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  • Climate "Science" Bombshell May Be Getting Ready To Burst 14 comments
    Feb 26, 2014 11:29 AM

    Executive summary:

    • Pending lawsuits represent potential bombsells to the climate change investment thesis.
    • Climate scientist Michael Mann has invited unwanted scrutany to the "science" backing climate science.
    • Michael Mann, author of the notorious "Hockey Stick" graph has refused to release its "metafiles" to a judge raising red flags as to its credibility and the studies that it influenced.
    • Belief in CO2 driving global warming/climate change is the foundation of the EPA's ability to regulate parts of the economy.


    Countless article are written about investment strategies based upon "climate change," but I doubt any of those analysts have ever analyzed the "science" supporting the "consensus" used to justify those investment recommendations. Most people think that climate "science" is just like every other field of science, where ridged rules of best scientific practices are followed, key among those are releasing data and information to the world so that other scientists can validate or reject the conclusions. Years back claims of discovering a method of "cold fusion" were quickly debunked once scientists were unable to replicate the results of the published research. The reason that fraud was quickly discovered and soundly rebuked was because the researcher making the claims released his data and process to be tested. That is how real science works. That isn't how climate "science" works.

    With a real science people do the research and publish the results and subject themselves to a gauntlet of public scrutiny. I did that on Seeking Alpha when I outlined the flaws in the "climate change" theories and "triple dog dared" anyone to refute my claims. People with the truth on their sides don't run from debating the subject, they seek it out. Scientists are usually proud of their work and want to share their insight with everyone interested, and would almost never run from a debate.

    This article is an opportunity for people that truly believe in the "science" supporting the "consensus" conclusions to prove to the world that they understand and can defend the science, and that skeptics like myself are wrong. Please, people that write articles and recommend investments based upon the "science" of global warming, prove me wrong, I triple dog dare you. You owe it to the investment community to prove you know what you are talking about.

    In climate "science" there is a tight knit cabal of "peers" that review each other's work to ensure that the results meet the predetermined conclusion. I know that sounds absurd, paranoid and conspiratorial. I know you are thinking my tin foil hat is too tight and that I shouldn't be taken seriously, but keep reading, I've been doing this for years and you won't be disappointed. What follows is going to sound like a bad soap opera, so I will include as many links as possible to support my claims. Trust me, I know what I am about to write sounds absurd, but that is the basis of climate "science."

    Every once in awhile, the Secret Brotherhood of the Protectors of the Climate Scientist Realm make the mistake of telling their dirty little secret to some one they shouldn't, a whistle blower. That happened a few years back when outsider Dr David Deming recieved an e-mail from an insider regarding some of his research. Thinking that Dr Deming was one of them, the e-mail requested that Dr Deming "get rid of the Medieval warming period."

    With the publication of the article in Science [in 1995], I gained significant credibility in the community of scientists working on climate change. They thought I was one of them, someone who would pervert science in the service of social and political causes. So one of them let his guard down. A major person working in the area of climate change and global warming sent me an astonishing email that said "We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period."

    It turns out that above quote was a paraphrase, and didn't exactly represent the wording of the e-mail. I will let the reader decide if the difference is material. What is material is that the Hockey Stick did in fact remove the Medieval warming period. That is the material point I am making.

    I get the sense that I'm not the only one who would like to deal a mortal blow to the misuse of supposed warm period terms and myths in the literature

    The university rewarded Dr Deming for his honesty by putting him in a closet like office and cancelling his classes.

    I am associate professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. I receive teaching evaluations that run from average to outstanding. I have more scholarly publications than half the full professors in my department. But as I sit here writing, three of my four classes have been cancelled. I am scheduled to be moved out of the office I have occupied for the last twelve years into a dank hole in the basement that was never intended to be used as office space. Recent events are the culmination of four years of retaliation, intimidation, and harassment. You see, I don't have the right politics. What's worse is that I'm not submissive and I refuse to be bullied and intimidated.

    Believe it or not all of the "global warming" and now "climate change" theory promoted by the "consensus scientists" relies on the Roman Warming, Medieval Warming and Little Ice Age never actually having happened, at least not on a global basis. The problem has its roots in the very first InterGovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC report. The first assesment report or AR1 contained this chart (see page 8).

