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Environment

Rightwingers Need to Stop Claiming Me as an Ally

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyAugust 23, 2007 10:34 PM

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I just came across this nonsense from something called the Patriot Post, which dubs itself "the conservative journal of record." In the midst of a typical anti-Gore debunking of global warming, we get this:

Nonetheless, some of the most ardent global alarmists are starting to change their tune. In 2005, Chris Mooney wrote "The Republican War on Science," a thorough indictment of the GOP's attempt to discredit scientific work on climate change. When he started research for his latest book, "Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming," he assumed it would be more of the same. Then, after meeting with leading climatologists, he concluded, "There's a wide range of respectable positions here. In the end, I had to write a completely different book."

The quote here is from Wired magazine. I'm obviously referring to the hurricane-climate issue, not the basic issue of whether humans are causing global warming. I haven't changed my position on that in any way, shape, or form. Nothing like quoting out of context, eh? BY THE WAY: If you want to hear me affirm the scientific consensus on global warming--and to hear scientists on both sides of the hurricane-climate debate, Peter Webster and Chris Landsea, also confirm it--you can now listen online to the full hour segment of On Point from yesterday. Click here. In some ways my favorite part was when they had the Jamaican climate scientist on--we rarely hear that perspective, coming from a small island nation that's extremely vulnerable to hurricanes.

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