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A snapshot of leading Canadian anti-science newspaper rhetoric, February 21st, 2010. 

Lorrie Goldstein in The Sun:

Ten uses of the label “warmists”, including three “global warmists” and one “Canada’s warmist media”.

More verbose:

  • “…intellectual heirs of Chicken Little”.

 

Lorne Gunter in The Edmonton Journal:

Six uses of “alarmists”, including one “climate alarmists” and one “IPCCs alarmists”.

One use of “True Believers”.

Accusatory:

  • “…key climate scientists and the United Nations IPCC have corrupted the scientific process”.
  • “NASA’s climate scientists have hardly more credibility than the CRUs or IPCCs alarmists”.

 

Rex Murphy in the National Post:

Garrulous:

  • “…the Al Gore contingent of The Science is Settled and The Himalayan Glaciers are Toast Church of Global Warming (pre-Climategate Division)”
  • “…post-Climategate-desperate campaigners of the tattered global warming crusade”
  • “…preening carbon-footprint eco-priests”
  • “…carbon footprint heresiarchs”
  • “The IPCC has less prestige now than the Golden Globes”
  • “The IPCC chairman is a rude, busy man who writes erotic novels”.

 

This is the quality of our public discourse on climate change: name calling and flinging accusations and insults, by commenters with a wicked anti-science streak. Edifying and enlightening, it is not.

And how ridiculous that Goldstein would call the Canadian media ‘warmist’, when it prints articles like these almost every single day, in newspapers all across the country. ‘Warmist’? Not from where I’m sitting.

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