|The Original Red Team: Comrade State Security Colonel Putin, (far right)|
is using glorious people's AK-47 to encourage Left Deviationists to toe new Party Line
“This is a great day for the environment, the American people, and the economy—which will soon no longer be crippled by totally insane regulations, including the idea that humans exhale a pollutant with their every breath,”
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas !” chimed in another Heartland researcher last Pearl Harbor Day.From the generally sensible Niskanen Institute, long suspected of harboring Scientific Republicans and even critical readers of Scientific American, to rambling wrecks from Georgia Tech who admire Pruitt for thinking that the Law is the Queen of the Sciences, with petroleum geology a close second, many agree we need broader policy horizons than the partisan dreams of climate activists marching in lockstep, left and right.
Many climatistas seem to span the subscription spectrum from The Nation to The Guardian, and respect dissent less than Lenin with a hangover. In high marxistante dudgeon, Climate Maoists and Naomi Klein fans, from La Jolla to La Paz, have joined past generations of their ilk in denouncing enemies of the revolution as deserving of jail, if not liquidation.
But haven't we been down the climate Red Team road before?
Having listened with great respect, but some puzzlement to Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT’s cogent expression of his views on global warming, two public-spirited and authentically skeptical Kansan graduates of that institution opted a few years ago to fund a Red Team exercise of their own.
They called in a Berkeley professor, skeptical as themselves as to the global temperture record, and as astute and scientifically accomplished as Lindzen himself, and asked him to dissect the issue anew. So his diligent Left Coast crew delved into the temperature record , including one Willard Watts contention that badly sited thermometer stations were behind the apparent rise, and did a goodly amount of research, and gigabytes of analysis, statistical and dimensional.
Whereupon Professor Richard Muller announced that his Red Team had changed his mind, and to a degree that might have cost him his head in the court of the Red Queen or the White, let alone the looking glass world of K-Street. He concluded the meteorological common wisdom was indeed true- there was no decline for erstwhile ‘Climate Skeptics‘ to hide behind. Global temperatures urban and rural, wet and dry, were going up, not down or sideways as some die hards still contended:As that was good enough for the sponsors of the exercise, the fossil fuel rich and worldly-wise MIT educated brothers Koch, why should us taxpayers pay for an instant replay ? Certainly not on the say-so of some far oilier oil patch folks, the former Chief Scientist of that great Koch competitor, British Petroleum, and a West Wing afraid to listen to anything more sciency than an ex-Attorney General of Oklahoma pontificating on Breitbart :