Monday, April 26, 2010

UW-O College Republicans Bringing a Global Warming Denier to Campus for a Chat

From the NW:
The Oshkosh College Republicans and Young America's Foundation are bringing Christopher Horner, a nationally known environment and global warming author and speaker, to the UWO campus to offer an alternative examination of what people and the government are doing to protect the earth and what kind of impact it has, said Ethan Hollenberger, a UWO sophomore who is a member of the College Republicans.

"Christopher Horner isn't denying global warming or saying going green is bad. We brought him in to look at policy and if it is enacted how it will affect us," Hollenberger, 19, said. "We want people who disagree to be there. Part of being on a university campus is to learn the other side."
Except Horner is a denier. He wrote a book called Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed, which seems fairly self-explanatory to me. He's a "fellow" at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a notorious front group for big oil and tobacco interests that poses as a libertarian "think tank." He's not even a trained scientist, but a lawyer whose job has been to argue against scientists.

Horner is also something of an amateur astronomer:
"[The planet Pluto, which is warming up despite moving away from the sun], is a reminder that no matter where you are climate happens... There will be inevitably and likely imminent claims [by environmentalists] that mankind is also causing Plutonian global warming."
Like the orbits of Earth and Pluto are remotely comperable...

Here's Horner on the Daily Show, where he plugs his comedy book that makes fun of people who are silly enough to believe that humans actually impact their natural surroundings.

Dirty Hippies!

And that's basically Horner's shtick: he does no primary scientific research and argues against global warming like a lawyer who is arguing for a client in court. In this case his clients are energy concerns who have a vested interest in sowing doubt with science so as to prevent possible future government action in the form of regulation.


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