Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rick Perry is a McCarthyite for Being a Global Warming Denier?

Richard Cohen is really grasping at straws with his latest piece, this one attacking Rick Perry for being skeptical about global warming.  He even is able to link what Rick Perry says to Joe McCarthy, talk about Rube Goldbergesque logic:

He said that an increasing number of scientists have challenged this notion and that, in conclusion, he stood with them -- whoever they might be. In Appleton, Wis., Sen. Joe McCarthy's skeleton rattled a bit.

The late and hardly lamented demagogue pioneered the political use of the concocted statistic. In his case, it was communists and they were, literally, everywhere.

Ironically, after attacking Perry for the "political use of the concocted statistic" he then concocted one of his own, or at least used one with zero attribution:

There are some scientists who are global warming skeptics, but these few -- about 2 percent of climate researchers -- could hold their annual meeting in a phone booth, if there are any left. (Perhaps 2 percent of scientists think there are.)

Really, two percent of climate researchers?  Was this a scientific study by Richard Cohen or does he have something to back that up with?  Maybe he should start reading Climate Depot which has quite a bit of published research available on the site debunking global warming theory.  Also, I did notice that he said "2 percent of climate researchers" not 2% of scientists.  Climate researchers are people who generally get grants by saying there is global warming so his statistic has as much meaning as "98% of gold miners find value in gold".

The rest of the piece is no better.  It attacks Perry for not believing in global warming and then doesn't actually provide any argument why he should believe in it other than the "experts" say that he should.

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