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EcoWatch Posts McCarthy-esque Hit List of ‘Climate Change Deniers’

In a move reminiscent of a wild-eyed, 1950s Commie hunt, EcoWatch has published a list of the most dangerous heretics from climate change orthodoxy, including Donald Trump, Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX), and Marc Morano.

For the crime of questioning the science behind current global warming theories, especially regarding human causality and radical proposals of CO2 reduction, EcoWatch writer Michael Mann has branded these freethinking skeptics as “deniers”—in an intentional reference to those who repudiate the Jewish Holocaust.

Gone are the days when intelligent inquiry was lauded as a prized element of serious science. Mann accuses the skeptics of “clouding the climate change debate” with their pesky, unanswered questions and stalling action through “a campaign of deliberate misinformation.”

The EcoWatch piece reprises an earlier article in the Washington Post hawking copies of Mann’s new book, The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy by holding up climate change deniers to public scorn.

The full ten-member “basket of deplorables” includes Donald Trump, “the most prominent current climate change denier of them all,” along with physicist S. Fred Singer, Steve Milloy, Marc Morano, Congressman Joe Barton, Sarah Palin, Rupert Murdoch, David and Charles Koch, and Bjorn Lomborg.

As Breitbart News reported in July, self-appointed guardians of climate change orthodoxy have been conspiring to find ways of legally prosecuting anyone who challenges global warming theories. A group of these enforcers met earlier this year to develop a strategy to use RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), a tool for prosecuting drug cartels and Mafia families, against those who speak out against the Obama administration’s war on fossil fuels.

This past summer, a group of scientists acknowledged that one of the most touted examples of global warming, regularly pointed to by climate alarmists as a motive to cut back on fossil fuel emissions, had actually reversed itself some time ago.

During the second half of the 20th century, the Antarctic Peninsula experienced an extended warming period that ignited fears of apocalyptic catastrophes like that depicted in the 2004 Hollywood climate change disaster film, “The Day After Tomorrow.” According to the recent essay, however, titled “Climate science: Cooling in the Antarctic,” scientists are now saying that the warming trend was caused by natural factors and reversed itself again by natural causes just before the turn of the millennium.

Writing in the journal Nature, the team of scientists showed that temperatures in the Antarctic Peninsula have actually been falling steadily for the last 18 years at the rate of nearly one degree Fahrenheit per decade, countering earlier warming trends.

Nature’s editor noted that although the Antarctic Peninsula is “frequently presented as a case study of rapid warming,” scientists John Turner and colleagues have now shown that warming trends have abated and “for the early years of the twenty-first century the peninsula has in the main been cooling.”

Many of the fears associated with the rapid warming of the Peninsula, such as the regional retreat of glaciers and disintegration of floating ice shelves, the authors suggest, were not in fact due to “drivers of global temperature change” as previously believed, but were rather caused by a particular microclimate associated with “extreme natural internal variability of the regional atmospheric circulation.”

Thus, the scientists admit that what was once considered one of the most remarkable cases of accelerated anthropogenic climate warming was apparently not due to human causes at all but rather to natural climate swings. The scientists noted that “both the warming since the 1950s and the cooling since the late 1990s are entirely consistent with natural climate variability.”

If they are smart, John Turner and the other climate scientists responsible for the study will learn to keep their mouths shut or they may soon find their names added to the EcoWatch hit list of “climate change deniers.”

Joe McCarthy, call your office.

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