Chickens leading the sheep …

In the March 2nd issue of Climate Realists, James M. Taylor tells us that “Warmists Display Cowardice and Hypocrisy In Avoiding Global Warming Debate”. Imagine that!

“When Hall of fame baseball pitcher Randy Johnson took the mound during his prime,” Mr. Taylor begins, “he was known as The Walking Infirmary. Johnson was one of the hardest throwing pitchers in baseball history, throwing a blistering fastball that frequently topped 100 mph. To make a point, he would often throw his fastball right at hitters’ heads. He complemented his fastball with a knee-buckling slider that left-handed hitters were sure was going to put them in the hospital ward before it curved away from their heads and darted over the plate. At 6 feet 10 inches tall and frequently wearing a nasty scowl on his face, Johnson was every bit intimidating in appearance as his pitches were intimidating in effectiveness. When Randy Johnson took the mound, hitters on opposing teams coincidentally came up with all sorts of excuses to stay at home or on the bench.

“For example, late last month global warming alarmist Bill Nye – who proclaims himself ‘The Science Guy’ – was scheduled to debate skeptic Marc Morano on a nationally televised segment of CNN. One would expect that a person who believes the science is on his side would relish the opportunity to participate in, and decisively win, a nationally televised debate. At the last minute, however, Nye cowardly backed out. Nye didn’t even give Morano the courtesy of advanced notice of his cowardice, with the CNN producer giving Morano only six minutes advance notice that Nye would not participate.

“Similarly, prominent global warming alarmist Michael Mann gave a presentation last month at publicly-funded Valencia College near Orlando, Florida. Although Mann has repeatedly chickened out of appearing in venues in which alarmists and skeptics can examine and question each other’s assertions, Mann was all too happy to travel to Florida (presumably at Florida Taxpayers’ expense) to speak at an event in which he alone controlled the message.

“That being said, it is hard to blame the alarmists for their fear of public discussion and debate; every time they attempt to debate the science, they end up getting smoked. Given what happened the last time there was a debate in Florida regarding global warming, who can blame Michael Mann for for seeking to avoid the same embarrassment suffered by his brother-in-arms, Ray Bellamy? Even though Bellamy is a trained presenter for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, all the Gore training and Hollywood gimmicks in the world couldn’t save him from the overwhelming verdict of science. No wonder why Michael Mann flies solo in his global warming presentations.

“To the limited extent that alarmists do venture into the world of interactive discussion and debate, their arguments are tarnished with the unmistakable odor of hypocrisy.

“When the Sierra Club’s Michael Brune filled in for ‘The Coward Guy’ Bill Nye in the CNN segment, he decided his best line of attack was to smear Marc Morano by claiming Morano must be funded by the fossil fuel industry.

“Incredibly, Brune made this argument after the Sierra Club accepted $ 26 million from fossil fuel company Chesapeake Energy. Notably, Al Gore Climate Reality Project presenter Ray Bellamy attempted a similar smear in his Tallahassee, Florida debate just days after Gore sold his Current TV to fossil-fuel funded Al Jazeera for $ 500 million. And Michael Mann will attack a skeptical scientist as being ‘valueless’ and serving as a ‘hired gun’ when he himself gets rich off his high-profile alarmism, charging as much as $ 10,000 plus travel expenses for a single talk.

“Why do global alarmists come up with all sorts of excuses to avoid participating in interactive public discussion and debate? The answer is simple; they have learned that if they do, they will wind up like helpless bird caught in the path of a blazing Randy Johnson fastball.” –

And two of the followup comments from sensible folks who, no doubt, were excluded from public discussion and debate, are just as direct as James Taylor’s article is:

– “Let me see if I’ve got this right,” said a puzzled Mr. Worrall in the first comment.”

1. “Al Gore receives millions from big oil for his share of the payment for his failing cable TV station.

2. “Al Gore is stridently campaigning against Keystone.

3. “The Middle Eastern oil interests who stumped up the money for Al stand to lose $ 27 billion+ per year if Keystone goes ahead.

” … Nothing to see here, folks, move along.” –

– And in the second; “I wonder what those who claim to be environmentally conscious really believe in. To a man they use electricity, cars and all the rest of those inventions that have freed life from the endless drudgery of past times. Are they serious in thinking that somehow it is possible to recreate what has gone, a supposedly golden era? Clearly they are ignorant of what life has been before a million or more ideas and decades and decades of practical effort conquered the backbreaking toil of our forefathers. We are so fortunate in our daily lives today. Not only are supermarkets full of every kind of food you could wish for all the time, but efficient personal and public transport can take us anywhere we want to go. On top of that we have the advances of healthcare that allow more people than ever to live a decent life despite the threats that once killed millions in the routine of different epidemics.

“To be honest, the so-called green agenda is nothing more than a parade of drivel advanced by stupid people who have no idea what life would be like if their ideas were adopted. I am all for concerns for the planet and our impact on it, yet one of the few ideas that will reduce our footprint – the use of a nuclear process of some kind – is consistently opposed. Truly, the world is dominated by the ignorant and the foolish. – (Anonymous)” –

Two rare but truly sensible observations – and further proof that the majority being dominated are as ignorant and as foolish as those doing the dominating.