As you may have anticipated, my conversation with Mike Tobis at his weblog did not end well. After he was finished insulting me, he began insulting some of the people I link to, and I left in a hurry. My final remark to Tobis was that he was a blowhard and I didn’t want anything more to do with him.
(Steve Mosher and I have written a book about Climategate. You can buy it here.)
Too many conversations end up like this. I knew going in that this was the most likely end. After all, Tobis began this by calling me a bad guy and putting a picture of Jack Abramoff over my name. He quickly went downhill from there, pontificating about journalism and market research while showing he knows nothing about either field–and then insisting I should quite writing about climate change because I don’t have the right scientific background. Of course, he never asked about my scientific background… but there you go.
There are a number of sites on the internet that play by the same rules as Tobis, and you can find most of them on the blogroll of Real Climate, which apparently taught them all how to play the game. As I may have mentioned before, they are arrogant without much reason to be arrogant.
Tobis mentioned that he felt I was harming more than helping–and if that’s only true of his particular pet passion, I’m well-pleased. The guy’s a real jerk. But you would think that if he and his fellows were interested in setting the record straight, you wouldn’t start off by tossing ignorant and incorrect insults at the person whose behavior you’re trying to change.
Those most passionately interested in global warming started this struggle with overwhelming advantages. Most of the people in the developed world were very sympathetic to environmental issues, and activists had amassed considerable experience in advancing legislative and communications agendas through successful campaigns against air and water pollution. They have since also amassed considerable warchests, as energy companies have seen the light and began funding environmental NGOs (and apparently Al Gore and Rajendra Pachauri).
Any objective observer would have to marvel at how little they’ve done with these advantages. The number of people who support their position on global warming drops almost daily. Their political successes amount to ineffective emission controls in Europe and an unpopular program in California. Emissions continue to rise, they were unable to get their treaty in Copenhagen, and their poster boys are under investigation. Where did it all go wrong?
I think it pretty much starts with the attitude on display at Tobis’ weblog, and the others of his ilk. I guess, like the hard left so many of them came from, that purity of thought comes before progress. Obviously, Tobis does not need my vote or support–he’s a blogger, busy complaining about bloggers. But you’d think that someone would clue him in.
Well, it’s just one less page to visit.