Friday, June 9, 2017

Eric Worrall denounces criticism of Trump, who he knows little about

Sou | 4:27 PM Go to the first of 7 comments. Add a comment
I just noticed an article at WUWT by Eric "eugenics" Worrall (archived here). This is someone who for years likened climate scientists to eugenicists. He's a bit upset at Jeffrey D. Sachs, who wrote a strongly worded piece denouncing Trump for pulling out of the Paris agreement. Eric, who is a Brit now living in Australia, was quite irate and keen to show off his double standards.

What I think upset Eric the most was when Sachs wrote that Trump's actions were anti-society. I think it was the word "sociopathic" that he regarded as "hate speech", not so much the "willfully inflicting harm" part:
President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement is not just dangerous for the world; it is also sociopathic. Without remorse, Trump is willfully inflicting harm on others. 
(It's telling that climate science disinformers regard their audience as being so illiterate that they don't come up with any alternative to "hate" as a word to describe opposition to their efforts to ruin the world.)

Eric also didn't like this suggestion from Sachs:
The next human-caused climate disasters should be named Typhoon Donald, Superstorm Ivanka, and Megaflood Jared. The world will not forget. 

Remember, this outcry is on a blog where the mission is to ridicule scientists, reject their work and make false allegations of fraud and fakery.

The facts are not at issue this time

What Eric didn't seem to object to were these sections of Jeffrey Sach's article. I say that because he didn't copy and paste them or refer to them in any way:
After Trump claimed to be representing “Pittsburgh, not Paris,” the mayor of Pittsburgh immediately declared that Trump certainly is not representing his city. In fact, Pittsburgh has made the transition from a polluted, heavy industrial economy to an advanced, clean-tech economy. And it is home to Carnegie Mellon University, one of the world’s great centers of innovation in information technologies that can promote the transition to zero-carbon, high-efficiency, equitable, and sustainable growth – or, more simply, an economy that is “smart, fair, and sustainable.”
...Consider the most recent data for the year 2014 from the International Energy Agency’s Energy Statistics 2016. The world’s CO2 emissions from energy and industry averaged 4.5 tons per person (32.4 billion tons per 7.2 billion people in the IEA tabulation), while US emissions were nearly four times that level, 16.2 tons per person (5.2 billion tons for 320 million people). Trump carries on about the Paris agreement’s supposed bias in favor of India, but fails to acknowledge that India’s per capita emissions are 1.6 tons, just one-tenth of the US level.
There are other informative parts of the Sach's article, too.

Eric Worrall appears to think Donald Trump is married to his daughter

The weirdest thing of all is that Eric appears to know very little about the man whose so-called honour he is defending. Trump is the same man who lies as a matter of course. A man who prides himself on his sexual abuse of women.

Eric had to correct his article because he initially wrote that Jared Kushner was Trump's son. He hasn't yet corrected his error of thinking Ivanka Trump is Donald Trump's wife! (There are some who wouldn't blame him for that mistake.)

In his "corrected" version, Eric wrote (my emphasis):
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network has accused President Trump of being a sociopath, while at the same time directing hate speech towards President Trump’s wife and son in law Jared.

Jeffrey Sachs didn't mention Melania, he only mentioned Ivanka :D

From the WUWT comments

Naturally enough, in the comments many people were trying very hard to restrain themselves from their usual rank comments. Still, a number of people made some effort to outdo Jeffrey Sach's "hate speech". Logoswrench proffered this thought:
June 8, 2017 at 5:58 pm
The utter arroganc, of these bloviating wealth redistributing, poor people killing, bureaucratic jackasses is simply amazing.

Merovign's thought was a weak:
June 8, 2017 at 7:22 pm
Only the best and the brightest 7-year-old spoiled brats at the UN!
Human-caused climate disaster? Whatever, punk.

Neo went for a leach of a retort:
June 8, 2017 at 7:43 pm
As if “rent seeking” leaches aren’t bad enough at the national level, this leach wants to suck on the international teat. 

PaulH decided on imitation, the sincerest form of flattery:
June 8, 2017 at 5:44 pm
Let’s call the next war not prevented by the UN “The War of Sachs”
Let’s call the next famine not prevented by the UN “The Sachs Famine”
Let’s call the next refuge crisis not solved by the UN “The Sachs Refuge Crisis”


  1. WUWT is branching out from science denial into broader reality denial. If Trump is impeached we can look forward to conspiracy theories as to who is behind his downfall.

    1. I wonder why Eric hasn't posted anything about his home country's election? (Not really.) Not that he'd have had much to rejoice even if May had won outright, I suppose. Every country except the USA (and Syria and Nicaragua) is still signed up to the Paris agreement.

      Even though Donald Trump's own situation is getting worse by the day, the GOP still have the majority and can continue to wreak havoc there (and elsewhere). Plus, it's the mad emperor who has the nuclear codes.

    2. The bit that interests me most atm. is not the Trump/Russia relationship but the Tillerson/Russia relationship. We have the Climategate hack which fits the Russian hacking modus operandi, we have Tillerson in a close relationship with the Russian Petrostate, we have Tillerson's Exxon funding climate change deniers who made Climategate into a thing.

      And that comes rather close to home. What was WUWT originally set up to do?

    3. It will be the UN, of course - the One World Government.

    4. Originally, from what I see from the earliest articles, Anthony set up WUWT to compensate for him losing a local school board election. I think, but I'm not certain, it was around the same time he got sacked from his television weather spot.

      He started out blogging about playstation and xbox or similar, and how he couldn't fathom new Windows versions etc. I think he fancied himself as a geek, but he isn't (and wasn't).

      Then he stumbled on weather stations and was discovered by Roger Pielke Sr (correct me if I'm wrong). He found minor fame as a science disputer at that point, and was still able to get actual scientists to relate with him. Then he found the stolen emails and his blog took off. At the same time, he found it much more lucrative to libel scientists than to engage with them. So most scientists stopped taking any notice of him at that point, seeing him for who he really is.

      It's only recently that he's devolved into a full-blown greenhouse effect denier. He used to ban "slayers" from his blog, but now that's about all he has left. If it wasn't for the utter nutter climate "hoax" conspiracy theorists, he'd not have much of a following.

    5. I should add that apart from climate bloggers and deniers, few people have heard of WUWT or Anthony Watts, climate disinformer. Most climate scientists wouldn't know who he is. His circle of influence is not large, despite his blog having lots of hits. It mostly exists in isolation from the rest of the world, confined to the wacky world of denialism.

    6. As usual, Millicent hits the mark. This is *very* interesting viewing. Massive conflict of interest for Tillerson. And like... Tillerson has no Exxon shares? :-)


      A bit slow to take off, but stick with it. Compulsive viewing.


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