My all-time favorite quote from Professor Michael Mann - the guy who invented the notoriously inaccurate and much-mocked Hockey Stick - is this:
It’s literally like a battle between a Marine and a Cub Scout when it comes to the scientists defending themselves. We obviously don’t have the resources, we don’t have the experience, we haven’t been trained, we’re not public relations experts like they are, we’re not lawyers and lobbyists like they are – we’re scientists, we’re trained to do science. So it’s like a classic example of asymmetric warfare, and that’s really the way we should think about this.
Do you see what Mikey is doing here? He's creating a false picture in the unwitting listener's head of a world dominated by two factions: on the one hand, the noble, pitifully underfunded, plucky, doughty, Luke'n'Chewbacca'n'Han'n'PrincessLeia-like scientific freedom fighters who believe in Man(-n) Made Global Warming; on the other, the evil, Big-Oil, Big-Carbon, Big-Koch, all-powerful, Death-Star-like denialist lobby which at every turn seeks to frustrate the hard work brave men like Michael Mann in their quest to save the planet from the Greatest Threat It Has Ever Known.
Read my book Watermelons and you'll find out why this is bunk.
And then read this to see how shamelessly the Warmist lobby continues to spread this ludicrous meme.
Briefly, it's about how environmental activists - cheerled by a newspaper which need not detain you, the Guardian - have been harassing a small pressure group the Global Warming Policy Foundation with FOI requests to make it reveal its funding sources.
But here's the thing: the amount spent by government agencies, by the UN, by the EU and by green activist groups such as the WWF, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace funding environmental propaganda is vastly greater than the paltry sums spent supporting the case for climate realism, scientific integrity and considered cost benefit analysis. According to Australian blogger Jo Nova, the differential is about 3,500 to 1 in favor of the eco-alarmists.
Cub Scouts v Marines? Mann was right enough about that one. Except it's guys like me who are the Cub Scouts, more's the pity.