The Heartland Institute held its 14th Annual International Conference on Climate Change this past weekend down in Colorado Springs. I wish I had been paying attention, as I would have attended. Videos of all the talks are available here. For me it is brain candy. Heartland is a good outfit, and the speakers they line up for these events are highly knowledgeable in the field of Climate and other specialties. Climate Alarmists are in a privileged position allowing them to merely make up their unchallenged facts. Only people like those at Heartland dare speak up. (Reporters were sent to the 14th ICCC, but only to do hit pieces.)
I am quoting as best I am able from this video from the link above. I think the speaker is H. Sterling Burnett, a Senior Fellow with Heartland. The quoted words below happen at around five or six minutes. (There is a long stretch of music leading into the video.)
“I have been on stage with seven or eight different climate scientists over way too many years of doing this. And I always asked them what would it take for you to disbelieve the theory of catastrophic climate change caused by human CO2 emissions. What would disconfirm the theory for you? Six of these scientists had no response. They couldn’t think of anything evidently by their lack of response that would disconfirm the theory. One scientist – I won’t mention him by name because he’s known for suing people and I don’t want to be the target of a lawsuit – he gave me an answer:… “All of physics would have to be overturned.” I said “really the law of conservation of energy, e=mc2 all of that has to go for you to be wrong about climate change?” He said ‘yes.’
I appreciate that he had an answer. He provided an answer. I thought it showed some extreme hubris on his part, but that is what it would take for him to be wrong about climate change.”
He is talking, of course, about Michael Mann, inventor of the fake hockey stick and a man known to slap lawsuits on anyone critical of him. The lawsuits are not done for any real cause, but it does tie people up in court, often for years. One suit against Professor Tim Ball was settled by the Canadian highest court in Ball’s favor. He was just tying up Mr. Ball’s hands, his seeming intent. Mann was ordered to pay all court costs – after all, he was doing nothing to advance the case. Has he paid those costs? I have heard he has not, though it would seem that Canada’s highest court has reach enough for force him to do so. But certainly Mann is not out-of-pocket, as he is just a tool backed by powerful and wealthy sponsors (whom he referred to in the Climategate emails as “our closeted friends”).
When I read the above words, as relayed to us by Burnett, I thought “Got him!” Mann is exaggerating beyond reason, and that can only be due to his lack of evidence to support his case. It means that he is not only wrong in all his assertions, but that he knows he is wrong.
This link is to a 26-minute video of a debate between a moronic journalist (I repeat myself again) and Marc Morano. You won’t regret loss of time for watching it. It held me the entire time. Marano slowly gets fed up with her, as she is so clueless and repeatedly makes assertions without evidence. This is so common in that profession. I wonder some times if there are any good journalists out there – all that I have known are lightweights, short of factual data, having done little or no thinking or research. I suspect that this is due to editors, who do not reward that kind of work. There is a culling process at work where only the stupid survive.