Extreme Case Of Climate Change Denial Highlights Dishonesty And Irrationality Of Right Wing

Global warming deniers, faced with the problem of having all the scientific evidence against them, must resort to all types of distortions to promote the arguments planted by the petroleum industry to attack the science. Their new series of billboards shows how desperate they are. The billboards from the Heartland Institute attempt to disparage those who accept the science of climate change with signs such as the one above. They point out utterly irrelevant claims that people such as Ted Kaczynski,  Charles Manson,and Fidel Castro believe in global warming, suggesting that those who believe in global warming are like these mass murders. They deny the fact that 97 percent of scientists in the field do believe that  global warming is caused by human action. They even  bring up the fake Climategate claims even though five separate investigations have exonerated the investigators who were accused of falsifying data by right wing pawns of the petroleum industry.

They are even considering more bill boards of this type:

The billboard series features Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber; Charles Manson, a mass murderer; and Fidel Castro, a tyrant. Other global warming alarmists who may appear on future billboards include Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee (who took hostages inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in 2010).

Andrew Sullivan used this as an example of what the right has become:

In some ways, this is an almost perfect illustration of what has happened to the “right.” A refusal to acknowledge scientific reality; and a brutalist style of public propaganda that focuses entirely on guilt by the most extreme association…

Large sections of the American right are now close to insane as well as depraved. And there is no Buckley to rein them in. Just countless Jonah Goldbergs seeking to cash in.

 

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5 Comments

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    Shay says:

    "@RonChusid: Extreme Case Of Climate Change Denial Hightlights Dishonesty And Irrationality Of Right Wing #p2 #p21 http://t.co/mttxZ4bW"

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    Leslie Parsley says:

    The usual GOP fear-factor based on mythology. They really are going over the cliff and trying to take the country with them. Here’s a link to an article about how the WSJ handles the climate issue.

    http://adviceyoudidntseek.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/1078/

    Feels kind of weird actually commenting on your blog.

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    Gaius Sempronius Gracchus says:

    Buckley never reined anybody in.

    He was as much a vicious crackpot as the rest of them.

    But he had his own TV show on which he oozed literacy and class and so he fooled people.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Buckley had many faults but he did rein in aspects of the right wing which were even more extreme than him, such as keeping the Birchers out of the conservative movement. Today the Bircher mentality dominates the movement.

  5. 5
    Ron Chusid says:

    Leslie,

    Remember there a time before most of the discussion moved to Facebook that all your comments to my posts were directly on the blog.

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