Everyone is in agreement that everyone is in agreement. Salon:
10,883 Out Of 10,885 Scientific Articles Agree: Global Warming Is Happening, And Humans Are To Blame
What? There's two articles that don't toe the party line? Who wrote them? Where do they live? How did they slip through the crack peer-review perimeter security?
If you see these highly dangerous individuals, don't approach them. Instead, call the SWAT team. Gawker:
Arrest Climate-Change Deniers
That's Adam Weinstein, and he means it:
Man-made climate change happens. Man-made climate change kills a lot of people. It's going to kill a lot more. We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people's deaths. It's time to punish the climate-change liars...
Those malcontents must be punished and stopped.
Deniers will, of course, fuss and stomp and beat their breasts and claim this is persecution, this is a violation of free speech. Of course, they already say that now, when judges force them into doing penance for comparing climate scientists to child-rapist and denial poster-boy Jerry Sandusky.
Actually, only one scientist - Michael E Mann - was compared to "denial poster-boy Jerry Sandusky", because they were both employed, investigated and exonerated by the same corrupt institution. But Weinstein has had it with this free-speech rubbish:
First Amendment rights have never been absolute. You still can't yell "fire" in a crowded theater. You shouldn't be able to yell "balderdash" at 10,883 scientific journal articles a year.
If you hear someone yelling "Balderdash!" or even "Codswallop!" at a peer-reviewed paper in The Journal of Climate Conformism, back away slowly without making eye contact, and call the Capitol Hill police:
A reporter has been detained by Capitol Hill police for trying to ask a question of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy. [Bloomberg's Ari Natter] was detained while covering the American Council On Renewable Energy conference, where McCarthy spoke...
Natter was eventually let go after police checked with their superiors and ran a background check on the reporter, determining he had the proper press credentials.
Phew! For a moment, it looked as if some uncredentialed denialist had slipped through the net to threaten the Chief Commissar of the Environment. Unfortunately, a denialist did slip through onto the new website of statistical wonderboy Nate Silver. It was the notorious Roger Pielke Jr, and the ever-alert Michael E Mann was quick to denounce Silver's new venture as "yet another outlet for misinformation". Mann's fellow self-conferred Nobel Laureate Kevin Trenberth also disparaged Pielke's work. Instead of skulking away in shame, the rabid denialist Pielke launched a vicious personal attack on the two climate heroes:
Two prominent climate scientists say Roger Pielke Jr., a controversial writer at Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight site, sent emails threatening possible legal action in response to their criticism of his findings for the data-driven news site.
Pielke says it's "ridiculous" to characterize the emails as threats against Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, and Dr. Kevin Trenberth, a distinguished senior climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. FiveThirtyEight, however, apologized to both men.
Dr Mann declined to release the email, as is his custom. But he did say it contained a thinly veiled threat of legal action. Is this what the world is coming to? What sort of scientist goes around issuing legal threats to anyone who disagrees with him? Fellow self-garlanded Nobel Prize winner Dr Trenberth did, however, make public the text of his own threatening email from Pielke. Its ugly viciousness may shock you:
"Once again, I am formally asking you for a public correction and apology," Pielke wrote to Trenberth and his bosses. "If that is not forthcoming I will be pursuing this further. More generally, in the future how about we agree to disagree over scientific topics like gentlemen?"
Agree to disagree like gentlemen? If that's not shouting "Balderdash!" at a crowded peer-reviewed production of Les Warmerables, I don't know what is. These malcontents must be punished and stopped.
Everyone is in agreement that there must be no disagreement. Everyone knows climate change will kill millions of people. Just ask Dr Mann's fellow IPCC author, Richard Tol:
Less cold winters may mean fewer deaths among the elderly, and crops may grow better in some regions.
Fewer deaths among the elderly? We'll just have to make up for it with more beheadings of deniers.