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This item was posted on December 2, 2009, and it was categorized as CRU email controversy, Climate Change, Global Warming, Global warming skeptics, climate skeptics.
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The man on the left says the man in the middle shares something with the men on the right

In case you doubted whether the Climategate email controversy is mostly about science now, comments today from Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) should lay them to rest. During a House select committee meeting, he got a bit, well, creative when speaking about human-caused global warming. Here’s what he had to say, as reported by Richard Harris of NPR:

At worst, it’s junk science and it’s part of a massive international scientific fraud. And not just fraud: There’s increasing evidence of scientific fascism that’s going on.

I suppose one could argue that some of the emails evince “a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.” But just look at Sensenbrenner’s breathtaking statement. In one neat little package it encapsulates the evolution of skeptic rhetoric on climate science: what once was merely “junk” evolved into “massive fraud,” and now, prodded by Climategate, has morphed into “fascism.”

We know what’s coming next. (See photo at top right.)

But then we must ask what will come after that? Idi Amin maybe? Pol Pot possibly? Any votes for Stalin?

While we can only hope that some day we’ll get to the truth of what happened at the CRU and what it signifies, it’s clear we’re not going to get there with political eruptions like the one that splattered listeners of NPR today.

I still believe that in the end, the scientific edifice of AGW will remain standing, perhaps with a few broken windows.

I guess that makes me a fascist.

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  1. Posted December 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Tom,
    First of all, let me be the first (and probably only one) to say that you wrote a killer caption.

    As for your post, I found this to be a trenchant observation:

    “the evolution of skeptic rhetoric on climate science: what once was merely “junk” evolved into “massive fraud,” and now, prodded by Climategate, has morphed into “fascism.”

  2. Dave Thompson
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Well you should know they’ve been trying to link “Climate change deniers” to Holocaust deniers for YEARS. They even considered passing laws against saying AGW was a hoax.

  3. Posted December 8, 2009 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    And yet Sensenbrenner said this about accusations that the Bush Administration was censoring scientists for political reasons:

    “[T]he Administration is allegedly curbing Federal scientists from presenting scientific findings that are at odds with its policies. Before we start screaming “McCarthyism,” we should examine how little merit these accusations actually have.”

    Somehow the two quotes don’t really square with each other, except that they’re both politically convenient on Sensenbrenner’s part.

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