Climate Skeptics Roast Gore On Global Warming
Skeptics, you say? As in rational thinkers who evaluate evidence? I better read this . . .
Al Gore, who won the Nobel Peace Prize and an Oscar for his environmental advocacy, was the main target on Monday at a conference of dissident scientists skeptical of his views on global warming.
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"Whether we like it or not, it was extremely effective propaganda," said Timothy Ball, an environmental consultant and former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg.
"It was appropriate that he got an Oscar from the land of make-believe," he joked.
Never let it be said that Timothy Ball doesn't have a keen sense of humor.
The gathering was sponsored by the Heartland Institute, a non-profit libertarian organization that studies environmental and other issues "from a free-market perspective" and argues that "property rights and markets do a better job than government bureaucracies."
Hey, wait -- for some reason I'm beginning to question the objectivity of these "skeptics." Maybe it's just paranoia, but that bit about the Heartland Institute's political bias would seem to cast its "environmental consultant's" skepticism in doubt. I'd even go so far as to suggest -- cautiously, of course -- that Ball and his friends have an ideological ax to grind that has less to do with science and more to do with . . . oh, hell, you know what I'm getting at.
Attendees watched a movie, "A Climate of Fear," by conservative TV commentator Glenn Beck, who charged that anyone who opposes the view that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are causing the earth to warm up, are branded "heretics or Nazis."
"Nazis," huh? Geez. That's a little harsh. Border-line crackpot, in fact. But I shouldn't be saying that because that would imply that I was a Nazi. (This Glenn Beck character plays a mean game.)