Friday, July 07, 2006

Get one fact straight

Could it be true that:
Ebell is polished and personable, obviously intelligent, and comes off sounding so reasonable that a hapless reporter can begin to second-guess himself.

Most of our interview consisted of Ebell smothering me in data that would have left me fact-checking for weeks, even if I had managed to write it all down.
As those already in the hell-hole that is the Myron Ebelll climate know, every claim that Ebell makes is a lie.

In those rare cases where he is forced to speak the truth, you will always find that he has lied in the past.

Let's take the first Ebellian statement this reporter thought he heard:
Global warming is real. CO2 emissions play a significant role.
You don't have to go far back to find his BBC interview where Ebell said that Global Warming was a fraud perpetrated by European government funded scientific stooges. Also, in his sadly discontinued Boneheads Newsletter, he wrote the paragraph:
Professor Oleg Sorokhtin from the RAS's Institute of Oceanography was quoted by TASS as saying that, "The Kyoto Protocol is not needed at all, as even considerable emissions of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have almost no effect on the Earth's temperature but contribute to agricultural productivity and to the restoration of forest resources."
while appearing to imply that he accepted this as true.

We move on to the next lie...

No, we don't need to move on to the next lie.

Why should we waste time fact checking everything Ebell says? We only need to show that he is a liar once, and then everything he says can be canned forthwith. Not one word can be trusted, so you might as well find the facts for yourself in the first place. If there was any merit to his argument, he wouldn't need to lie, would he? Case closed.

Finally, a big thumbs up to the reporter who acknowledged making a correction to his article, rather than fitting it in silently. The footnote said:
We incorrectly stated that Ebell was a former lobbyist for ExxonMobil. He was a lobbyist for a coalition of grassroots property rights groups. Wired News regrets the error.
I'd say that "grass-roots" is an interesting term to use for a tobacco and oil funded wank tank. However, there is evidence that this correction was made at the behest of Ebell, because it moves the statement away from the truth. The true fact would be:

Myron Ebell is currently a lobbyist for Exxon.

Only the money and employment contract have been laundered through the rat-hole that is the CEI in an attempt to distract the easily fooled. It's kind of like CIA agents who get arrested in a foreign country doing something severely embarrassing. They get officially disowned. They were working on their own initiative without authority. We only flew him in with the guns and the maps.

Yeah right.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It figures that Ebell can't keep his facts or lies straight. After telling so many lies, it must be hard to remember everything and stay consistent. How lovely that he's destroying the planet for our kids and future generations.

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