cite as: F. Bi. 2008. Surge, groupthink, petition. Intl. J. Inact., 1:112–114
On Monday, my blog got a plug from Mark Hoofnagle of Denialism… and this has caused a huge surge in hits on this blog as shown here. 🙂 Thanks, Mark!
So, I’d like to use this great opportunity to float a new idea of mine (while the attention mojo coming from Mark hasn’t yet run out…). But before that, check out this tidbit from Czech inactivist Luboš Motl, who once more goes off the rails:
[…] the assumption [that science will win over groupthink] breaks down […] when no scholars have any chance to leave the groupthink because the groupthink is global in character. For example, if you must be afraid to say that a politician who is a scientific crackpot is a scientific crackpot — just because almost everyone else has voted for him as a politician in 2000 and they put politics above science — then the system is in real trouble. The same problems occurred in the era of the Inquisition when the Church (temporarily) had similar tools to globally control certain important segments of science.
(Um, yeah, climatologists all over the world — from Taiwan to Canada, from Britain to India, from New Zealand to Japan — became subject to groupthink when Gore almost became US President and did a presentation on global warming! Perhaps Gore had hidden special Satanic powers into copies of An Inconvenient Truth, so that those pinkos who voted for him in 2000 suddenly have the power to oppress and persecute all who dare stand up against him, a power which they didn’t have before. Just like the Inquisition!)
(I’ve added Motl’s theory to my genealogy of climate conspiracy theories, which — again — you can view by clicking on the sultry girl.)
Anyway, back to the idea that I was about to discuss. As you probably already know, John Coleman, Christopher Monckton, and Owen McShane have been threatening to bring lawsuits against Al Gore and James Hansen. Also, Monckton and McShane are good at issuing petitions, declarations, statements, and the like, in attempts to pressure governments to Do Nothing about global warming.
So I thought, why don’t we send an open letter, or an open petition, to them? I propose to have a letter that goes roughly thus:
To John Coleman, James Inhofe, Owen McShane, Christopher Monckton, Anthony Watts, and others who actively promote doubt on the reality of global warming, its seriousness, or the need for mitigation thereof:
We, the undersigned, hereby call upon all global warming doubters
- to bring lawsuits against Al Gore and James Hansen, to charge them for conspiracy, as has been promised on numerous occasions, and to do so as soon as possible — so that the question of whether Gore and Hansen are ‘co-conspirators’ in a global warming ‘scam’ can be definitively resolved at the soonest opportunity;
- to bring on the lawsuits in person;
- to clarify which of the numerous incompatible conspiracy theories which have been proposed hitherto will serve as the basis for said lawsuits; or if none of the existing theories are applicable, to explain why they were originally proposed;
- to realize that all requests to Gore or Hansen to participate in ‘debates’ on global warming can and should be rightfully ignored — as such debates are invariably pointless and inconsequential, and will only serve to distract from the truly important debates to take places in the courts of law and the chambers of parliament worldwide;
- to cease and desist from all extralegal efforts, such as polls and petitions, to remove Hansen from his position as the Head of the US NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, until such a time when the courts of law have ruled him to be guilty of the crime of conspiracy.
Doubtless, there will be a number of problems if this “Sue Us” Petition were to truly go ahead — after all, e-petitions have a bad reputation with prominent NGOs, and rightly so, and it’s hard to create a good, credible e-petition. But before going that far, I also want to know if the idea above is worth pursuing in the first place. What do you think?
Update 2008-07-31: In comments, Brian D suggests to use the word “acknowledge” instead of “realize”. Thanks, Brian!
- to acknowledge that all requests to Gore or Hansen to participate in ‘debates’ on global warming can and should be rightfully ignored — as such debates are invariably pointless and inconsequential, and will only serve to distract from the truly important debates to take places in the courts of law and the chambers of parliament worldwide;
Update 2008-08-01: The petition’s now up and running. Sign now!