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Environment

Inside the Climate Skeptic Hive Mind

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorApril 30, 2012 9:29 PM

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And you thought some of the rabid in the climate concerned community had it in for Roger Pielke, Jr. Check out the threat Roger apparently poses to climate skeptics over in this Bishop Hill thread. Fortunately, there is a voice of sanity among the rabble. Ben Pile at first tries to reason with the fire-breathers, who think that Roger is 1) a stalking horse for the global climate conspiracy to enslave the free world, and 2) a polite version of James Hansen. Pile grows frustrated:

What bothers me is that there seems to be a reluctance to accept any nuance to the debate: any form of state intervention must be just one goose step away from global fascism; anyone not completely attached to the idea that there's no such thing as global warming is in bed with M. Mann, and probably helped him draw the HS. It's an attempt to impose lines over a debate which is messy, and has many dimensions. Frankly, it reminds me of the excesses of environmentalism.

The paranoids in the climate skeptic sphere are unmoved. Here's one:

He [RPJ] is very dangerous because he can speak publicly with authority although most of what he calls science is arm waving. He used some very clever presentation techniques. Very professional.

Pile gives up:

I don't see the point in all this... 'Sceptics', mirroring the worst of environmentalism. Turns out that many of them are zealots, too.

He sounds as if he just found this out.

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