You should really read this article, by Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition (sounds very sciency, doesn’t it?)
I’ll just quote Tommy: “Was it “Titanic” that made [DiCaprio] an expert? Leonardo DiCaprio speaks at the State Department’s “Our Ocean” conference earlier this year.”
Now here’s the funny part: Tommy is nothing but a mechanical engineer–not a climate scientist. In fact, not a scientist at all.
Here’s the funnier part. The ICSC “calls itself ‘a non-partisan group of independent scientists’, but has been described as having ‘less to do with science than with public relations’. <Wikipedia>
The ICSC is in fact run by the High Park Group, a right wing lobbying firm.
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Ignorance is when you just don’t know something. Stupid is when you don’t want to know something. Evil is when you act willfully and with only self-interest against the right thing. The first can be cured with education. The second and last have no cure.
I received a reply to this post very quickly from Tom Harris, aka Captain Climate Science Denier, who was apparently a bit miffed by my critique of his latest attempt at propaganda. That alone tells me several things. The ICSC is probably using bots to scour the internet looking for critique of its activities. And that indicates what I thought: the ICSC (and Tommy himself) is a propaganda machine. But back to that later.
Tommy was quick to point out that everything in my critique was erred and my sources poor. So I looked up some of Tommy’s replies to other writers and critics. Tommy was quick to point out that all their facts were erred and their sources poor. So I looked up Tommy’s replies to some newspapers and such. Tommy was quick to point out that all their facts were erred and their sources poor.
Hmmm . . . do you see a pattern here? This style of argumentation is called obfuscation, and skipping the fancy philosophical terms for classifying argument fallacies (which nobody except philosophers bother to remember anyway), Tommy’s style of arguing is fairly simple and vapid: “Your argument is worse than my argument, so I must be right.” Of course, Tommy’s job is just seeding doubt. He doesn’t have to show proof, he only needs to seed doubt in order to keep people wondering and doing nothing as they wonder. For Tommy’s ilk, that’s a win.
Tommy seems to think I don’t understand how the game of rhetoric is played. Or he mistakes me for one with the slightest interest in debating with a person who is a con with an agenda. You see, real science doesn’t have agendas; it’s about facts. There is utterly no purpose in debating with a con with an agenda.
Tommy seems to think I care a wit about the opinion about a money-sucking corporate shill. Tommy is the Exec. Dir. of ICSC, a puppet organization of pretend scientists. (Look up his credentials–I did. He holds a masters in engineering. He’s no scientist, nor qualified in climate science in any way, yet he bills himself as a climate science expert.) The ICSC is a front for big business lobbying. (Do you smell the ilk of the Koch Brothers or some other big business interest?) And, as Tommy is going all uber-paranoid and watching for those who critique him, I think all of you should pop over to his FB page and take a look at his hobby. He reminds me of those glassy-eyed souls who knock on doors: “Hi, I’d like to talk to you about our lord Propaganda. Did you know your fiscal salvation depends on accepting him?”. And, hey, Drs and naturalists and critical thinkers, analysts and investigators, don’t take my word for it. Go ahead, check out his website. Google Tommy and the ICSC. If you happen to see any good science happening there, grab a screen shot. I was starting to feel it was as elusive as Big Foot after meandering a bit through that tanglewood of rhetoric.
Here are some links on Tommy and the ICSC. Again, don’t take my word for anything. Be a critical thinker. Screen and check for yourself:
Here’s a really great one which I’ll quote: “Tom Harris spent much of his career acting as a PR consultant for fossil fuel companies. Today he directs the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), an advocacy group closely tied to the Heartland Institute. In fact, Harris is listed as a Global Warming Expert on Heartland’s website, and spoke at their 2008 conference. However, with a background in mechanical engineering, Tom Harris is hardly qualified to comment on climate science.”
Right from the Heartland Institute:
This one below was a cute one, written by Tom Harrish himself: “Mitchell’s speculation that the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) “has a vested interest” is also unfounded. ICSC has never received financial support from corporations, foundations or governments. ICSC operates as a non-partisan, worldview neutral entity, independent of political or commercial vested interests. We will not accept donations that are contingent on ICSC promoting a point of view in favor of, or against, any philosophical, political or commercial interest. If ICSC tried to influence the public statements made by the professors and other experts we work with, they would likely resign from our advisory bodies”
The link is below, and if you believe it, go over to FaceBook and pop onto Tommy’s page and read his posts. It reads like a tabloid parody of science, and every single article is about the fallacies of climatologists and the conspiracy to address climate change.