Nuttiness on the Left
"The notorious "man-made" greenhouse gasses comprise
about .26 per cent of the total greenhouse gas component
of the earth's atmosphere and the influence of this
component remains entirely unproven, as I have pointed
out on this site many times ... Gore's contribution to the
debate has been an appalling mishmash of cooked statistics,
demagoguery about "scientific consensus" and New Age
hocus pocus about spiritual renewal. Anyone who has
studied the antics of his co-winner of the peace prize,
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will know
that the IPCC's prime role every three years has been to
ignore the work-some of it respectable scientific research-
of its expert panels and issue entirely mendacious and to
issue alarmist press releases designed to win
headlines in the New York Times.
Of course Al Gore has been a shil for nuclear power
ever since he came of age as a political harlot for the
Oakridge nuclear laboratory in his home state of Tennessee.
The practical beneficiary of the baseless hysteria over
"anthropogenic global warming" is the nuclear power industry.
This very fall, ... this industry is reaping the fruits of Al
Gore's campaigning. Congress has finally knocked aside
the regulatory licensing processes that have somewhat
protected the public across recent decades. The starting
gun has sounded, and just about the moment Gore and his
co-conspirators at the IPCC collect their prizes, the
bulldozers will be breaking ground for the new nuclear
lants soon to spring like Amanita phalloides--just as
deadly--across the American landscape."
My friend Susan insists that if I criticize nuttiness on the right (e.g., the loathsome Ann Coulter) I need to be even-handed and criticize nuttiness on the left. Cockburn's position here is nutty.
* You can find earlier installments of this nuttiness in The Nation here and here and here and here. Who is Cockburn's co-author Jeffrey St. Clair is shilling for when he sides with the "greenhousers"?