Wounded Warmers on The Attack
Published in Pajamas Media March 2010
By Art Horn, Meteorologist
The release of the ClimateGate emails has caused the world to look at the methods of leading climate scientists with much greater skepticism and concern. The well documented and dissected emails revealed that all was not as appeared on the surface of global warming research. The emails showed clearly that data was manipulated to hide temperature trends that were not favorable to researchers intended outcomes. Using their positions of power in the field, leading climate scientists used their powerful influence to keep man made global warming skeptics from publishing in scientific journals. Emails were deleted to hide information from authorities after freedom of information requests were made. Does anyone remember Richard Nixon and his famous missing tapes? They perverted the “peer review” process by reviewing their research papers among themselves. The list of questionable and possibly criminal activities goes on and on.
Emails obtained by the Washington Times Newspaper reveal that climate scientists at the National Academy of Sciences seem to be feeling a bit wounded. They say they are “Tired of being treated like political pawns”. Any creature that is wounded will fight back with even more aggression after an injury. The wounded animal instinctively knows that its very existence is in peril. This threat then creates the need to attack with all its strength to save itself. The emails are showing that the climate scientists are planning just such a response with “an outlandishly aggressively partisan approach” to strike back at their “enemies”.
One of the scientists quoted in the emails is a Stamford University researcher named Paul Ehrlich. He is quoted as saying “Most of our colleagues don’t seem to grasp that we’re not in a gentlepersons debate, we’re in a street fight against well-funded, merciless enemies who play by entirely different rules”.
Paul Ehrlich is the same man who in 1968 wrote in his book The Population Bomb “The battle to feed all of humanity is over…in the 1970s and 1980s hundred of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now”. He also advocated the use of “compulsory birth regulation (using) the addition of temporary sterilants to water supplies or staple food”. He was quoted in 1992 as saying “Giving the world cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving a child a machine gun.” From the American Spectator, September 6, 1992. In another revealing quote in an interview with Dixy Lee Ray in 1990 he said “We’ve already had too much economic growth in the United States. Economic growth in rich counties like ours is a disease, not the cure.”
With all of his history of anti human, anti economic growth and pro big government control over peoples lives it’s no wonder that Ehrlich has adopted the role of man made global warming crusader.
He and many other global warming alarmists are following a pattern outlined in the book by Leon Festinger titled When Prophecy Fails: A social and Psychological study of a modern group that predicted the destruction of the world, University of Minnesota Press 1956. In the book Festinger points out that those who believe strongly about an issue share common threads. He writes “The belief must be held with deep conviction and it must have some relevance to action”. Global warming alarmists believe that human burning of fossil fuels is unquestionably altering the climate and something must be done to stop it.
He also states “The person holding the belief must have committed himself to it, that is for the sake of his belief he must have taken some important action. The more important those actions are the greater the individuals commitment to the belief”. Global warming advocates see no other alternative to what is causing temperature to rise. They publish papers based on computer models that predict more warming. They state their professional careers on these findings. In doing so they are irrevocably committed to man made global warming. The more papers they publish the more committed they become.
“The belief must be sufficiently specific and sufficiently concerned with the real world so that events may unequivocally refute the belief.” Scientific evidence reveals that global warming stopped in 1998. The data show a slight cooling since 2001. Phil Jones former head of the Climate Research Unit and the University of East Anglia admits the Medieval Warm Period may have been warmer than today. He also states that there has been “no statistically significant global warming for 15 years”. Scientific evidence has revealed that carbon dioxide is only a bit player in global climate change.
“The individual believer must have social support. It is unlikely that one isolated believer could withstand the kind of disconfirming evidence that has been specified”. The disconfirming evidence is the thousands of scientists across the world in hundreds of peer reviewed papers showing that the human component in climate change is insignificantly small. “If, however the believer is a member of a group of convinced persons who can support each other, the belief can be maintained and the believers may attempt to persuade nonmembers that the belief is correct”. In reaction to the ClimateGate emails convinced global warming scientists commit to “an outlandishly aggressively partisan approach” to strike back at their “enemies”.
The global warming “science” community is feeling threatened by evidence and revealing emails. Their funding and therefore their careers may be in peril. In reaction to this they will mount an ever more alarmist campaign to convince the world and themselves that humans cause global warming and that it must be stopped. As global temperature fails to rise in the future we will be bombarded by increasingly shrill cries of global warming catastrophe. All forms of weather, cold, hot, record snow, record heat, floods, droughts or anything else will be caused by global warming. A more than willing news media desperate for spectacular headlines will give them the front page.
Any creature or group that is damaged either physically or by scientific evidence will respond like a wounded animal. The ensuing attack will be more aggressive and prolonged in an attempt to convince their “enemies” that they are correct, just as Leon Festinger predicted long ago.