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A Memo To The Global Warming Cult

posted at 1:28 am on December 12, 2009 by

Dear global warming fanatics,

Please. Stop. You’re embarrassing yourselves. Take a deep breath, and try to understand what has happened to you during the past month. You need to accept that your dreams of global domination are over. Increasingly shrill attempts to terrify the masses into ignoring Climagate are only making you look foolish. The con job you’ve been running for the last thirty years is busted forever.

I know this is difficult for you to accept. Things seemed to be going well. You’ve got the cap-and-trade bill lurking over the United States, ready to shatter an already weakened economy plagued with unemployment problems, and effectively end America’s role as a dominant industrial power. Your beliefs have been instituted in public schools as the official state religion, whose rituals and incantations are forced upon millions of school children. The wealthy royalty of popular culture is pleased to produce an endless string of movies, music, and television programming to market your beliefs. Your critics were marginalized to the point where the presidential candidate from the 2000 Democrat ticket felt comfortable referring to them as Nazis.

I can see how losing all of this cultural and political power in a few short weeks would be stunning. I hope the shock has dissipated enough for you to understand where we are now, and where we are going from here.

You aren’t going to frighten the world into reducing the human population. You’re not going to succeed in terrorizing free people into embracing totalitarianism, to fend off a phantasmal catastrophe that no democratic nation has the discipline to combat. We’re not going to politely ignore swarms of private jets and limos ferrying you to carbon-belching “climate summits,” where you draw up plans for the Western proletariat to live as primitive hunter-gatherers. We’re not going to let a pampered elitist, who once flew around the world to attend cricket practice, tell us that we need to make do without air travel and ice water.

We’ll never be foolish enough to allow a band of fanatics to use “peer review” to rule all dissenting opinion out-of-bounds, then declare themselves the proud owners of a mighty consensus. You global-warming fanatics underestimate how much you needed those tactics to gain power. You’ll never have that kind of unchallenged authority again, because we will never stop demanding the raw data, and we’ll drown you in laughter when you mutter something about deleting it by accident. We will never forget that you began with a conclusion and sought to harvest data that supported it – the exact opposite of the scientific method.

Your arrogant condescension to your critics is horribly misplaced. You have completely lost the ability to call anyone “stupid.” Your capacity for reason is the matter in question. Your status as “scientists” is on probation. It will take years of faithful adherence to the scientific method, and rigorous efforts to test and disprove your hypotheses, before you can regain the trust of thoughtful men and women. Until you have accomplished this, the attitude we expect from you is humility and contrition. You have much to answer for. The time for you to issue pompous lectures is over. The time for you to give sworn testimony may soon begin. We’re a year away from the American voter’s first opportunity to respond to the politicians who terrorized them by waving a loaded cap-and-trade bill in their faces.

We ask you to stop propagandizing our children, because it won’t work any more. We will prepare them to deal with you. Informed parents across the industrialized world will explain what Climagate means to their children, and prepare them with questions your public-education minions cannot answer. The vindicated critics you’ve been working to silence will fill the post-Climagate void with publications, and some of them will become best-sellers. You’ll always have your political allies and fellow travelers, but you’ll never have a population ignorant of climate science to push around again.

You can stop trying to make Climagate go away by ignoring it, or lying about it. That won’t work, either. Huge stories can no longer be suppressed by a handful of like-minded network executives and editors. Those glittering eyes you see in the darkness, beyond the comforting glow of the New York Times editorial board, are the massed ranks of the Internet’s Army of Davids. They are a feral mixture of blogging curiosity and search-engine memory. If you think they’re closing in around you… well, it’s not just your imagination.

One of the worst sins you must answer for is the damage you have done to real science. We have much to learn about the Earth, its ecology, and its climate. We will not enhance our ability to learn those secrets by impoverishing ourselves in fit of primitive superstition and political opportunism. Desperate people don’t do a good job of protecting the environment… it is a job suitable only to vibrant nations of industry and technology. Those of us who still cherish independent thought, and the spirit of scientific inquiry, would like to resume our studies of the universe. It’s difficult to hear the truth whispered in the tides, the breeze, and the solar wind over the hysterical jabbering of fanatics, and the angry demands of greedy politicians.

Update: Thanks to osogrande for pointing out a typo where I referred to Al Gore as the 2000 vice-presidential candidate.  I’ve corrected the mistake.  I wanted to acknowledge the error, instead of claiming my original raw data was accidentally deleted.

