The Al Gore Climate Reality Event : A call to arms.
There’s an interesting proposal being made at Anthony Watt’s site WUWT to fight the upcoming Al Gore Climate Reality Event scheduled for Sept. 14th 2011. In essence, it suggests setting up a central resource which will contain quotes by global warming high priests. What’s being called for is your participation in digging out appropriate quotes with the correct attribution and source, and contributing them to the project.
The intent is that the collected information can act as an easy source of quotes for rebuttal posts to the MSM and blog articles hyping the event, which we all know will inevitably precede it.
I’ve already put my hand up to help out in any way I can but whether you decide to get involved and the degree of participation, is entirely up to you. If you’re not up for an unequal fight, this one is not for you.
There are not many active skeptics of global warming and this seems like a good strategy that utilises what limited assets we have. Go there, have a read and make your decision.
Whether anything comes from the initiative or not, I will be posting and commenting in the blogosphere as usual against the event. A reservation I have about it materialising or not is that there seems to be more discussion of it as an IT project rather than getting on with it; there’s only eight weeks to the event after all.
Either way, it’s worth thinking about where we can post the most effectively. Posting to rabid global warming sites is, as we all know, pointless; your comments will be censored and you’ll quickly be banned anyway. Posting to skeptic sites is easy but who will you be persuading there? Apart from the odd troll, who’s impervious to reason anyway, everybody there is already a skeptic.
A good short comment on the online edition of your national MSM organ will have a bigger audience, most of whom would be termed unaligned on the global warming issue and therefore more liable to be persuaded of the merits of the skeptic viewpoint. I’ve certainly noticed in the last year that dissenting comments have become more likely to be published even under MSM churnalism pieces; they drive hits a lot more than the usual self-righteous sheep-like comments of the warmists.
Finally, if you do decide to give it a go, then let’s be safe out there. While there’s no decision made as to where the central information may be held, if you’re going to be contributing your favourite quotes, it might be by email. We live in a very hackable world and although I’m sure precautions will be taken to protect contributors, I’d suggest you set up a one-off work email in Gmail or Hotmail to forward your material.
As usual, we’re up against the MSM juggernaut and have to have realistic expectations about what can be achieved but as Randall Patrick McMurphy memorably said, “At least I tried”. I’m going to try too.
UPDATE: It’s not that I’m a pessimist but the building of the great quote library of Alexandria looks to be going the way of all things computer so in the interim, hang your favourite OTT quotes on this post here.
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