Okay, so I just had to make a little twist on Hillary Clinton's claim of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" against her husband in the 1990's. Conspiracy theories seem to be popular these days like 9/11 was created by our government (which I don't subscribe to). Some of the accusations below may seem implausible and perhaps I am wrong. However, some of these events have occurred and may have been caused by a sinister group of individuals bent on shaping our future to their view of the world. In some respects, this shadowy group may be winning the battle as many of our politicians are on their side.
Conspiracy #1: Why don't TV Meteorologists say much about the subject of Global Warming? Most people acknowledge that the main stream media has a liberal bias. This bias extends to local markets and is pervasive. A few years ago, I saw a statement by one on-camera meteorologist that he knew of not one colleague that subscribed to the global warming hype. The truth is most of the folks in this profession don't speak up out of fear of losing their jobs. Very few are allowed to do any investigative type journalism and those that could simply choose not to rock the boat. Instead, they are made to play up any heat waves with live remotes in front of bank temperature signs (that probably display more of the urban heat island effect) and play down or ignore any cold spells.
A few of them do speak up, though, like John Coleman. John Coleman is most noted for founding The Weather Channel. He also has been a TV meteorologist in Omaha, Chicago, and most recently of KUSI in San Diego. John's views are harsh in their criticism of both Al Gore and the UN's IPCC panel. For a good interview of John, see this article.
Conspiracy #2: Wikipedia articles support the Anthropogenic Global Warming theory. For those not familiar with wikipedia, this online version of an encyclopedia can be edited by anyone who registers with this free site. However, some controversial areas like AGW are monitored and controlled by a group of folks who do not allow any changes they don't agree with. Try to make a change in any page dealing with the theory will last as long as it takes for you to hit the refresh button on your browser. Further, the biographies of scientists who disagree with the AGW theory are smeared and in some cases are made out to be a certified nutcase. Take for example Fred Singer - he is a noted PhD physicist. If you read his bio, then you might get the impression that he believes in Martians (he really does not, though!). Any group or organization that is critical of the AGW is treated similarly on wikipedia. Lawrence Solomon has written extensively about this topic including one wikipedean named William Connolley who seems to control much of what is found on the subject. Solomon has also exposed the issue of Dr. Singer as well.
Conspiracy #3: Denial-of-service (DoS) attacks on anti-AGW websites. Some of the websites that routinely feature articles and data refuting AGW theory have been subjected to DoS attacks. For those not familiar with this, DoS attacks are a concerted effort by an individual or group that coordinate a huge number of page requests from the server that hosts the web pages. Such a high number of requests can effectively cripple the server and prevent it from working. One of the most prominent cases was the incident involving the Church of Scientology website. In the climate area, Steve McIntyre's climateaudit.org as well as co2science.org have been attacked and rendered inoperable for several days or longer. It should be noted that Mr. McIntyre is the person who discovered the Y2K error in Hanson's GISS temperature record.
Conspiracy #4: Vice President Al Gore has complete control over every lecture and interview he does. For the last two years or so, Al Gore has been challenged to debate the topic by Steven Milloy and others. He has rejected this in spite of being offered his normal speaking fee (reported to be $200K) as an incentive. He was also offered the same sum of money to speak at a March 2008 climate conference in New York City hosted by the Heartland Institute. Once again, he declined the offer. During his lectures that he gives, the press is not allowed to be present and former VP Gore no longer takes questions from the audience. It was also widely reported that at an event during his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, the press was banned from the room.
Conspiracy #5: Scientists who do not support the AGW theory are denied federal research grant monies. While the pro-AGW group always accuses the skeptics of being tied to some Exxon-Mobil slush fund (Exxon-Mobil - I am still waitng for my check!), our federal government and private donations flow in only one direction. Do you have a research project that might disprove the AGW theory? Good luck in getting that approved. It is kind of like the old signs that said, "Irish Need Not Apply." Do you have a Global Climate Model simulation that will generate a five or six degree Celsius temperature increase by 2100? Like a used car sale pitch - "Bam - Your Approved!" Your model might be total garbage, but your tax dollars will be spent like it is water in a flash flood.
Conspiracy #6: Who is funding AGW theory? Schools and universities can and have received free copies of former VP Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." I doubt that Al is that generous with his money. Someone out there is paying for this. NASA scientist James Hansen and others run a website called realclimate.com. He and the others that run this site are purported to be paid for their work, which by the way probably represents a conflict of interest with their work for our federal government. Realclimate is not a non-profit organization and like any commercial site requires money to stay on the web. Once again, who is paying for all of this? As mentioned earlier, wikipedia pages on global warming seemed to be constantly monitored. Many of the skeptical blogs are constantly bombarded by internet trolls (a term used to describe anonymous responders). Perhaps these individuals have too much time or maybe they are paid by someone. One possible culprit for any or all of this money is billionaire George Soros. Many of the groups like Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and the Environmental Defense Fund are also very rich and could be a source of money.
There are some more, but I will limit myself and go on from here.
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