International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)


List of unwilling scientists is now a "petition"… yeah right

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.



  1. Oh come on Frank! These scientists are so steeped in the AGW faith that they don’t even realize their work contradicts their dogma! Gotta love these “petitions” every time they come around. Like shooting fish in a barrel.

    Comment by Chad — 2008/06/03 @ 19:53 | Reply

  2. Chad:

    Or maybe do realize their work contradicts their dogma, but they had to ask to get out of the list because otherwise they’ll be faced with the mighty wrath of the Worldwide Warmist Inquisition!


    The weird thing about the Heartland 500 list is how little coverage it’s receiving in the North American mainstream media. With so many angry scientists, one would’ve thought that it makes for a good story…

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/06/04 @ 04:44 | Reply

  3. El Reg is at it again.
    Part II of the promised (threatened) BS-fest from Steven Goddard, who is daily looking more and more like a creation of the Stevie Mac and Watts crowd. He even acknowledges their ‘help’.
    Part I:
    Part II:


    Comment by Rod Sutherland — 2008/06/07 @ 03:18 | Reply

  4. Rod Sutherland:

    “Dr. James Hansen at GISS is the person in charge of the NASA temperature data. He is also the world’s leading advocate of the idea of catastrophic global warming, and is Al Gore’s primary climate advisor.”

    I think I see shades of Monckton’s conspiracy theory there.

    And… “primary climate advisor”? Whatever that means.

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/06/07 @ 04:36 | Reply

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