Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Usual Scientific Jousting

The EPA will investigate Michael T. Eckhart, president of ACORE, who is incapable of agreeing to disagree. He sent a threatening letter to one Marlo Lewis, senior fellow at CEI, because though Lewis believes in global warming, he disputes the cause:

"It is my intention to destroy your career as a liar," Mr. Eckhart wrote. "If you produce one more editorial against climate change, I will launch a campaign against your professional integrity. I will call you a liar and charlatan to the Harvard community of which you and I are members. I will call you out as a man who has been bought by Corporate America. Go ahead, guy. Take me on."

Eckhart cares about the planet a lot. And he is insane. He offers the usual non-apology apology:

In a written response sent to Inside the Beltway last week, Mr. Eckhart apologized to "all the public who were offended" by his choice of words. He said he intended his letter to be a "private communication" in the context of "personal combat and jousting."

Very personal. In fact, personal insults and threats are the typical scientific response to global climate warming change skepticism these days. Among other things, global warming apparently causes uncontrolled outbursts of pre-adolescent rage.

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