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You need to accept that your dreams of global domination a Thousand Year Reich are over.

MB4 on December 12, 2009 at 6:57 PM

I respectfully disagree. “dreams of global domination” via “a Thousand Year Reich” are definitely NOT over. The totalitarians simply updated the uniform and traded one god for another .

oldleprechaun on December 13, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Good stuff Doc, as usual.

I’m doing my part to make this piece go viral. Elegant and too the point.

JusDreamin on December 13, 2009 at 11:54 AM

I have seen what revolutions in science look like.

The AGW folks refused to come out and play in the brutal arena of science and attempted to sequester their pet theories away from scrutiny. They personally attack critics, instead of analyzing the data that critics present. None of those are part of science and the scientific method in sharing your data with your colleagues so you can get better results based on larger and more complete datasets. The three main datasets used by researchers were corrupted to varying degrees: EA CRU, NASA/Goddard, and the NOAA dataset.

By not publishing what the methodologies they used on the datasets were and by being unable to reproduce their results, EA CRU has demonstrated outright fraud.

I’ve seen how scientists with novel ideas accept their critics as honest and open critics and then deal with the data, if they can. And I’ve seen how scientists across fields have to deal with new concepts that have no ‘set science’ or ‘ready answer’ to them, just results and lots of questions. Science is never ‘settled’ and finds that concepts often get washed out or delimited by wider concepts… and yet if the original cannot explain other things under its domain, like paleo-climates for climactic research, then it is your model that is wrong.

With mine own eyes and ears I have witnessed how the scientific community should react. Publish or Perish is understood in the field, and yet your source of funding should not prevent you from doing good science. When it DOES that is FRAUD. Your motives actually don’t matter if your data stands up, is reproducible and others can confirm your work and your work has disprovability to it. If it can’t be disproven, it isn’t science but religion.

There are no set outcomes in science, only a set method… and when you screw with the method you are hurting yourself, you are hurting those depending on you and you are doing science no good at all.

I’ll take the methodology and result of Ghost Labs as they send data out for independent analysis and accept negative results as part of their work. They KNOW they are biased and SEEK independent analysis to counter that bias. Too bad I can’t get such honesty from the AGW religion. Now that the scheme is revealed they are in the position of those investing so much in Madoff… good thing that HE only stole money. He didn’t ask you to become a cult member and to blindly follow the cult wherever it went. He only wanted crass cash… the cult wants your soul and your spirit.

ajacksonian on December 13, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Sorry, Dr. Z, I can’t be so sanguine about your confidence that “[i]nformed parents across the industrialized world will explain what Climagate means to their children…”

Uh…not so much.

The enviros have had 3 complete school generations of total access to the ‘scientific’ message – I would say ever since the 1975 publication of Ty Miller’s Environmental Science.

Kids are being taught envronmental absolutism in school. But it’s not only the people who went into teaching that got that message – everyone else who are today’s parents got the same indoctrination the now-teachers did. It’s like the zombie movie where you fight your way through the zombie hoardes back to your neighborhood, only to find that everyone there is also infected.

So this is not an action to just stop something bad that has happened, but to retake lost ground at the very center of the culture. Much of American public education is now avowedly not about readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic but about creating “social and environmental justice”. What’s another minor case of “fake but accurate”?

eeyore on December 13, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Outstanding letter. Agree with everything.

John the Libertarian on December 13, 2009 at 12:45 PM

“unless you give me a trillion dollars and all the power I want the world is doomed. Doomed I say” is not science. It’s more like something out of “Pinkie and the Brain.”

Fred 2 on December 12, 2009 at 12:20 PM


peski on December 13, 2009 at 12:48 PM

So sad, but true, eeyore. Like you, I am not sharing Doc Z’s optomism. None is so blind as he who will not see, nor none so deaf that will not hear. Did anyone hear, btw, the audio of Desmond Tutu at a rally in Copenhagen yesterday? He was delighting that “the rich won’t escape this time, they will have to pay up.” He was, of course referencing the soon to come policy of global transferrance of wealth to ostensibly cool the planet. None of this has anything to do with climate. Isn’t it maddening, the deceit? Only occassionally does the truthful expression of the left’s real goals slip out. In the meantime we have the EPA about to institute by bureaucracy and rule what the Congress has yet to institute by law. But I expect to see the Cap and Tax bill get passed. These people are hell-bent on destroying Westtern civilization.

cdor on December 13, 2009 at 12:56 PM

To summarize for this too lazy to research and read on their own…There are 4 international efforts (2 in the U.S., 2 outside the U.S.) which are carrying on parallel processes of aggregating information on climate change and then feeding that to the intergovernmental panel on climate change. So even if 1 of 4 were corrupted (which of course isn’t the case anyway) that has nothing to do with the other 3, and all 4 were in fundamental agreement. In short, there’s nothing wrong with investigating Climategate, and condemning the questionable professionalism of some of the scientists, but acting as if it’s some sort of invalidation of AGW is laughable.

