Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Shock: Political activist Michael Mann defends political activist Kari Norgaard

Sociology professor draws Limbaugh’s ire | The conservative radio host and bloggers attack Kari Norgaard for her work on climate change

“Dr. Norgaard is just the latest in a long line of very respected, responsible scientists who are being attacked because their message, frankly, is a threat to some very powerful vested interests,” Mann said.

...Kerry Emanuel, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate program, was bombarded [peaking at four or five in one day!] with vile e-mails after he appeared in a video produced by some pro-science Republicans, Mann said.

Mann said the bloggers’ tactics are tried and true.

“It was the same tactic used by the tobacco industry to try to discredit scientists who were finding the linkage between the use of their product and adverse health effects,” he said.

Mann asserted that many of the bloggers [which ones, specifically?] are paid by fossil fuel industry groups to deliver a purposefully crafted message: “They use very carefully calibrated rhetoric,” he said. “They use buzzwords. They try to portray climate scientists as environmental extremists who are trying to take away your personal liberty.”

...The UO, however, did back up its faculty member.

“They’ve made it clear they recognize that this is not about my work, and my work is good,” Norgaard said. “They’ve provided me with assistance about how to handle my e-mail.”

Moonbattery » Portraits in Moonbattery: Kari Norgaard

Professor Kari Norgaard, who is currently appearing at the ‘Planet Under Pressure’ conference in London, has presented a paper in which she argues that “cultural resistance” to accepting the premise that humans are responsible for climate change “must be recognized and treated” as an aberrant sociological behavior.


jimmbbo said...

Michael Mann? The creator of the phony "Hockey Stick" that was resoundingly discredited and DROPPED from the IPCC reports? THAT Michael Mann of "hide the decline" fame? Great source for a recommendation...

Jim Karlock said...

Why is government money good and oil money bad?


Anonymous said...

Tom, bit off topic, but semi germane, Mann is also quoted as saying he had received death threats. Has anyone checked with the police or him to see if he filed a report/complaint? Given his lawsuit happy ways, I'd be floored if this were not so.....

Anonymous said...

did her parents have any children that lived?

Anonymous said...

If being a skeptic is a sickness then being a alarmist is a sickness as well. It's a two way street. and those Hitler ideas Kari Norgaard made are complete sick and the sicker one's are the one's that back her up. People are not stupid. The ice core data show proof that every 100,000 years this happens and guess what? this is that time!!