    The problem is, if you are going to make the case for man made global warming, AR1 was before the re-branding to climate change, the evidence provided disproved the entire theory. You can't claim man made CO2 is causing global warming when the temperature chart provided as evidence does just the opposite. If the claim is going to be that man made CO2 has driven temperatures to the highest level since the beginning of civilization, that graph simply wasn't going to cut it. By the way, not only does archeological evidence support the above chart and the existence of a Roman Warming period as well, other recent studies do as well.

    A new study measuring temperatures over the past two millennia has concluded that in fact the temperatures seen in the last decade are far from being the hottest in history.

    A large team of scientists making a comprehensive study of data from tree rings say that in fact global temperatures have been on a falling trend for the past 2,000 years and they have often been noticeably higher than they are today - despite the absence of any significant amounts of human-released carbon dioxide in the atmosphere back then.

    In any real science, the scientists would have looked at the IPCC chart, looked at the archeological evidence and concluded that this CO2 theory was nonsense, packed up their bags and went on to develop another theory on what drives temperatures. That is how real science works, you make an observation, create a theory, gather data, test the theory to determine validity, lather rinse repeat. Problem is with climate "science" the objective isn't to explain what drives global temperatures, the objective is to prove CO2 is the main driver behind global warming and that record levels of CO2 have driven temperatures to the highest level in modern history. There is nothing objective about this science. In climate "science" you don't let the data determine the conclusion, you start with a conclusion and then go and find data to support the conclusion. It is the scientific method in reverse. It is anti-science. That is why people that disagree with the climate orthodoxy are called "Heritics" that should be prosecuted, censored and even put to death. By the way, the woman in that video calling for prosecutions is Naomi Oreskes the Science Historian that published the original article establishing the then concensus on global warming. It is kind of easy to reach a consensus if you threaten those who disagree with prosecution, and the one making the threats is the one doing the counting.

    Well, after the IPCC's AR1 was published in 1990, the climate cabal went out to re-write history and get rid of that nasty medieval warming period that threatened all their future funding. The solution was to replace the 1990 chart with a new chart that mysteriously had no Medieval warming period, no little ice age, and an off the charts, heart stopping, bubble like spike in temperatures starting right at the beginning of the 20th Century when man was just starting to fill the atmosphere with CO2. That chart in now known as Michael Mann's "Hockey Stick" chart, and as part of the IPCC's 3rd assessment report.

    The row had been going on for months. Most of the correspondence is missing. But in April 1999, Ray Bradley, a co-author with Mann on the hockey stick study, was apologising for Mann's stance. "I would like to dissociate myself from Mike Mann's view [expressed in a complaint Mann had made the previous summer to the journal Science]… I find this notion quite absurd... As for thinking that is it 'better that nothing appear, than something unacceptable to us'… as though we are the gatekeepers of all that is acceptable in the world of paleoclimatology seems amazingly arrogant."

    Mann and Briffa eventually settled their differences. And the hockey stick was given pride of place in the IPCC report, alongside the claim that "it is likely that the 1990s have been the warmest decade and 1998 the warmest year of the millennium". Most researchers, including Briffa, now believe that statement was correct. But the emails reveal how deeply controversial it was at the time.

    Pay special attention as to how it was constructed. There are continual thermometer records going back to 1659, and yet thermometer data isn't added until 1902. Why would anyone avoid available thermometer temperature data when constructing a historic temperature chart?

    Well, some in the press jumped all over this dramatic change, and ran stories highlighting the Orwellin re-writing of 1,000 years of climate history.

    The real mistake the climate cabal made however wasn't in publishing the chart in the IPCC's AR3, it was letting another outsider access to the data. Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick weren't interested in proving CO2 was causing global warming, they were interested in the truth. The two absolutely destroyed the "Hockey Stick," and systematically, scientifically, methodically and relentlessly melted any credibility it had.

    To make matters worse, Michael Mann was implicated in the "Climategate" emails. Mike's "nature trick" and "hide the decline" all proved to pour fuel on an already blazing fire.

