cite as: F. Bi. 2008. List of unwilling scientists is now a “petition”… yeah right. Intl. J. Inact., 1:57
I thought climate inactivists aren’t willing to talk about the Heartland 500 debacle. Well, it turns out I’m wrong. Alan Caruba, writing for the Cybercast News Service, decided that all that the story needed was some — um — dramatic improvement:
The May Greenpeace news release attacked Heartland’s citation of a petition signed by “more than 500 qualified researchers whose research in professional journals provides historic and/or physical proxy evidence” that debunks the global warming hoax.
Yeah right, when you have a list of scientists such that many of them have explicitly asked to have their names removed from the list, the list suddenly becomes a “petition” which was “signed by” the scientists themselves.
The funny thing is, Caruba’s tale doesn’t even begin to gel with Heartland’s own account that Avery did in fact create the list unilaterally (emphasis mine):
They [scientists] have no right […] to demand that their names be removed from a bibliography composed by researchers with whom they disagree.
Then again, since when did inactivists care if their own tall tales can’t even agree with one another?
Update 2008-06-05: Turns out that the exact same essay, with the exact same nonsense, was already published on NewsByUs on 1 Jun, prior to its appearance on CNS.