Saturday, January 15, 2005

Burn The Witch

The Environmentalist Establishment's Assault on Bjorn Lomborg

Bjorn Lomborg is a former green who troubled himself to look critically at the dogma of the environmental movement. Lomborg concluded that many of the dire and popularly accepted environmental threats (global warming, overpopulation, natural resource depletion) have been vastly exaggerated. The resulting book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, created an hysterical backlash from the true believers.

Nothing threatens the faithful quite like an apostate. And when the heretic spreads his message to all who will listen...

Perceiving a threat to its orthodoxy, Scientific American spearheaded the crusade against Lomborg's data and conclusions in an 11-page tirade in January 2002, which Lomborg rebutted, which SciAm's writers re-rebutted...

The Dread Pundit Bluto is a Scientific American subscriber. When Global Warming is mentioned in the magazine, it is spoken of as an established fact with no room for inconvenient data or conclusions. This seems a rather extraordinary position for a magazine that supposedly represents the questing spirit of Science.

In his book, State of Fear, Michael Crichton notes that the European witch-burnings of the sixteenth century were carried out not by the ignorant masses, but by the "enlightened" intelligentsia.