    This assault on the credibility of Michael Mann set off a chain of events, that are just now coming to a head. Michael Mann did what any other real scientist would do when the credibility of his studies were questioned, he filed lawsuits against various conservative media, conservative media personalities and a fellow climate scientist Dr Tim Ball. It appears Filing "SLAPP" lawsuits is a best practice in the field of climate "science."

    I've been studying this "science" for years and have always been hoping that it would finally get brought into the court. I've always thought that if a jury or impartial judge was ever able to get to look behind the curtain they would find the field of climate "science" guilty of scientific malpractice and gross incompetence at best, or outright fraud and conspiracy with the intent to deceive at worse. Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth" was taken to court over in the UK and it failed miserably to defend its claims. I assume Al Gore only chose the most "settled" aspects of this "science" and a UK Judge poured cold water all over that "consensus." There was nothing "settled" as far as the Judge could see.

    It is because I am so aware of how truly laughable the science and statistics are backing the claims of the climate "scientists" that I was shocked to discover that Michael Mann would open the door to such an event. Climate "science" succeeds because it relies on a "consensus" of "scientists" to essentially argue by authority. The "consensus" deems it so, so it is true. The climate change enthusiasts simply put their blind faith in the opinions of the "experts." The entire key to the Wizard of Oz maintaining power was his ability to prevent society from looking behind the curtain. Michael Mann, with his lawsuits, has pulled the curtain wide open for all to see.

    I repeat: I'm not a global warming believer. I'm not a global warming denier. I've long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists. "The debate is settled," asserted propagandist in chief Barack Obama in his latest State of the Union address. "Climate change is a fact." Really? There is nothing more anti-scientific than the very idea that science is settled, static, impervious to challenge.

    Michael Mann must never have learned to play chess because he apparently believed that lawsuits are a one way street. He must have thought that he would be able to sue everyone else, but they would never think of punching back. He also failed to realize that if you are trying to hide something, and someone calls you out on it, and you sue them, you most likely are going to have to present the thing you are hiding to the court. Michael Mann's mistakes have opened the door to possibly catastrophic consequences to the field of climate "science."

    I always told you that Mann was walking into the trap of putting his scientific charlatanism on trial if he sued.

    The Defense for defamation or libel is the truth.

    The discovery of those files Mann and UVA kept out of the hands of Cuccinelli will be a game changer.

    Unfortunately the mainstream media doesn't cover the important aspects of the climate change field so you have to rely on bloggers and non-mainstream media sources to follow important developments. One posting that caught my eye is that Michael Mann has done what no other climate scientist has done so far, that being turning the liberal media against them. The current lawsuit against Mann is being supported by the AP, Reuters, NPR and the Washington Post. Funny I couldn't find the New York Times on that list

    The key issue in the pending case over the quest for Mann's e-mails involves the extent of Virginia's state freedom of information laws, which ATI is using to request Mann's documents. That issue has galvanized a coalition of 18 heavyweight press groups - including the Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Associated Press, Reuters, NPR, Dow Jones, Politico, The Washington Post and others - who somewhat quietly penned a friend-of-the-court or "amicus" brief favoring disclosure of this type of e-mail.

    Fellow climate scientists are also beginning to turn on Michael Mann.

    So three cheers for Judith Curry, who writes today:

    For the past decade, scientists have come to the defense of Michael Mann, somehow thinking that defending Michael Mann is fighting against the 'war on science' and is standing up for academic freedom. Its time to let Michael Mann sink or swim on his own. Michael Mann is having all these problems because he chooses to try to muzzle people that are critical of Mann's science, critical of Mann's professional and personal behavior, and critical of Mann's behavior as revealed in the climategate emails. All this has nothing to do with defending climate science or academic freedom. [bold added]

    Another interesting post involved another lawsuit that Michael Mann effectively lost. In his lawsuit against Dr Tim Ball what is important isn't that Michael Mann effectively lost, it is why he effectively lost. Michael Mann had accused Dr Tim Ball of defamation for claims he had made about Michael Mann's research. When asked by the judge to produce the "metafiles," Michael Mann refused effectively giving Dr Tim Ball the victory. I can't think for the life of me why an honest man with nothing to hide would ever do that. Why sue someone if you aren't going to defend your claims? By the way, protecting data isn't unique to Michael Mann, other "top" climate "scientists" also have a bad reputation of not sharing.

