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Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed, by Christopher C. Horner, Regnery Publishing, Inc.: 2008.
“It was spring. Young men’s hearts turned to fancy. And Greenpeace started stealing my trash.
I noticed that my garbage was getting collected much more efficiently than normal—and late the night before it was scheduled to go. I also noticed that soon, the media revealed a secret cabal I orchestrated from my basement. At least, that’s how London’s left-wing Guardian wrote the story, cobbled together from unrelated, offal-smeared pages plucked from my refuse.”
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“Soon, European Greenpeace franchises were issuing press releases in German about who had lunch with me in Brussels, and spinning phony tales to Spanish newspapers of secret meetings I supposedly had with pretty much anyone they found problematic.
I had arrived. If they would spend so much energy to, well, trash me, I must be important, right?
But I soon learned from others that this is standard operating procedure for the global warming industry—which regularly does much worse things. They have tried to ruin careers, blacklisted scientists, knowingly spread lies about dissenters, called for the imprisonment of skeptics, and used government pressure to cut off rivals’ funding. One scientist has had the lug nuts on his wheels secretly loosened when publicly voicing his rejection of climate orthodoxy. Threats now regularly issue against individuals and the broader idea of free thought and expression.”
In his 2007 book, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism,” Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI’s) Chris Horner took something of a mocking tone. Think of an analyst in a candy shop of tasty falsifications: so many fabrications of history and weather science to share with readers; such risible posturings by politicians to point out; such transparent attempts by warming advocates to bully skeptical experts; such wrongheaded policy recommendations to expose. Seen through Horner’s talented eye, so many opportunities to expose them.
Horner is every bit as witty in his just-released “Red Hot Lies,” a well-documented exploration of the structure, tactics, and allies of the global warming movement. As he says of his subject, “It is an amazing story, one which I take great pleasure in exploring, and exposing.”
But Horner’s tone has become more somber. While his spirits remain indomitable, the fight seems to have grown more serious and, well, personal.
Horner first describes the “establishment media organs” which, he says, “go to mind-bending lengths to carry water for the alarmist industry of which they clearly are now part.”
Horner gives us one of his examples: Last April 4, BBC News environmental analyst Roger Harrabin bent to email pressure from Jo Abbess of the Campaign Against Climate Change and completely revised the point of his just-posted internet story originally titled, “Global Temperatures ‘to decrease.’” Horner declares that media giants such as the Washington Post, News York Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and the Weather Channel have relinquished objectivity to kiss the warming ring.
Horner recounts “alarmist scare tactics, demonization, and threats.” The climate change alarmists, he writes, brand the climate rationalists as “deniers” (as in Holocaust deniers), fleshing out the analogy with public calls for war-crimes-like trials of the rationalists. Dissenters from alarmist orthodoxy are smeared as moral monsters in the pay of Big Energy, while, ironically, much more funding–more than $5 billion per year, supports the global-warming industry.
Horner explains that “interrelationships between the environmental pressure groups, activist academia, professional associations, and governmental institutions” have formed a climate-alarmist “establishment.”
Venerable publicly-funded science organizations such as the National Academy of Science, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NSF’s National Center for Atmospheric Research, and NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory have been “politicized” and “entwine their environmental activism” with private groups such as Environmental Defense, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, and the American Meteorological Society, according to Horner.
Horner recounts how the reach of his own speech was effectively reduced by this anti-free-expression cabal —
“One day, while being interviewed on a cable news show about my 2007 book,The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism, the host mentioned that I was coming out of Charlottesville. For more than two years prior to this, since relocating my family outside of Washington, I had been using the University of Virginia’s television facilities without incident. The school holds itself out for the purpose and does well financially by it.
However, after that on-air revelation, the school suddenly refused request after request by the networks to rent its broadcast facilities to shows seeking to interview me. I suspect that one phone call led to others expressing umbrage that the university—Mr. Jefferson’s university, a public institution—would enable such incorrect speech.”
At the end of “Red Hot Lies,” Horner steps back to sum up the meaning of the stories he tells —
“As I discovered writing this book, a school denying me access to its broadcast facilities was child’s play compared to the depths to which so many now willingly sink, including calls for imprisonment, violence and even death for the supposed ‘crime’—though, in fact, heresy—of refusing to accept a dogma that stands on the weakest of premises.
These changing norms of behavior we are witnessing are in the cause of an ideological and political agenda threatening great cost to our individual and economic liberties. That doesn’t seem to matter. It is clear that dissent can no longer be tolerated, and no one is above using their position—be it academic, governmental, political or otherwise—to stifle thought that frightens them or threatens to upset the gravy train.”
Next year? Horner warns —
“As the United States prepares to inaugurate a president vocally in thrall to the global warming alarmist agenda, the question confronting us is what we are willing to do,in response, to fight back.”
Christopher Horner is particularly dismayed at the politicization of environmental education for children. He points out how the climate-alarmist movement uses what can only be called school indoctrination, mobilizing children’s “pester power” against hapless parents today, and fostering the development of Euro-style “climate cops” to pressure friends and neighbors tomorrow.
One pressing question for Maryland and Virginia conservatives should be how we combat such taxpayer-funded abuse of children’s minds and hearts.
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UPDATE DECEMBER 30! “The Tyranny Gene.” A faithful reader gives us his perspective on environmental extremism —
“A long-term approach to lessen the death grip of indoctrination that the government schools have on our youth is a key issue, not only for the climate Nazi but also for the anti-Christian humanist, and others who hate freedom.
These people are truly convinced that they can make better decisions then the ordinary common citizen. While they mouth platitudes about being the representatives of the ‘common man’ they, in fact, detest the ‘common man,’ and anyone else who disagrees with them.
School choice options like charter schools are only a stepping stone in the war to roll back the statist power that is consuming us.It will be a long term fight.In fact there may be no real end, because man is not perfectible. He carries,if only in latent form, the tyranny gene. And it can be activated by almost any excuse.
Our job is to fight the good fight now–as we live our lives.We must examine our consciences every day, question and examine everything. Continue our never-ending quest to find better methods and systems to help people make better choices.”
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