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LQD: Yorkshire Ranter on "thinktanks"

by Metatone Wed Dec 2nd, 2009 at 12:27:39 PM EST

From : http://yorkshire-ranter.blogspot.com/2009/11/profiles-in-wanktankery-gwpf.html

Starts out shooting fish in a barrel...

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It's Benny Peiser, "director" of the "Global Warming Policy Foundation", still hawking the intellectually dishonest, busted on its own terms talking point about "no warming for 10 years".


The interesting bit:


The "Foundation" has existed for all of a week. It has no staff other than Peiser and no publications and no thoughts other than worn-out old US Republican talking points. And instantly it has apparently open and uncritical access to the pages of a national newspaper.

These people can't handle it, can they? They have no resistance to this tactic at all. Just show them some headed notepaper and they'll slurp, slurp, slurp up any old nonsense you choose to tell'em.

Who is Benny Peiser? Sourcewatch knows. He's a social anthropologist specialising in sport, and a fan of worrying about near-earth objects. He has published a total of three peer-reviewed papers, none of them on anything remotely relevant.

He also does things like this:
Originally published in the prestigious publication, Science, the Oreskes study looked at 928 research papers on climate change and found that 100% agreed with the scientific consensus.[1] Peiser originally stated in January 2005 that Oreskes was incorrect and that "in light of the data [Peiser] presented... Science should withdraw Oresekes's study and its results in order to prevent any further damage to the integrity of science. On October 12, 2006, Peiser admitted that only one of the research papers he used in his study refuted the scientific consensus on climate change, and that study was NOT peer-reviewed and was published by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

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"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Wed Dec 2nd, 2009 at 12:44:39 PM EST
It's all part of the "he said, she said" faux balance that the Guardian thinks it has to oberve now that most of its article on CiF are aimed at yanks.

Despite Monbiot, The independent is kicking its backside on climate change.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 2nd, 2009 at 02:11:28 PM EST
You are the Yorkshire ranter and I claim my £5

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 2nd, 2009 at 02:12:16 PM EST
Lobby Lud - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1983 an original "Lobby Lud" - William Chinn - was rediscovered aged 91 and living in Cardiff, Wales
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Dec 2nd, 2009 at 04:38:43 PM EST
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In the Ranter's comments:

The Yorkshire Ranter

Maybe we should start our own think tank.

Hmm.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Dec 2nd, 2009 at 04:41:03 PM EST


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 2nd, 2009 at 05:54:07 PM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Dec 2nd, 2009 at 08:53:39 PM EST
Reuters: Carbon border measures seen breaking WTO trade rules
Border measures to protect domestic manufacturers from unfair foreign competition as part of climate change legislation could run foul of global trade rules, a Brussels think tank said on Thursday.

Such border measures could also be economically unworkable, said Fredrik Erixon, director of the ECIPE research institute.

"Many countries are going to think twice because they know they are going to unleash quite hard responses, very likely retaliation, from other countries," Erixon told a conference call about a study on trade and climate.


Reprinting big fat lies with no disclosure of the agenda, no opposing POV. Just objective think tanky goodness. It's increasingly hard to believe that there is no agenda behind this in the corporate press.

(ECIPE = European arm of Timbro)

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Fri Dec 4th, 2009 at 10:11:06 AM EST


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