    Steyn's legal team, aware of the latest developments from Vancouver, have correctly adduced that Ball has effectively defeated Mann after the Penn. State pretender's preposterous and inactive lawsuit against Ball was rendered dormant for failure to prosecute. Under law, Mann's prevarications, all his countless fudging and evasiveness in the matter, establishes compelling evidence that his motive was not to prove Ball had defamed him, but more likely a cynical attempt to silence fair and honest public criticism on a pressing and contentious government policy issue.

    The fact Mann refused to disclose his 'hockey stick' graph metadata in the British Columbia Supreme Court, as he is required to do under Canadian civil rules of procedure, constituted a fatal omission to comply, rendering his lawsuit unwinnable. As such, Dr Ball, by default, has substantiated his now famous assertion that Mann belongs "in the state pen, not Penn. State." In short, Mann failed to show he did not fake his tree ring proxy data for the past 1,000 years, so Ball's assessment stands as fair comment. Moreover, many hundreds of papers in the field of paleoclimate temperature reconstructions that cite Mann's work are likewise tainted, heaping more misery on the discredited UN's Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (NASDAQ:IPCC) which has a knack of relying on such sub prime science.

    The last part of the above quote is what is important to investors. The reason the EPA can regulate carbon in the US is because of a supreme court ruling. The entire Renewable Fuels Standard 2 or RFS2 is dependent upon the EPA's ability to regulate carbon as a pollutant.

    The EPA relied almost completely on the "expert" "opinions" of climate "scientists." Michael Mann is the expert's expert in the field of climate "science." If he is proven to be a fraud, all research that relied on his work, or other works that relied on his work, would be thrown into question.

    The brief notes that EPA conducted no scientific analysis of its own but relied almost entirely on Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change findings. It summarizes many of the questionable to fraudulent methods the EPA and IPCC used to justify their conclusion that CO2 is causing "dangerous" climate change, contrary to a growing body of mainstream science that shows any changes are natural in origin.

    If Michael Mann is proven to be a fraud, the entire climate change house of cards could come tumbling down, and with it the EPA's RFS2 and entire "climate change economy" that is dependent upon it that includes biodiesel, wind, solar and ethanol.

    By the way, Michael Mann isn't the only "top" climate "scientist" that doesn't share with others. It looks like Al Gore's "good friend" also doesn't play well with others.

    From the Ohio State University , taken with a grain of salt since Dr. Thompson and his wife Ellen are serial non archivers of ice core data (even when asked for it), which prevents other scientists from checking their work.

    Pending lawsuits aren't expected to address the EPA's ability to regulate carbon, but if Michael Mann ever does have to release the "metafiles," anything can happen. Facts are we have policy makers depending on graphs, charts and conclusions produced by the IPCC, and the person most associated with the most important chart of all isn't willing to release the "metafiles."

    The ruling is unlikely to have a broad impact on the administration's climate strategy, including plans to introduce greenhouse gas standards for new power plants under a separate provision of the Clean Air Act. The standards were announced in September but have yet to be formally issued.

    Questions posed by the justices made it clear the court is highly unlike to revisit a landmark 2007 case, Massachusetts v. EPA, when it held on a 5-4 vote that carbon was a pollutant that could potentially be regulated under the air pollution law.

    A decision is expected by the end of June.

    June is a long way away, and from the current hearings, the EPA's ability to regulate carbon dioxide or CO2 may be in jeopardy. People seem to forget that CO2 is the element of life, it is the essential and defining element of the carbon cycle of life. CO2 is necessary for life, CO2 is airborne fertilizer. I exhale CO2, plants absorb CO2, Plants turn CO2 into food, animals eat the plants, I eat the animals, my body converts the energy from the food into CO2, I exhale CO2 and the cycle starts all over again. The entire concept of labeling a compound that is essential for life a "pollutant" is absurd, life ends without CO2. Current CO2 levels are 400 parts per million or PPMs, and submarines have 8,000 PPM and we trust them with nuclear missiles, and crowded smoky bars have 2,500 PPMs. CO2 levels are nowhere near dangerous levels, and they won't be for hundreds, if not thousands of years at the current rate of increase.

    WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Monday over whether the administration of President Barack Obama exceeded its authority in trying to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy would seem to hold the swing vote on the nine-member high court, with conservative justices skeptical of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approach and liberal justices generally supportive.

    Kennedy offered some criticism of the government's position but did not indicate which way he would vote.

    In his most outspoken question, Kennedy clashed with the Obama administration's lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, over some of the government's legal arguments.

    "I can't find a single precedent that strongly supports your position," Kennedy said.

    The justices are weighing just one aspect of the administration's first wave of climate change regulations, focusing on whether the agency has authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases under a program for stationary sources of pollution, such as power plants and oil refineries.

    The court has various options if it finds fault with the government's conclusion that greenhouse gases should be regulated under the "prevention of serious deterioration," or PSD, program, which requires any new or modified major polluting facility to obtain a permit before any new construction is done if it emits "any air pollutant." The program requires facilities to install the best available technology to control emissions of specific pollutants.

    One option discussed by the justices would require facilities already subject to the permit program for other air pollutants to be regulated for greenhouse gases but would exempt other facilities. Alternatively, the court could exempt all facilities from the program in relation to greenhouse gases.

    It is that last sentence, "alternatively, the court could exempt all facilities from the program in relation to greenhouse gases," that highlights the risk that all investors in the "climate change economy" must be aware of. A single court ruling can make an entire industry essentially vanish overnight. People interested in investments based upon "climate change" should pay special attention to how the Michael Mann and EPA hearings proceed. They could be bombshells just waiting to go off.

    Lastly, just in case you are afraid that we are losing ice in the Arctic, here are some Navy photos proving that losing Arctic ice isn't anything new.

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  • ilanfl
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    According to the sources you posted, the email to Dr Deming did not request to "get rid of the Medieval warming period."


    It said: "I get the sense that I’m not the only one who would like to deal a mortal blow to the misuse of supposed warm period terms and myths in the literature"


    "would like" ... "to deal a mortal blow to the MISUSE" (my capitilization)


    That is a huge difference.
    26 Feb 2014, 01:10 PM Reply Like
  • Robert Wagner
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    Author’s reply » Thanks for catching that, I made an edit to the post to address that. I don't think I would call it "huge." What is "huge" is that the Hockey Stick did just that, it eliminated the medieval warming period, that is what is material and that is what is "huge."
    26 Feb 2014, 01:39 PM Reply Like
  • ilanfl
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    I really do not see these two sentences as similar. They carry a different message:


    1. Get rid of MWP.
    2. We think that misuse of MWP in science must stop.


    Your article is well-written and seems thoroughly researched. I do not have your knowledge or, currently, enough motivation to deeply research any of this. I cannot refute any of your claims.


    These things do bug me though (yes, there are other minute issues, like the submarine pictures that, without more context, seem immaterial to me, and do not support any claim to either side). This hinders me from taking all the info 100% seriously, because I feel that it might be biased and not objective.
    26 Feb 2014, 01:58 PM Reply Like
  • Robert Wagner
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    Author’s reply » Yes, thanks for the comment, I didn't catch that on first read of the blog. To me the material issue is that the Medieval period disappeared, the leaked emails talk about "hiding the decline" and "Mike's nature trick," and the man behind all this won't release the metafiles for examination. Put into perspective, one or two words in an email is pretty immaterial. BTW, the mob doesn't say go kill that person, they say "we have a problem that needs to be addressed." The meaning is proven by the actions.
    26 Feb 2014, 02:08 PM Reply Like
  • MisterJ
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    For me, global warming is as scientific as gay conversion therapy. Fanatical sects (religious and environmentalist) impose their self-righteous fear-mongering on us.
    26 Feb 2014, 09:48 PM Reply Like
  • PcArCi
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    Love reading your articles Robert, and this was no exception. I am so glad you aren't afraid to speak the truth. This is the first time I've heard about the removal of the medieval warming period. Wow! Just boggles my mind that anyone would do that, and I agree that that is huge. I'm not surprised that this never came out in the mainstream media either.


