Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fred Barnes Uses the McCain Gambit on Global Warming

Remember John McCain claiming he knew how to get Bin Laden? Funny how that hasn't happened yet, which means he was either lying, mistaken, or is being a sore loser and refuses to tell the rest of us (an option I think highly unlikely). What this was, obviously, was a case of McCain giving us a good dose of MSU.

Now here comes Fred Barnes doing the same thing with regard to global warming:

"The more the case for man-made warming falls apart, the more hysterical Gore gets about an imminent catastrophe."

Muckraker was all over that:

"We hadn't heard anything lately about the case for man-made global warming falling apart. In fact, just the opposite. So we called Barnes and asked him what he was referring to.

At first, he cited the fact that it's been cold lately.

Perhaps sensing this was less than convincing, Barnes then asserted that there had been a 'cooling spell' in recent years. 'Haven't you noticed?' he asked.

Asked for firmer evidence of such cooling, Barnes demurred, telling TPMmuckraker he was too busy to track it down.

We pressed Barnes again: surely he could tell us where he had found this vital new information, which could upend the current debate over how to address global warming.

In response, Barnes said only that he knew where he had found it, but would not tell us, apparently as a matter of principle. 'I'm not going to do your research for you,' he eventually said, before hurriedly ending the call.

In other words, Barnes, like McCain, was talking out of his ass. He has no evidence that global warming isn't happening, it was just parroting his given political position on the issue. Again, relish the irony of the party of family values being so rife with boldfaced liars, or worse, people with no respect for reality at all.

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