call each other deniers and other personal insults to harm the persons reputation .
    What we are seeing is a pattern of behavior evolving into brown shirt intimidation
    from people who aren’t getting their way . “The science is settled” morons who have nothing left but to stamp their feet and try and corrupt the basic foundation of the scientific method .
    It’s getting gradually warmer , climate changes (who knew ) and a new batch of conmen are trying to keep their climate fear industry going by buying politicians and bullying those who they see in their way .

    Roger Pieke Jr . is an outstanding climate scientist who’s family can be very proud of him .

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    Amber

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    Now that the FBI is reopening the Email deletion/ security breach enquiry the Democrats are going to discover the true meaning of global warming and hopefully some climate change .
    Democrat sex poodles and perv’s trump Trump’s locker room boasts of eleven years ago . Maybe they could run on that basis because nobody has a clue after 2 years what Hillary plans to do other than await orders from her bankers through people like Podesta . Over $$20 Trillion in debt and what did it get 3 minutes discussion .
    It is reassuring the Democrat bagmen do plan on controlling the earth’s temperature
    though somehow the great big fat carbon tax never got discussed . Trumps penis size and Hillary’s vertical challenges were far more important than those pesky poverty problems , an out of control debt , corrupt EPA ,export of jobs . You know real stuff .
    Are the black citizens looking forward to getting ripped off …. Again ?
    Are the Unions going to stand by while their members livelihood are stolen away ?
    Does the world need more Bill Clinton exploits ?
    What ever happened to One America ? Yes the time before big donors bought the
    White House .
    What happened to the best (by a mile ) military on the planet ?
    Time to reboot and drain the swamp .

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