I’ve had it with Forbes.
I seriously don’t know why I let their pack of nincompoops get my dander up this often.
The latest transgression comes this week from Mr. Larry Bell, infamous author of “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax.”
Bell has gathered enough loose cherries — all of them rotten — to make a pie. And in this month of George Washington’s birthday, we would be well advised to leave rotten cherry pies to the liars who can’t throw a dollar across the Potomac or cut down a cherry tree with a little axe…or some such admonition.
Bell’s thesis seems to be this:
People like Obama and sinister climatologists are trying to scare us with promises of more fires and floods and hurricanes and droughts if we don’t face climate change (we can assume he means global warming.)
…and the REAL reason the pols and grant-lusting scientists put forward an activist global warming “agenda” is that, wait for it, they want to start a New World Order!
…but there are other scientists – the real life kind who actually served on committees and write papers — who don’t buy into the manmade warming hoax.
Now, to be fair, the debate in real climate science circles on whether warming has indeed caused a statistically-observable change in hurricane intensity and other phenomena is real and ongoing, as it should be.
But Bell won’t acknowledge this “science in progress” discussion. Instead he proceeds to recite a litany of no-context quotes and anecdotes from within the great climate change machinery that refute hyperbolic claims of the sinister liberals.
The trouble is, his citations are primarily from discredited sources, or are too dated to be relevant, or are cut so narrowly from a range of sources (including the stolen “Climategate” emails) that his arguments fail.
It is interesting and predictable that Bell doesn’t offer any substance behind the assertions of the quoted players. And he makes ample use of the stolen emails, removing them far from context, to show that the community is rife with disagreement and discussion and trickery and devious schemes to isolate IPCC members who weren’t ready to sign up to the New World Order.
Never mind that the stolen emails have been scrutinized again and again with no scientific or ethical wrongdoing ever exposed. Never mind the repeated vindication of Dr. Michael Mann: Bell really sticks it to the Unholy He, Beelzebub of the Hockey Stick!
Bell reaches far back into the 80‘s and 90‘s for some of his tripe. Let me just reveal two quotes he uses to hold up his theory that dishonesty and deception hide the real agenda of massive global wealth distribution and the termination of capitalism:
“The threat of environmental crisis will be the international disaster key to unlock the New World Order.”
— Mikail Gorbachev (!), 1996
“Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.”
— Stephen Schnieder, 1989
Regrettably – but predictably – Bell leaves off Schneider’s next sentence:
“I hope that means being both.”
Mr. Bell, it seems, has decided to be neither.