Willis Eschenbach is one of the sleazier climate disinformers who tells lies quite freely at WUWT (and is a shameless misogynist). Most of the time he pretends to be a "scientist" who is "just wondering" about something or other. He seems to think he was the first to discover the mechanisms of thunderstorms, for example, which is pretty weird. I mean this has probably been part of Meteorology 101 going way back before Willis was a twinkle in his father's eye.
|Sleazy pseudo-scientist - Willis Eschenbach|
Other times (and often at the same time) he loses his cool and lashes out and all and sundry. That's when he brazenly outs himself as a committed liar. Willis has a very short fuse.
Today he ventured beyond the pale, even for a creep like him. He was complaining about an article in Scientific American: The 9 Best Reactions to the House Science Committee’s Breitbart Tweet. He effectively said he no longer reads SciAm much because it isn't anti-science.
But that's not what I want to write about. That's the norm at the fake science blog, WUWT.
Disgusting untrue defamation
What I was much more disgusted with were the lies he told about the renowned scientist Peter Gleick. Willis told several big whoppers. He falsely claimed that Peter Gleick "was forced to quit his job in disgrace". Which is an outright lie. This is what he was referring to - a transition, four years after the incident with the Heartland Institute and completely unrelated. Willis might as well claim that Obama is resigning from the Presidency because he failed the American people.
Then Willis claimed that Dr Gleick "never did say one word of contrition for his actions". Another huge lie. Here is part of what Peter Gleick wrote after he helped expose the extent Heartland Institute's funding of science disinformation. It includes his apology:
I will not comment on the substance or implications of the materials; others have and are doing so. I only note that the scientific understanding of the reality and risks of climate change is strong, compelling, and increasingly disturbing, and a rational public debate is desperately needed. My judgment was blinded by my frustration with the ongoing efforts — often anonymous, well-funded, and coordinated — to attack climate science and scientists and prevent this debate, and by the lack of transparency of the organizations involved. Nevertheless I deeply regret my own actions in this case. I offer my personal apologies to all those affected.
Why is it that despicable people like Willis Eschenbach tell such outrageous lies about scientists? Is it because they think it makes them look big and important?
Some would call it projection. Here is something Willis wrote in the same article - a reference to vampires and a declaration that Willis is a hard core climate conspiracy nutter. (I don't believe it. IMO he's turned into a full time disinformer pandering to climate conspiracy nutters. He thinks the nutters are going to reign supreme now that Trump has been elected as the nutter President.):
What do we have to do to rid the climate science field of these crooks? Does it take an oak stake through the heart at the crossroads at midnight to keep people like Peter Gleick from springing to life again? In any other field, committing scientific forgery and mail fraud to advance your bogus scientific claims would get you laughed out of town, if not ridden out on a rail … but in climate “science” it gets you an honorable mention in “Scientific” American and an invite to chair an AGU session. Go figure.I don't have time for more - but feel free to say what you think about this, or about what has become fashionable these days - the making up of stuff. It's got so bad that someone shot up a pizza place in Washington because of a revolting lie that's been circulating on the internet.
Deniers and disinformers have been doing this for years. Now that it's gone mainstream, who knows what horrible thing will happen next - and where?
PS At times I am so utterly disgusted by the aberrant behaviour of people at WUWT that I'm tempted to ignore them. Then I think about what has been happening these past few months, with the lies that led to Brexit and Trump, and the hate, racism, white male supremacy, homophobia, misogyny that seems to be taking over the world. I realise we must take a stand against it - not just for the sake of common decency, but to stop the world falling into complete chaos, taken over by barbaric ignorance-loving rabble.