Boko Haram Science…Thought-Tyranny, Vicious Hounding Shame, Blacken Climate Science Community

The news of distinguished Swedish meteorology professor and former director of the renowned Max Planck Institute of Meteorology, Lennart Bengtsson, resigning from the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) advisory board just days after having joined it has spread through the blogosphere like wildfire.

Psychological torment seems to be at play.

His resignation in the face of intolerance will surely prompt harsh reactions from some elements of the mainstream media globally in the days ahead. Bengtsson cites “enormous world-wide pressure” and “enormous group pressure” that threaten his “health and safety“. His resignation further underscores a growing, closed-minded zealotry that is embedding itself within the climate science community which is resembling more and more a cult.

Warning signs of psychological aggression appeared early on. For example climate physicist and alarmist Georg Hoffmann paralleled the GWPF to the Ku Klux Klan, simply because they hold a skeptical view on global warming science rather than embracing it as a religion.

At Climate Audit Steve McIntyre writes of “more shameful conduct by the climate ‘community’“. McIntyre adds that scientists like Bengtsson are precisely the “people that the climate ‘community’ should be trying to persuade“, and not run out of town with hounds. He compares the action by the climate science community to a “fatwa“.

A number of readers at Klimazwiebel have reacted harshly as well.

Anonymous writes:

Welcome to reality.

But that grown men would so marginalize and stigmatize a respected colleague Lennart Bengtsson to that extent that he has to fear for his health, that I would have never expected and simply makes me speechless.”

energetic said:

6 This is the final verdict about the morality of the experts: moral dictatorship.”

Hans von Storch writes:

The question is if part of the scientific community will support Lennart in his right to speak out (without necessarily supporting his judgment).”

BigCityLib writes:

I am sorry to see he is withdrawing, but such is the climate science religion. No questioning is tolerated. Not even working with people who are questioning. It really is disgusting.”

Roger Pielke Jr. writes:

The main problem here is not that people have strong views or call people names. It is that the elite in this community – including scientists, journalists, politicians — have endorsed the climate mccarthyism campaign, and are often its most vigorous participants.”

Eduardo Zorita:

Whether or not someone wishes to work on a study should be only dependent on the study itself., and not on the political views of the co-authors.”

Benny Peiser, on behalf of the GWPF:

The Foundation, while of course respecting Professor Bengtsson’s decision, notes with deep concern the disgraceful intolerance within the climate science community which has prompted his resignation.”


32 responses to “Boko Haram Science…Thought-Tyranny, Vicious Hounding Shame, Blacken Climate Science Community”

  1. Ed Caryl

    If we didn’t know before that the”science” is thoroughly political, we know it now. This is proof that the “consensus” is at the point of a weapon. Climatists, are you proud? Or are you shameless?

  2. William Connolley

    Oh the poor dahling. LB is such a delicate wilting flower. Don’t you think someone who fades so easily ought to have kept out of the limelight? Or, in more vigorous terms, that he ought to stop being such a crybaby and Man Up?

    1. Mindert Eiting

      You should immediately post your impressive comment at Lubos Motl, who is even more explicit than Pierre:

    2. Mr Kipling to you.

      William, are you condoning this type of activity?

      Man up?? LOL Has anyone seen the names of those that did this to Lennart.

      Come on you lot MAN UP and show who you are stop hiding behind you mummies aprons.

    3. Martin A

      Oh the poor dahling. LB is such a delicate wilting flower.

      Why do AGW believers always seem to come across as such likeable people?

  3. Bjorn Ramstad

    Indeed, it must be something special to rejoin his colleagues after this?

  4. William Connolley

    > William Connolley 14. Mai 2014 at 22:29 “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”
    > Bjorn Ramstad 14. Mai 2014 at 23:03

    You’re managing your comment queue I see. How many favourable to your side will you need to have before you let through one that disagrees with you?

    1. Green Sand

      Oh you poor dahling. such a delicate wilting flower when kept out of the limelight? Stop being such a crybaby, be a good little Man and wait your turn.

      1. William Connolley

        I have no objection to waiting my turn. Its being deliberately held in moderation whilst other comments aren’t that grates. Are you happy with our host managing the flow of discussion in this way?

        1. DirkH

          Dear little Billyboy, it so happens even to a lot of my comments here. You’re calling Bengtsson a crybaby and now you can’t even stand the ordinary quirks of wordpress? Is it climate change that turned you into a nervous wreck? I heard of its terrible effects; this might be one of them.

  5. Aard Knox

    Another Galileo moment. And I thought the inquisition had been dismantled.

  6. handjive

    When you shine a little sunlight in a dark corner, you see all sorts of things scurrying for cover.
    Stoats are being sighted all over the web at the moment.

  7. Harry Dale Huffman

    Everyone needs to understand that this is not limited to climate science; it is symptomatic of a long-failing paradigm (and a consequent general incompetence among academics, the “science experts”), about which I wrote just a few days ago:

    The Growing Religious Self-Righteousnass of Science

    1. Harry Dale Huffman


  8. Ed Caryl

    I see that we can count William as among the shameless.

    1. Hoi Polloi

      Connolley has lost his credibility already a long time ago.

  9. Mike Spilligan

    For the moment we can only guess if this gets any exposure in mainstream media, where it ought to be headlined together with a few “mea culpas”.
    I’m pleased that you allowed William Connolley’s comment through, even though it doesn’t relate to the central issue but is merely an “ad hominem”. It confirms what we already know about this man; that he hasn’t changed his extreme perspective and that he’s willing to add to his record of distortion and deception.

  10. AlecM

    Ein Reich, Ein Volk, Ein Klimatwissenschaft.

    1. Henning Nielsen

      Another example of “Gleick-schaltung”?

  11. Les Johnson

    The AGW proponents admit they have a communication problem.

    The AGW’ers suggest that if only the public was smarter, they could communicate better.

    The public reads of debacles like the Bengsston “fatwa”, shakes their collective head, and goes on worrying about actual problems.

  12. betapug

    Perhaps “HaHa” Connolley is a “Secret Climate Scientist”?

    “I went to ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts)
    for their meteorology course for a month or two in ?1991?”

    No, wait…that would be weather, not climate.

  13. Alf

    Mr. Connolley; give your conncience a chance to talk to you.

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