Ethel C. Fenig
December 20, 2009
In the religion of AGW, Human Caused Global Warming, if facts don’t fit the theology, the facts must change, not the theology.
Amazingly, it is easy to change the facts to fit the desired thesis; easier than deliberately altering an experiment. Writing in the Financial Post, Lawrence Solomon reports how a Green Party activist, a fervent believer in global warming, was troubled by the existence of evidence that previous global warming had occurred 1000 years ago during the Middle Ages, a time of human blossoming, increased food supply and better living after the cold, aptly named Dark Ages.
What to do? Change his high priestly role in the religion of Global Warming? Nope. All he had to do was rewrite the facts as they existed in Wikipedia, the online user written encyclopedia.
Facts didn’t validate the theology of global warming? No problem–eliminate them. Unbelievers were punished with the Wiki equivalent of being burnt at the stake–their articles were removed or changed without permission or the ultimate punishment…banishment from Wiki! Voila! New phony facts–the perfect oxymoron–that magically proved the new theology!
U.K. scientist and Green Party activist William Connolley would take on particularly crucial duties.
Connolley took control of all things climate in the most used information source the world has ever known – Wikipedia. Starting in February 2003, just when opposition to the claims of the band members were beginning to gel, Connolley set to work on the Wikipedia site. He rewrote Wikipedia’s articles on global warming, on the greenhouse effect, on the instrumental temperature record, on the urban heat island, on climate models, on global cooling. On Feb. 14, he began to erase the Little Ice Age; on Aug.11, the Medieval Warm Period. In October, he turned his attention to the hockey stick graph. He rewrote articles on the politics of global warming and on the scientists who were skeptical of the band. Richard Lindzen and Fred Singer, two of the world’s most distinguished climate scientists, were among his early targets, followed by others that the band especially hated, such as Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, authorities on the Medieval Warm Period.
All told, Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles. His control over Wikipedia was greater still, however, through the role he obtained at Wikipedia as a website administrator, which allowed him to act with virtual impunity. When Connolley didn’t like the subject of a certain article, he removed it – more than 500 articles of various descriptions disappeared at his hand. When he disapproved of the arguments that others were making, he often had them barred – over 2,000 Wikipedia contributors who ran afoul of him found themselves blocked from making further contributions.
This certainly isn’t the scientific method I was taught in elementary school.