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So, who’s “anti-science” now?

Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey, chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, is using a slur some AGW zealots love to describe those critical or skeptical of their views. I heard him on TV today on the news calling them “anti-science.”

So, we’ve got a career politician (Markey was first elected to the Massachusetts House in 1972 when he was 26) telling scientists who have spent their lives studying the earth and its climate “anti-science.”  That’s rich.

If Markey calls opponents of cap and trade are anti-science, I wonder what he calls scientists who try to force data into a theory without accounting for how some data often undermine said theory. Or what does he call scientists who won’t release their data and disguise their methodology.  About scientists who “subvert peer review and prevent publication of papers that didn’t completely agree with the favored theory“.  About scientists who try to hide an inconvenient decline?

While Richard at EU Referendum doesn’t consider whether Markey might such folk “anti-science,” he does have some choice words for the name-calling of Markey and his ilk:

Criticism based on the leaked or hacked emails (and documents) is not an attack on science, any more than criticising a particular journalist is to attack press freedom, or criticising a particular politician is to attack democracy. Trying to shut down criticism in the name of science is the real attack on science.



  1. It’s “anti-science” to destroy data and not submit your work for peer review.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — December 9, 2009 @ 9:47 am - December 9, 2009

  2. “I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it so long as it does not disrupt my narrative.” Probably said by Ed Markey attributing his thoughts to remarks attributed to Voltaire and cited as proof positive that the polar bear is not a mammal and a day without wine is like a day without man made global warming.

    Comment by heliotrope — December 9, 2009 @ 10:42 am - December 9, 2009

  3. I knew Markey’s kid in college. He was more of a mess than usual. I pray his life has gotten better.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 9, 2009 @ 11:56 am - December 9, 2009

  4. Copenhagen weather forecast for Friday, December 11, 2009…

    As of 2:30 pm, Wednesday, December 9 –  Eastern US time, this is the weather forecast for Copenhagen.  So, exactly how accurate do you think they are 20 years from now?, 50 years from now? 100 years from now? I don’t claim to know!  Problem is, t…

    Trackback by Ztower — December 9, 2009 @ 3:10 pm - December 9, 2009

  5. Funny how TanogillieJodybob have gone quiet.

    Well except for one post begging conservatives to do something about Uganda.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 9, 2009 @ 4:40 pm - December 9, 2009

  6. Well, after all, they’re just doing what Obama promised in his inaugural: putting science “in its rightful place”–in the service of their leftist ideology, that is.

    Comment by Kurt — December 9, 2009 @ 10:56 pm - December 9, 2009

  7. Met Office, which has spent four days collecting signatures. The initiative is a sign of how worried it is that e-mails stolen from the University of East Anglia are fueling skepticism about man-made global warming at a critical moment in talks on carbon emissions.

    One scientist said that he felt under pressure to sign the circular or risk losing work. The Met Office admitted that many of the signatories did not work on climate change..


    “It’s The Marketing Stupid”

    Mary Matalin Called Global Warming “A Money Scam” This Morning On Imus In The Morning.

    Comment by keyboard jockey — December 10, 2009 @ 11:30 am - December 10, 2009

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