British Lord demands US Senators resign
This is fascinating. Two US Senators, Rockefeller (D-WV) and Snowe (R-Maine) have sent an open letter to the Exxon-Mobile CEO telling him to cease funding of research that may contradict human-induced climate change. In their words, they insisted that he end funding of a "climate change denial campaign."
Here is a quote from the article: "The Senators labeled scientists with whom they disagree as "deniers," a term usually directed at "Holocaust deniers." Some voices on the political left have called for the arrest and prosecution of skeptical scientists. The British Foreign Secretary has said skeptics should be treated like advocates of Islamic terror and must be denied access to the media."
Denied access to the media? Did I read that correctly? And this is the British Foreign Secretary? Think about that for a moment and let it sink in, and if you have thoughts of fascism running through your mind then you’re not alone. What part of freedom of speech does this guy not understand?
If you’ve read this blog before, then you’ve seen credible scientific evidence that contradicts the "going opinion" that humans are changing the climate. Thus, human-induced climate change is not a foregone conclusion. In truth, no one knows the truth, and anyone who claims so is simply ignorant of the facts – what little facts there are. At the very least, what we need is more research to determine if human-induced climate change is real. I think that’s in all of our best interest. So why attempt to suppress that? What are these people afraid of? This behavior does nothing but help confirm my suspicion that human-induced climate change isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, otherwise the Senators would welcome more research that would certainly support what they believe. Regardless, it’s pretty scary to think that two of our elected representatives are basically trying to bully corporations into not supporting more scientific research that could give us all more answers to this very important question. They don’t appear to be acting in the people’s best interest, and I would welcome further investigation into what these guys are up to.
Meanwhile, the British Lord Monckton calls for them to basically put up or shut up: "I challenge you to withdraw or resign because your letter is the latest in what appears to be an internationally-coordinated series of maladroit and malevolent attempts to silence the voices of scientists and others who have sound grounds, rooted firmly in the peer- reviewed scientific literature, to question what you would have us believe is the unanimous agreement of scientists worldwide that global warming will lead to what you excitedly but unjustifiably call disastrous and calamitous consequences."
Ditto that. There is no room for this kind of behavior in American politics. So I will patiently wait for the New York Times and CBS News to join Monckton in this outcry. After all, they seem to be very offended at Bush’s supposed "suppression" of evidence as of late, certainly they will take similar offense at the actions of these two Senators. But I’m not going to hold my breath.