Every time there is an important event relating to climate science, the disinformers try to wage a coordinated attack. This time around, the attacks on climate science have been coordinated but weak (so far). The disinformation machine has given up on outright denial that humans are causing global warming and restricting themselves to making up lies about what is written in past IPCC reports and the yet-to-be-released IPCC report. Plus throwing in a lie about a fictional IPCC event. Their argument these days has shifted from "it isn't happening" to "it's real but it won't be bad".
Australia's Prime Minister ignores science (and women)
The incoming Australian government under Tony "climate change is crap" Abbott has decided that climate change doesn't matter. He has got around his "problem" of denying science by ignoring it. He has decided to not appoint a Science Minister at all! (That's better than appointing rabid science denier Dennis Jensen I suppose.) No science Minister, no science portfolio. What are you thinking, Tony?
He's also got around his problem in regard to women - by appointing only one - out of nineteen Ministerial appointments. One! He says he's disappointed there aren't two. TWO out of NINETEEN! What about aiming for ten out of nineteen, Tony?
Leading the charge against science
The disinformation charge began with Matt Ridley with an article in the Wall St Journal. There were also two articles by David Rose in the Daily Mail (discussed here and here), which in turn were regurgitated by anti-science editor Graham Lloyd in The Australian.
There were some preliminaries. For example anti-science campaigner and blogger, Donna Laframboise, put together articles from her silly little blog and published it as a book. But that seems to have fallen flat. I've not seen much on it apart from an equally silly article on WUWT. Steve "mad, mad, mad" Goreham wrote on WUWT about a new Heartland Institute report by science deniers (an updated NIPCC report), but that didn't get much cyber-play either. Which isn't surprising given the "arguments" these "not a climate" scientists put up in the past.
Anthony Watts is trying to get mileage by blowing the lies up into a ridiculous sounding sound-byte with an empty: "the IPCC edifice is crumbling". His tweets are equally moronic. For example:
- Tweeting to Brad Johnson of Forecast the Facts: your religion just died.
- Tweeting to no-one in particular that: Amazed watching response 2 David Rose article. Warmists really DO want a catastrophe & are angry with anyone who suggests there might not be
Anthony Watts thinks climate science is a religion. He joins economist Richard Tol (here and here) and others who protest climate science is a "religion" (see HotWhopper's Law of Science Denial). And does he really think that people are pointing out his lies because they don't want the world to take action to mitigate global warming? Talk about spin!
Deniers are shifting towards science
What is interesting is that the science deniers are accepting the IPCC report. Instead of pretending it's wrong, they are misrepresenting what it contains. That could be called progress of a sort and shows that the science maybe ahead in this war being waged on it by the anti-science crowd.
The list of most prominent deniers this time around is a bit different from George Monbiot's compilation back in 2009. Some of his list have fallen by the way. The one thing this current crop seems to have in common is an ideological opposition to doing anything to mitigate global warming. They prefer a pay-after-disaster scheme, like the flood levy imposed on Australian taxpayers last year. Here are some of the events that will require a "pay-after-disaster" rather than a cheaper preventative approach:
- Colorado floods 2013
- Sandy 2012
- Heat wave in China 2013
- Alberta floods 2013
- Catastrophic fires in Victoria 2009
- Russian and Eastern European heat wave 2010
- European heat wave 2003
- Bangladesh floods
- and many more like the above all around the world.
No room for complacency
Despite the fact that disinformers are showing signs of weakening there is no room for complacency. For everyone's sake, it's important to take a strategic and multi-pronged approach to combating the people and organisations that want to destroy the world as we know it. We need to keep "demolishing disinformation" when and where we find it. Otherwise this new era of civilisation that showed such promise will be "stillborn".