This one pretty much completes my year:
In the wake of the tragic tsunami in Asia and Africa, a neocon climatologist -- one of that small bunch of climate change naysayers who seem to know more than the 3,000 or so Nobel laureates and other scientists who suggest that human activity just might, in fact, be altering the climate -- has condemned "environmental experts busily creating links between the recent tsunami and global warming."
Dr. Pat Michaels, a research professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia (and a scholar at the right-wing Cato Institute), issued a press release screed today saying, in part:
"Anyone who has the moral audacity to blame thousands of deaths caused by the Indian Ocean tsunamis on global warming is in grave contravention of well-known facts about changes in sea level in that region."
Problem is, I couldn't find a single claim -- by an "environmental expert" or anyone else -- made in the past week that connects the Indian Ocean tragedy with global warming. (Go ahead Google it for yourself)
Wait, it gets worse. Now comes "Henry Thornton," the nom de plume of a self-proclaimed "prominent economist," who blames the lack of an early-warning system in the Indian Ocean on "a lack of funding to earthquake science etc, since most science funds are being directed to "Global Warming." He adds . . .
. . . "the Greens and their fellow travellers must accept responsibility for the loss of life on December 27, 2004 from the tsunamis of that day."
A brilliant ploy: Condemn a ridiculous and outrageous claim by your opponents, or associate them with something for which they had no possible responsibility, thereby branding them as silly at best, dangerous at worse, despite the fact that you pretty much made the whole thing up.
Reminds me of a presidential election we had back in 2004 . . .