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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Warmie To CEI: Convert Or Die!

Let's say you're Marlo. How would you like finding this in your email in-box?
Marlo –

You are so full of crap.

You have been proven wrong. The entire world has proven you wrong. You are the last guy on Earth to get it. Take this warning from me, Marlo. It is my intention to destroy your career as a liar. If you produce one more editorial against climate change, I will launch a campaign against your professional integrity. I will call you a liar and charlatan to the Harvard community of which you and I are members. I will call you out as a man who has been bought by Corporate America. Go ahead, guy. Take me on."
Marlo Lewis is a climate skeptic at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He's got a Ph.D. in government from Harvard, hence the Harvard threat. The email became front and center evidence at a Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee hearing, when Sen. James Inhofe waved it in the face of EPA administrator Stephen Johnson.

Johnson was Inhofe's target because the sender of the email was Michael Eckhart of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), an organization that sucks up to the public funding teat of EPA quite gluttonously -- and to the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce and Energy.

Eckhart, right, is just another pompous, anti-business, Warmie extremist schmuck who's all too willing to take money from corporations if it's filtered through the government first, via the IRS. "We want renewable energy to be in the tax code," Eckhart has said, in Big Governmentese for "Please subsidize my belief system, because it can't make it on its own."

He's a hardcore fundamentalist of the Warmie religion; hence his jihad against Lewis, who holds a different view. He subsequently issued a statement of "apology" with a pretty ridiculous excuse:
I apologize to all in the public who were offended by the email [but not to Lewis, apparently], because it was not intended for public display.
Threatening to destroy someone in private is OK, apparently; apologies are only needed if the threats are made public. Eckhart then goes on for 29 more paragraphs in his "apology," doing all he can to fulfill his threat to destroy Lewis' career: attacking his motives and honesty through hearsay and he said/she said, with no supporting evidence.

Once he's done with all this, he has the gall to say:
We must begin a nonpartisan, bi-partisan, and universal move forward to manage carbon in society and implement solutions in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, other non/low-carbon energy, and the management of oceans, biodiversity and forestation.
Don't you just love left-wing bipartisanship? Go on for a couple dozen paragraphs of vicious personal attacks and back-stabbing, then cry out for non-partisanship! From Harry Reid to Michael Eckhart, these guys don't know bipartisan from bicycle. But they do know how to threaten. Here's part of an email from Eckhart to Lewis' boss at CEI, Fred Smith, from last September:

I am writing to demand that you and CEI reverse course on [global warming], and do so loudly and publicly, within 30 days, or I will personally file on October 25, 2006, two complaints:

1. A complaint with the IRS to have CEI's tax exemption revoked, on the basis that CEI is really a lobbyist for the energy industry;

2. A complaint with Phi Beta Kappa that your key should be withdrawn for using your mathematical skills to do the world harm.
If Eckhart is so sure he is correct, why does he need to threaten to shut down his opponents? The answer is easy: This isn't about debate bipartisan discussions; it's about religion, fundamental Warmism. That's why Eckhart's behavior is so similar to the radical Islamists, who behead those who don't accept Islam.

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