'Lew, get a clew'

Inspector Clew-seau

Quote of the Day comes from Judith Curry, who skewers the ridiculous antics of Lewandowsky:

The latest ‘explanation’ for lack of belief in the IPCC consensus ‘truth’ is that these non believers are conspiracy theorists.  See Stephan Lewandowsky’s editorial Evidence is overrated if you are a conspiracy theorist.  Lewandowsky’s ‘evidence’ was a scammed internet survey.  Bloggers such as Steve McIntyreAnthony WattsBishopHill, Lucia, JoNova are all over this, and have exposed the scam (note: there are multiple posts on each of these blogs).  BS detection in action.  While I have used the term ‘auditors’ for deep investigations of problems with climate data, BS detection seems much more apt for this particular issue.

Lew, get a clew.  I hope this experience with the skeptical bloggers has revealed what they are really all about, as they have revealed YOUR conspiracy by finding a really big pile.

The ‘conspiracy’ among green climate bloggers has been further revealed by the leak of John Cook’s secret forum (link).  SkepticalScience seems to becoming the ringleader for conspiratorial activities by the green climate bloggers.  All this is high entertainment for those of us who follow the climate blog wars.  But take a step back, and consider how bad this makes you look, and how poorly it reflects on the science and ’cause’ that you are trying to defend. (source)

In other Lew News, Steve McIntyre reports that the Professor has now taken to deleting whole bunches of inconvenient comments on his blog:

Today, Lewandowsky (who is being assisted by an SkS squadron) liquidated every single comment by Fuller on the entire blog, leaving rebuttals to Fuller in place without the protagonist. This is different from not approving the blog comments: it’s an after-the-fact cleansing of Fuller from the blog.

The University of Western Australia should hang its head in shame at Lewandowsky’s Gleickian antics. (source)

And WUWT unearths an interesting few comments from the secret Un-Sk Ps-S database that was inadvertently “left open” earlier in the year (oh dear, how sad, never mind):

And this isn’t about science or personal careers and reputations any more. This is a fight for survival. Our civilisations survival. .. We need our own anonymous (or not so anonymous) donors, our own think tanks…. Our Monckton’s … Our assassins.

Anyone got Bill Gates’ private number, Warren Buffett, Richard Branson? Our ‘side’ has got to get professional, ASAP. We don’t need to blog. We need to network. Every single blog, organisation, movement is like a platoon in an army. ..This has a lot of similarities to the Vietnam War….And the skeptics are the Viet Cong… Not fighting like ‘Gentlemen’ at all. And the mainstream guys like Gleick don’t know how to deal with this. Queensberry Rules rather than biting and gouging.

..So, either Mother Nature deigns to give the world a terrifying wake up call. Or people like us have to build the greatest guerilla force in human history. Now. Because time is up…Someone needs to convene a council of war of the major environmental movements, blogs, institutes etc. In a smoke filled room (OK, an incense filled room) we need a conspiracy to save humanity.

Ohhh kayyy… scary stuff.


  1. Ken Ward via Facebook says:

    Green Communists would make great fertilizer.

  2. This small saga could have come straight out of the late Michael Crichton’s “State of Fear”. That was written back in 2004. A brilliant, prescient book.

  3. ‘Climate Madness’ has become a straw man. As you suggest, this is nothing less than a fulsome ideological battle of the usual line-up: individual freedom versus control by the Ministry-of-We-Know-Best. The difference this time is that the zone of demarcation wanders all over the place, and obfuscation is the norm, disinformation the currency and post-modern science the justification. The Fourth Estate has singularly failed in its mission, seduced by advertising revenue, deluded by self-aggrandisement and submissive to political opinion. It is trapped by its own insatiable greed to influence and a low wattage intellect.

    To defeat this unwitting collusion of idiocy, we need to continually reveal the drama, highlight the players and unrelentingly pursue the science – without ceasing. And still this may not be enough. It will be our unwavering belief that in the end will triumph – a belief in the vital necessity of individual freedom. This will ‘save the planet’.

    • Excellent writing Manfred! I like the “low wattage (or is it wind farm volts?) intellect” statement.

  4. Perhaps they were hoping no-one would notice the deletions/revisions? Or hoping to use it as another “conspiracy theory” excuse?

    All too ironic.

  5. There isn’t a rock big enough for Lewandowsky to crawl under. His embarrassment must so acute as to be rivalled only by his cognitive dissonance in knowing that he has produced a load of codswallop.
    Then, on the other hand, he has no shame. Show me the money !

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