I eagerly await your further corrections.

crr6 on December 12, 2009 at 9:16 PM

The four separate efforts are actually all founded on 90-95% of the same data. They also All follow each other, and if you look deeper into it, each of the people in charge of the individual data sets are all friendly and share their methods with each other. Thus, there is one real data set, all based on the same lies.

Nice to see a tool here though, send our regards to the bandwagon fellows.

astonerii on December 12, 2009 at 9:21 PM

Not only do the use the same data sets, they most likely “adjust” them in the same way.

But since, like the Goracle and all his ilk, crr6 has no actual interest in facts and will gladly misrepresent them in support of his socialist-statist dystopian dream.

peski on December 13, 2009 at 1:04 PM

GunRunner on December 12, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Let us not forget the BS about PCB’s. These chemicals were widely used for three decades in electrical equipment because of their insulating properties until Renate Kimbrough of the Centers for Disease Control decided to feed massive quantities of PCBs to lab rats and found they caused liver cancer. Not long afterward, in 1976, Congress banned the use of PCBs.
Almost 25 years later, Kimbrough revisited the subject in a peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and found no link between PCBs and human health problems. That study, by the way, focused on more than 7,000 people who worked from 1946 to 1977 in GE power plants on the Hudson River – plants that dumped massive amounts of PCBs into the river.

Even though PCB levels in the Hudson were dropping every year as nature took its course, and despite the new study by Kimbrough, the Clinton administration decided to invest in a major dredging operation of the river. The Bush administration later green-lighted the project at an estimated cost of $460 million.

All along the way, critics explained the worst possible thing you could do if the goal was to reduce PCB levels in the Hudson was to dredge. They said dredging would actually raise the levels of PCBs in the river.

Scheduled to begin in 2003 or 2004, the project finally got under way last spring – with a new price tag of $780 million.

Would you like to guess the results?

Almost immediately, the PCB levels in the river began to rise. They’re still rising. But, instead of halting the dredging operation, the Environmental Protection Agency has simply assured the public there are no health dangers.

Of course, that begs the question: If there is no health threat associated with rising PCB levels, why dredge them out in the first place?

Because it was never about PCB dangers in the first place. This was about doing something – about politicians taking action that would make them heroic figures, about make-work projects, about payoffs and so-called “green jobs.”

larvcom on December 13, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Your best post to date, Doc. Spot on!

TXUS on December 13, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Silence, warmer!

crr6 on December 12, 2009 at 9:30 PM

It’s come to this. You’re out of ideas and you just sit in the car blowing the horn.

davo on December 12, 2009 at 9:40 PM

This is crr6′ pattern. Unlike the phony AGW data, this is an observable, verifiable fact.

No need for “a broad consensus of opinion” here – crr6′ just vents, and floats away.

It’s somewhat fixated on Jim Treacher, for some reason.

massrighty on December 13, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Permission to repost this, Dr.Zero? I’d like nothing better to put this up in plain view on a few certain places…the resulting wrath would be well worth the show!

Dark-Star on December 13, 2009 at 10:26 PM

Permission to repost this, Dr.Zero? I’d like nothing better to put this up in plain view on a few certain places…the resulting wrath would be well worth the show!

Dark-Star on December 13, 2009 at 10:26 PM

Please, by all means, go ahead. I’d be honored.

Doctor Zero on December 13, 2009 at 10:28 PM

It’s somewhat fixated on Jim Treacher, for some reason.

massrighty on December 13, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Much like dog doo fixates on the treads of one’s shoes.

Jim Treacher on December 14, 2009 at 3:06 AM

The Socialist Kingdom’s of the world are all teetering on bankruptcy…Taxes are extremely difficult to raise on our overburdened populations. Cap and Trade systems were meant to be the goose that lays golden eggs for a hundred years. Millions of beaurocrats are counting on this new revenue stream…The New Royalists are not so different from the Kings of Old and we are not so different from the serfs of old…

Nozzle on December 14, 2009 at 10:58 PM

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