    I hope you keep up the informative articles because people need to know that this whole 'climate science' thing is a sham. I cannot wait for the day when the IPCC gets disbanded for good. Kudos!
    26 Feb 2014, 11:36 PM Reply Like
  • Robert Wagner
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    Author’s reply » "This is the first time I've heard about the removal of the medieval warming period. Wow! Just boggles my mind that anyone would do that, and I agree that that is huge. I'm not surprised that this never came out in the mainstream media either."


    Thanks, that is my whole point. People support this "science" without understanding what backs it. Analysts are supporting it without every having studied the "science." The media refuses to fairly report on it. It is easy to reach a "consensus" when the opposition is silenced and only one side of the argument is allowed to be presented. Unfortunately even articles that are highly relevant to investing like this one end up on the instablog nether land instead of getting accepted for publication. Please share this article, that is the only way people will know it exists.
    27 Feb 2014, 07:36 AM Reply Like
  • psionbill
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    A little long but a great read and am passing it on to all who will be willing to read it with an open mind on the subject. I have already met more than one person with the attitude "Please don't confuse me with the facts - my mind is already made up!!!"
    27 Feb 2014, 09:24 PM Reply Like
  • Robert Wagner
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    Author’s reply » LOL, thanks psionbill. Please share it with as many as possible.
    27 Feb 2014, 10:00 PM Reply Like
  • Robert Wagner
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    Author’s reply » No wonder "97 percent" -- who did the poll? -- of climate scientists agree. When a Nazi publishing company produced "100 Authors Against Einstein," the target of this argument-by-cumulation replied: "Were I wrong, one professor would have been quite enough."


    Climate alarmism validates the progressive impulse to micromanage others' lives -- their light bulbs, showerheads, toilets, appliances, automobiles, etc. Although this is a nuisance, it distracts liberals from more serious mischief. And conservatives incensed about Obama's proposed $1 billion "climate resilience fund" -- enough for nearly two Solyndra-scale crony capitalism debacles -- should welcome an Obama brainstorm that costs only a single billion.


    Besides, the "resilience" fund will succeed. It will enhance liberals' self-esteem -- planet-saving heroism is not chopped liver -- and will energize the climate-alarmist portion of the Democratic base for this November's elections.
    1 Mar 2014, 06:35 PM Reply Like
  • Robert Wagner
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    Author’s reply » This is one of the biggest stories you have never heard of:


    Strange bedfellows: Climate change deniers, newspapers partner in a FOIA fight


    Public information laws have forged an unlikely team in Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann’s quest to keep his emails private
    - See more at:
    17 Mar 2014, 09:03 PM Reply Like
  • Robert Wagner
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    Author’s reply » I sense a backlash brewing against the totalitarian left:


    The ongoing trial involving journalist Mark Steyn – accused of defaming climate change theorist Michael Mann – reflects an increasingly dangerous tendency among our intellectual classes to embrace homogeneity of viewpoint. Steyn, whose column has appeared for years on these pages, may be alternatingly entertaining or over-the-top obnoxious, but the slander lawsuit against him marks a milestone in what has become a dangerously authoritarian worldview being adopted in academia, the media and large sections of the government bureaucracy.


    Let’s call it “the debate is over” syndrome, referring to a term used most often in relationship with climate change but also by President Barack Obama last week in reference to what remains his contentious, and theoretically reformable, health care plan. Ironically, this shift to certainty now comes increasingly from what passes for the Left in America.


    These are the same people who historically have identified themselves with open-mindedness and the defense of free speech, while conservatives, with some justification, were associated more often with such traits as criminalizing unpopular views – as seen in the 1950s McCarthy era
    7 Apr 2014, 01:38 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Mann vs. Steyn may be the trial of the century. It may determine, not merely whether the environmentalists can shut down industrial civilization, but whether they can shut down the independent thinking of skeptical dissidents.


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    7 Apr 2014, 01:51 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » This week’s Conversation that Matters features Freeman Dyson a professor emeritus of the Institute for Advanced Study who says models do a good job of helping us understand climate but they do a very poor job of predicting it.

    12 Apr 2015, 09:57 AM Reply Like
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