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On ‘ClimateGate’ anniversary, greens try new ‘science’ tack

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      Chris Horner

      Christopher C. Horner serves as a Senior Fellow at CEI. As an attorney in Washington, DC Horner has represented CEI as well as scientists and Members of the U.S. House and Senate on matters of environmental policy in the federal courts including the Supreme Court. He has written on numerous topics in publications ranging from law reviews to legal and industrial trade journals to print and online opinion pages, and is the author of two best-selling books: Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed (Regnery, 2008) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism (Regnery, 2007), which spent half of 2007 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Alas. Longtime spokesperson for the global warmist science community (now turned semi-heretic) Judith Curry, head of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, in a remarkable post-ClimateGate pivot, wrote:

“No one really believes that the ‘science is settled’ or that ‘the debate is over.’ Scientists and others that say this seem to want to advance a particular agenda. There is nothing more detrimental to public trust than such statements.”

Huh. ClimateGate’s Phil Jones also told the BBC that anyone who says this has their own reason, and he won’t judge what their motives are.

Has anyone else volunteered insights on the agenda, someone not accusing others but expressing his own knowledge?

Spokesman for the Blue-Green Alliance David Foster says: “It is an economic restructuring bill for the global economy. We should not pretend that it isn’t.”

OK. Let’s top playing make-believe. I agree.

Erstwhile Democrat Party “green star” and Obama “green czar” Van Jones has been extremely helpful in this regard:

“The slogan of ‘green jobs’ is the banner under which all of the pro-democracy forces can gather for the next big assaults.”

“We want to move from suicidal gray capitalism. The green economy will start off as a small subset, and we’re going to push it, and push it, and push it, until it becomes the engine for transforming the whole society.”

(Ah, the ol’ “fundamentally transform America” again.)

Ah, and where to begin with Tom “Totalitarianism is Cool” Friedman? And so on and so forth. Power Grab details the more recent acknowledgements, as there are years’ worth and a steady stream, also captured in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism and Red Hot Lies.

My apparently curious quote derives from quoting the environmental movement’s front-men (and women), asking whether or not we should take them at their words. It seems our academic friends are either genuinely unaware of this wealth of argument, or wave it all away. If the latter, then it seems the new tactic is to get you to believe the greens have really just been lying. We’ll see how well that works.

Christopher C. Horner Senior Fellow Copetitive Enterprise Institute.