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September 18, 2006
Democrats Intimidating Opposing Points of View
Here is a little more irony from our friends at the Washington Post.
At first I thought this was going to be a rehash of the false story spread around last January and Febraury accusing the Bush administration of silencing NASA Climatologist and political activist James Hansen. Instead this story recounts the actions of newly minted Virginia Governor, Democrat Tim Kaine getting out his jackboots to shut down Patrick J. Michaels, the Virginia state climatologist and prominent global warming skeptic.
The silencing Hansen story was part of Al Gore's global warming propaganda tour. Hansen got so much major media time the charge was beyond laughable. The New York Times did at least two stories. The very same Juliet Eilperin spun it out for the Post, and NPR did a set piece based on the Times and Post stories.
Without any sense of irony or any reference to her previous story, Eilperin denigrates Patrick J. Michaels, the Virginia state climatologist, suggesting his contrary views on global warming is mere moonlighting. Here is how she describes him:
Well let's see now, how can we muddle this man's credentials? Ok, blurr the lines, diminish his stature. Got it, a cross between a meteorologist and a librarian, that it'll do it.
Imagine that, on the state payroll and paid to answer esoteric questions. Sure sounds like pork barrel spending to me. But don't be alarmed, nobody dislikes him. So what is Michael's crime? Eilperin cuts right to chase,
I thought President Bush was the one trying to suppress the scientists.
Ms. Eilperin then surveys various state climate agencies and explains that these previously obscure bureaucrats are now at the center of the global warming debate.
She is herself uncomfortable with this function being handled by the states. What she calls "a loose, irregular system"
To her credit Ms. Eilperin, shares some important observation regarding the politicization of global warming citing controversies in several states as climatologists have taken public stances on global warming that differ from those of the politicians running their states.
Of course, this directly contradicts Al Gore's claim that all scientists have bought into his global warming orthodoxy. Naturally, Eilperin can't allow this to be last word, and in the standard "to be sure" paragraph she give the warming evangelists their platform:
She quotes Jane Lubchenco, a marine biologist at Oregon State University:
In other words, she can't believe the gall of these heretics. These global warming promoters are downright theological about this.
Eilperin wraps up with a detailed history of Michaels' background, giving his critics ample opportunity to undercut his credibility. Making sure to note he was appointed by a Republican. In spite of her best efforts, it was very challenging to knock down someone as highly regarded as Michaels. Not one to give up easily, she employs loaded adjectives like "fiery" yet she concedes that he is a frequently quoted global—warming doubter undercutting the "moonlighting" meme. She cites Michael's paper for the Cato Institute "Is the Sky Really Falling? A Review of Recent Global Warming Scare Stories." In full water carrying mode, Eilperin writes that when Michaels is quoted as a state climatologist
Not wanting to rely on her own conclusions, she trots out Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change:
Eilperin saves the money shot for last:
In spite of Ms. Eilperin's obvious biases, we do learn some interesting facts about how Democrats treat those that disagree with their global warming dogma. She details the conduct of the Kaine administration:
This campaign against Michaels sounds like something Moveon.org would accuse President Bush of. Now, who's hostile to "science"
She ends with a half—hearted defense of Michaels quoting Mark Shafer, the director of climate information at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey:
"He has a 25+ year record of climate services to the people of Virginia and provides a lot more services that do not get the press of his research." Pretty tepid.
Christopher Alleva 9 18 06