International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)

2009/03/20

Tom McClintock says he, "not Al Gore", discovered climate change

cite as: F. Bi. 2009. Tom McClintock says he, “not Al Gore”, discovered climate change. Intl. J. Inact., 2:43–45

Listen to the excerpt of McClintock’s speech at the “2009 International Conference on Climate Change” (640KB, 1' 20″ MP3). Source: extracted and re-coded from the Heartland Institute web site.

Listen to McClintock speaking at the “2009 International Conference on Climate Change” (640KB, 1′ 20″ MP3). Source: extracted and re-coded from the Heartland Institute web site.

Some found poetry from Tom McClintock’s speech at the Heartland Institute’s (ahem!) “2009 International Conference on Climate Change”:

You see,
it was me, Tom McClintock,
who discovered
the theory
of global climate change.
Not Al Gore.

Yet all you hear about
is ‘Al Gore this’ and ‘Al Gore that’.

My climate change discovery came
in the fall
of 1964 —
long before the world
had ever heard of Al Gore —
when Ms. Conroy took
our third grade elementary school class
to the Museum of Natural History.

It was there
that we saw
a panorama of dinosaurs
tromping around the steamy swamps
of what is now part of Wyoming.

And now that panorama
was right next
to an exhibit
of woolly mammoths
foraging on the glaciers
that was once
the same part of Wyoming.

And I thought to myself,
“Gee, those dinosaurs look cool.”

And then I thought to myself,
“Oh my god,
the climate must be changing
from time to time!”

And I never got
a Nobel Prize
for that discovery.

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10 Comments »

  1. …Bizarre. Words fail me.

    And yet that observation is the very first thing NASA says on their recent for-the-public paper explaining climate change for laymen. (can’t link from here;check DeSmog).

    Obviously, they stole Tom’s idea and now he’s suppressed by the mainstream liberal media by decree of the High Cabal. You’d have to be blind to miss it!

    Comment by Brian D — 2009/03/20 @ 15:35 | Reply

  2. Brian D:

    About the NASA document… do you mean this?

    Obviously, they stole Tom’s idea and now he’s suppressed by the mainstream liberal media by decree of the High Cabal.

    Haha… no doubt that’s because the mainstream liberal media uses a totally bogus, Marxist-Leninist definition of the word “discovery”!

    After all, McClintock made his stunning discovery of the climate change theory when someone practically showed it to him in a museum! Galileo would’ve approved. 🙂

    The Al Gore stuff reminds me of Wingnut Fractals. Come to think of it, it is a Wingnut Fractal.

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/03/20 @ 18:07 | Reply

  3. Turns out that McClintock said something similar (and similarly stupid) back in 2007. (Via Conejo Valley Democrat.)

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/03/20 @ 19:26 | Reply

  4. Yes, I was referring to that report.

    I’ve heard of fractally wrong before (“The state of being wrong at every conceivable scale of resolution. That is, from a distance, a fractally wrong person’s worldview is incorrect; and furthermore, if you zoom in on any small part of that person’s worldview, that part is just as wrong as the whole worldview.”), but a Wingnut Fractal sounds a lot more interesting. I just question it being a pure fractal, since all wingnut memes have an origin point.

    Comment by Brian D — 2009/03/20 @ 21:58 | Reply

  5. Brian D:

    I just question it being a pure fractal, since all wingnut memes have an origin point.

    Ah. But I’m sure the “origin point” is justified after the fact by the excuse that “The Liberals Do It Too!” so what initially looks like a “point” becomes actually yet another full-blown fractal.

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/03/21 @ 03:57 | Reply

  6. If Tom McClintock had his way there would never have been a dime of Govt money to build and maintain museums. Interesting he had his great epiphany in one!

    Comment by Curtis Walker — 2009/03/21 @ 11:33 | Reply

  7. William Gibson currently has some notes from “the annual conference of the non-reality based coalition” up on his blog:
    http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/blog/2009_03_01_archive.asp#3835085200158543137
    The similarities are startling.

    Comment by James Haughton — 2009/03/21 @ 12:24 | Reply

  8. But has he learned to feed and dress himself yet?

    Comment by greenfyre — 2009/03/22 @ 05:08 | Reply

  9. […] of “Ph. D.” or “area-specific expert” he is — unless it’s a Ph. D. in Fractally Illogical Bollocks. Then again, if Easton can refer to a speaker roster as a “faculty”, then I guess […]

    Pingback by I am not a wingnut, but… « International Journal of Inactivism — 2009/03/26 @ 10:49 | Reply

  10. Perhaps I’m missing something [probably], but does anyone understand what makes people like Tom McClintock tick?

    Do people like him genuinely disbelieve the science?
    Do they genuinely believe the global scientific & left-wing environmentalist conspiracy crap?
    Or do they believe the science, but they decided to take the money anyway and screw the planet and future generations can go to hell?
    Or do they believe that God [whoever he is] will protect his creation?
    Or some other idea [wacky or otherwise] that either I haven’t heard of or hasn’t occurred to me.

    I’d really like to know. I’m British and these North American / US political shenanigans have me puzzled.

    Comment by climate criminal — 2009/04/28 @ 07:44 | Reply


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