Further to my Aug.13 post:
Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, wrote:
"Re: "Suzuki insults, but won't debate," David R. Legates, Aug. 13.
In the article in which Dr. David Suzuki attacked Dr. Willie Soon, Dr. Suzuki labelled me an "industry shill." A quick look at the website of the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), the group I lead, reveals that this is clearly wrong but, sadly, Dr. Suzuki's piece was published by many newspapers across Canada.
I have been sending letters to the editor of all of these publications to explain the Suzuki mistake and most editors have published my correction. They obviously see the double standard when someone from a group that receives substantial funding from industry (namely, the David Suzuki Foundation) calls another person a "shill" for industry when that other person and the group they lead are not funded by industry at all.
The injustice done to me by Dr. Suzuki is far less severe that that done to Dr. Soon, of course. Consequently, I am very pleased to see Prof. David Legates has now explained that Dr. Suzuki's wild attack on Dr. Soon was also based on incorrect and distorted information."
If it's not enough to hear Suzuki's now-desperate GreenFear spreading in Canada, let's look at the inconvenient truth about Al Gore's similar climate-change meltdown in the States, as noted by Rex Murphy (National Post, Aug.20, 2011):
"For those who have a wish to hear the grating sound of a man distempered and frustrated that the cause for which he has given at least a decade of his time, the “greatest moral challenge of our time,” is lost, I recommend listening to Al Gore as he was captured during an address at an Aspen global warming conference two weeks ago. It is a revelation.
Mr. Gore is not a happy Jeremiah. You hear him on the tape near rage, repeatedly shouting “bulls–t” over the arguments of his critics. He raves about conspiracy — a rebirth of the tactics of the dreaded tobacco industry of a few decades back. He blames “media manipulation” for the refusal of people to take up his gloomy summons. He hisses at “volcanoes and sunspots” as having much or anything to do with climate. “Bulls–!” he cries over and over — perhaps it’s the methane content that has him mesmerized with the word. Listen to this aria: “They pay pseudo-scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: ‘This climate thing, it’s nonsense. Man-made CO2 doesn’t trap heat. It may be volcanoes.’ Bulls–t! ‘It may be sun spots.’ Bulls–t! ‘It’s not getting warmer.’ Bulls–t!”
Can a person win the Nobel Peace prize twice? I surely hope so, for this is the E=mc² moment of our green time.
It is not a pretty display. The question the sorry little rant calls up is whether, in its way, this temper fit was a signal that the great global warming crusade, that has had such a sweet run for the last decade or more, is finally over. Has it run, so to speak, out of gas?
The signs are everywhere that it has. Here in Canada, for example, how far are we from those days when Stéphane Dion was the freshly-minted leader of the Liberal party, having ascended to that dubious altitude largely on the pledge that he was going to build a “green” Canada. It was telling that within the Liberal party at that time featly (sic, 'fealty') to a drastic and nebulous green agenda was enough to grab the leadership prize away from the perceived stronger candidates, Bob Rae and Michael Ignatieff. As so often happens, however, much as they are embraced by celebrities and touted by inside “experts,” when so-called green politics are placed before the people those politics and the people who espouse them are forcefully rejected.
Some five or so years later, not a little of Stephen Harper’s success in gaining a majority government came from refusing to engage, in any serious and convincing manner, with the politics of the planet-savers. Political correctness dictates some tepid genuflection towards the obsession with a warming planet, but Harper — and people know this — can be counted on not to jump on the carbon-counting express. He can be counted on to not bend in the face of the manufactured fury presented by professional activists and environmentalists, either to slow or stop the oil sands or introduce some ludicrous and wasteful “tax” on carbon dioxide. And while it may be a footnote to the national trend, Rob Ford’s election as mayor of Toronto can also be read, in part, as a rebuke to the previous mayor’s incessant tinkering with “environmental” measures — from plastic bag surcharges to bike lanes — at the expense of more basic municipal functions.
These are merely the local Canadian signals. But one can skip the globe and find almost everywhere that governments, staring at the reality of recession and financial anxiety, have given up on their vague projections of green economics. Where is President Obama, who promised that on his accession “the rise of the oceans will start to slow and the planet begin to heal?” — surely the most fatuous declaration in the history of politics. Well, he appears to be giving speeches every second day, but none of them feature the retreating oceans or our healed planet.
