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June 11, 2007

Alexander Cockburn Attacks Global Warming Hoax From the Left

The Nation moonbat Alexander Cockburn is still at it, blowing holes in the global warming hoax. Via The Australian:

We should never be more vigilant than at the moment a new dogma is being installed. The claque endorsing what is now dignified as "the mainstream theory" of global warming stretches all the way from radical greens through Al Gore to George W. Bush, who signed on at the end of May. The Left has been swept along, entranced by the allure of weather as revolutionary agent, naively conceiving of global warming as a crisis that will force radical social changes on capitalism.
Alas for their illusions. Capitalism is ingesting global warming as happily as a python swallowing a piglet. The press, which thrives on fear-mongering, promotes the non-existent threat as vigorously as it did the imminence of Soviet attack during the Cold War, in concert with the arms industry. There's money to be made, and so, as Talleyrand said, "Enrich yourselves!"
The marquee slogan in the new cold war on global warming is that the scientific consensus is virtually unanimous. This is utterly false. The overwhelming majority of climate computer modellers, the beneficiaries of the $2 billion-a-year global warming grant industry, certainly believe in it but not necessarily most real climate scientists — people qualified in atmospheric physics, climatology and meteorology. Geologists are particularly sceptical.
Take Warsaw-based professor Zbigniew Jaworowski, famous for his critiques of ice-core data. He's devastating on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change rallying cry that CO2 is higher now than it has ever been over the past 650,000 years … Or take Habibullo Abdussamatov, of St Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory. He says we're on a warming trend but that humans have little to do with it, the agent being a long-time change in the sun's heat. He says solar irradiance will fall within the next few years and we may face an ice age … Now read Jeffrey Glassman, applied physicist and engineer, retired from California's academic and corporate sectors, who provides an elegant demonstration of how the CO2 solubility pump in the Earth's oceans controls atmospheric CO2 concentrations, and how the increase in atmospheric CO2 is the consequence of temperature increase …

Somebody get a rope around this guy before he wanders completely off the liberal reservation.

Cockburn: Still not drinking any global warming Kool-Aid.

Posted by Van Helsing at June 11, 2007 9:21 AM


I remember this guy - what a name COCKburn... OUCH!

Alot of good points, though I do have to disagree with his equating Global Warming with the very real possibility of all out nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Nuclear war would probably not be intentional but accidental - devastating nonetheless. Where as Global Warming is 95% hysteria 5% natural changes we can do little about (short of erecting giant solar shades to reduce the amount of sunlight striking the Earth)

Posted by: Anonymous at June 11, 2007 9:46 AM

Anyone notice how this guy can walk through life lookng at the world through his LEFT eye only?

No balance.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 11, 2007 10:27 AM

While the spelling of his name may raise chuckles, the pronunciation is "coh-burn."

What I have to wonder is, why this guy still has a job at The Nation?

Posted by: Pam at June 11, 2007 11:40 AM

Is it global warming that he is on about or is he sidling in the back door with a rant about capitalists making a dollar on the hysteria?

Posted by: jev2000 at June 11, 2007 12:17 PM

If he is jev2000, it's a jab at the LEFTIES since they are the ones who started the hysteria.

Posted by: KHarn at June 11, 2007 12:57 PM

what's most hilarious is that most of you can't even figure out what the guy's talking about. You can't even tell if he's "on your side" or not. Priceless.

The way I read it, you should be quite happy with what he's saying even if he is equating the global warming campagin to the hysterical American anti-Soviet propoganda of the 70's and 80's. You can't have it all, can you?

Posted by: westerberg at June 11, 2007 2:05 PM

The Left has been swept along...

"Swept along"? Is he kidding? This is their deal - they're driving the hybrid bus. He must really doubt global warming, since he's already positioning leftists as innocent dupes.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at June 11, 2007 2:06 PM

I can never figure out what the guy is saying, maybe if he opened both eyes? I don't know.

Posted by: jev2000 at June 11, 2007 6:48 PM

Good analysis.

Gotta give credit where credit is due... even if he's a moonbat. At least he's getting it right on this issue.

Posted by: MoleOnABull at June 11, 2007 7:47 PM


It's 'Westerberg'!

He's been pwned off the 'net a few times, and even managed to get someone who was thoroughly disgusted by his circular argument, bomb-tossing, and sheer spiteful bitterness, to quit blogging.

Here is someone who will adapt ANY position, as long as it's the contrary one.

Posted by: Darth Bacon at June 12, 2007 3:21 AM


According to this article, for which the URL is posted below, it was PM Margaret Thatcher (and her advisors) that brought a previously-obscure hypothesis to the world's attention, for political reasons.

The Lefties were just really good at co-opting this paradigm for their own uses.

Posted by: joe-6-pack at June 12, 2007 7:40 AM

Maggie T wanted to break the coal unions that had a strangle hold on the British economy, she found a motherhood issue in GW and used it politically to do just that. It worked, they switched to gas and saved lots of CO2 credits in the bargain. Unfortunately their gas reserves are not all that big so coal might start to look really good again.

That will piss off the rest of the Eropeans that are counting on England and Germany for all of their CO2 reductions while the rest of them increase thier CO2 output faster than the US is increasing.

But as we know CO2 is a bit player so its all just arm waving anyway.

Posted by: jev2000 at June 12, 2007 8:02 AM