Today some German warmist sites are busy touting a new paper authored by Lewandowsky et al in the journal Psychological Science: NASA faked the moon landing—therefore (climate) science is a hoax: An anatomy of the motivated rejection of science.
Paper now wants us to believe that it is the Bush-followers (Tea Party followers) who believe in the 9-11 and moon-landing conspiracies. (Photo: dbking, via Wikipedia)
According to the paper’s abstract (emphasis added):
We report a survey (N > 1100) of climate blog users to identify the variables underlying acceptance and rejection of climate science. Paralleling previous work, we find that endorsement of a laissez-faire conception of free-market economics predicts rejection of climate science (r is approx. 0.80 between latent constructs). Endorsement of the free market also predicted the rejection of other established scientific findings, such as the facts that HIV causes AIDS and that smoking causes lung cancer. We additionally show that endorsement of a cluster of conspiracy theories (e.g., that the CIA killed Martin-Luther King or that NASA faked the moon landing) predicts rejection of climate science as well as the rejection of other scientific findings, above and beyond endorsement of laissez-faire free markets. This provides empirical confirmation of previous suggestions that conspiracist ideation contributes to the rejection of science. Acceptance of science, by contrast, was strongly associated with the perception of a consensus among scientists.
So we have here is a study that attempts to stigmatise and marginalise anyone who questions the notion that trace gas CO2 modulates global temperature and storm intensity. Forget that global temps have not risen in 15 years and that 70% of the Holocene was warmer than it is today. And forget that some important ocean cycles were in their positive modes from from 1980 to 2000 and that solar activity during the 20th century was at its most intense level in all of the Holocene. On and on goes the list.
The other point is that climate skeptics are not the ones who are paranoid and obsessed with the notion that human lifestyles are pushing the planet over the brink. Skeptics are not the ones who become hysterical with every wind gust. The true nuts are the extreme warmists.
Warmist media pushed the junk 9/11 and moon-landing theories
Moreover, it was the “enlightened”, i.e. the warmist media, in Germany who zealously promoted the 9/11 and moon-landing conspiracies – all in an effort to fan the flames of resentment against the USA during the Bush years. What follows are some examples of German television and media drugging up its viewers with the silly conspiracy theories.
Here’s a “documentary” questioning the moon-landing shown on warmist German television:
And here’s another:
And the following was delivered by the renowned, warmist Spiegel TV!
Or read all about it in print at the über-warmist Stern magazine here. These are just a few examples. All these above media outlets floating the whacko 9/11 and moonlanding theories were and are still fervently pushing AGW theory today. So let’s be clear who the real 9/11 and moon-landing kooks are: the same ones who think we can regulate climate and weather with a few molecules of CO2.
Of course, the documentaries above tried to give an impression of neutralality, but their true intentions were clear -it was to sow the seeds of anti-Americanism in the viewers’ minds.
Today in Germany, many of the purveyors of this twisted propaganda would like us to forget their involvement in this. After Obama became president, some even aired pieces debunking the conspiracy theories to clean the slate – but not before Bush left office. And today, as the above nutty psychology report shows, we see they are attempting make people believe that it is actually the Bush-followers (Tea Partiers) who are spreading nutjob conspiracy theories they themselves hatched earlier.
Should we be surprised? What else should we expect from those who are losing the debate and have no scruples about being dishonest?