In fact he’s been tooling around in a $2-million bus oblivious of the carbon costs, and there simply hasn’t been any signal that his White House is giving the great Gore crusade anything but the barest of rhetorical support. If there were any political value to ardent greensmanship, surely a President who is floundering on the economy and sinking in the polls would have grabbed that raft with a passion.
But there isn’t anymore. Perhaps the recession has tamed the imaginations of most people and their governments. In tight economic times people are naturally unwilling to engage in the comic-book fantasies of the wilder environmentalists. Perhaps Climategate gave a too-souring glimpse into the mixture of science and advocacy that has, to some extent, corrupted both. Perhaps, finally, the unctuousness, sanctimony and sputtering righteousness of the high-profile environmentalists signal to most observers that they aren’t really as certain of all this “science” as they pretend to be. Either way this long green game has lost its fundamental energies. The celebrities will find another wristband; the politicians will find a new vague distraction.
For that, Mr. Gore himself has a lot of blame to carry. His own “sputtering righteousness” and his adolescent barks of “bulls–t” to his critics may be a reverse of the Obama declaration. Gore’s meltdown might just be the moment when the people of the planet saw the carney show for what it was."
The Paducah Sun weighed in about Al Gore's unhinged tantrum back on Aug.14, 2011:
"Al Gore has good reason to be so angry. But it’s not the reason you might think.
At the Aspen Institute last week, the former vice president, behaving like anything but, unleashed an obscenity laced tirade against those who aren’t buying what he’s selling: global warming. The number of scientists moving into the skeptic ranks regarding manmade climate change is growing.
“They pay pseudo-scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: ‘This climate thing, it’s nonsense. Man-made CO2 doesn’t trap heat. It may be volcanoes.’ Bull****! ‘It may be sun spots.’ Bull****! ‘It’s not getting warmer.’ Bull****!”
Sounds like someone’s losing an argument.
He complained, “There’s no longer a shared reality on an issue like climate, even though the very existence of our civilization is threatened.”
Gore doesn’t live like the very existence of our civilization is threatened. With his many mansions, his fleet of vehicles and his travels aboard private jets, he leaves the carbon footprint of a small city. Yet he claims to live a “carbon-neutral” lifestyle because he pays poor people in Third World countries to plant trees. That’s a luxury reserved for the wealthy, like Gore, with guilty consciences to pacify over their conspicuous consumption.
He’s not alone. Every global climate summit has been an orgy of excess that exposed the hypocrisy of all those hoping to cash in on global warming panic.
Civilization is not threatened, but Gore’s fortune may be. He is heavily invested in green technology and carbon trading. But the green market is just not performing. So he’s beginning to sound deranged.
How else to explain this statement from his rant: “It’s no longer acceptable in mixed company, meaning bipartisan company, to use the god**** word ‘climate.’”
Gore cited different arguments of the skeptics but gave the same response to all three, a one-word profanity for “baloney.” If the poison is the lack of science on the other side, then the antidote should be real science, right? Instead, he resorts to the very tactic he (falsely) accuses the other side of engaging in: unsupported assertions.
Gore’s real problem is real science. Between embarrassing blunders and scientific scandals among the leading climatologists, the global warming movement is evaporating, and with it Gore’s dreams of untold wealth."
Turns out, the Gorzukion Greenshevist Goons (... the Gores, the Suzukis, the Stephane Dions) - including climate-fear-spreading wankers such as Ontario Liberal MPP Jim Bradley and Dalton McGuinty's gang of Kyodiots - were and are full of "bullshit", more specifically, GreenShit.
Just like that poor brainwashed/ greenwashed TSN sports moron (on 1050 AM radio today at 5pm) who actually - seriously!! - linked hurricanes with climate-change! To back up his deranged claim, this sports clown then pointlessly tells us to "read a book"....! WTF, TSN????!
Wow: a TSN sports-jock, a political commentator, AND a learned climate scientist, rolled up into one GreenFear-spreader. This green clown even knew the word 'skeptic', but only as it applied to revering certain sports figures!!
Bradley and Suzuki and Gore and Dion are proud of your green bullshit too, buddy.