Roger Pielke, Jr is a professor at Colorado University. He would probably would call himself a “lukewarmer” a label for those who believe that man has contributed to global warming but not necessarily leading to catastrophic climate in the near future. He is for a carbon tax which most of we skeptics do not think necessary.
Pielke has said that there is no apparent connection between the rise of atmospheric CO2 and hurricanes, tornados, droughts, or other “weather extremes”’. The IPCC ( the bible of the catastrophic global warming crowd) has said the same thing—although the warmers don’t like to spread that around. Pielke has said that the increased cost of weather damage is the result of escalating cost of buildings, houses and the like and the increase of people siting facilities on the coastlines. Insurance organizations have finally come to that same realization. So why is it that he has been the subject of scurrilous attacks by people paid to do so by John Podesta’s Center for American Progress (CAP)? Because he was publishing on sites where people were reading what he said. He also has testified at Congressional hearings where he discussed his points about “extreme weather”. Pielke was so severely attacked, including being investigated by a member of Congress, he quit doing his studies about climate.
Well, the plot to drive him out of the field has been uncovered through the WikiLeaks of John Podesta’s emails. From Pielke’s blog we get the following:
I haven’t had a chance to update this blog with anything related to the surprise (to me at least) at finding myself the subject of an email in the John Podesta email leaks from Wikileaks. That email revealed that an organization that was founded and led by Podesta, the Center for American Progress, engaged in a successful effort to have me removed as a writer at 538, the “data journalism” site created by Nate Silver.
The Boulder Daily Camera has a very good series of articles about the revelation that there was an organized political effort against me.
- Wikileaks revelations reveal campaign against Pielke;
- CAP denies campaign against Pielke, laughably;
- CU Boulder Board of Regents defends Pielke.
The multi-year campaign against me by CAP was partially funded by billionaire Tom Steyer, and involved 7 writers at CAP who collectively wrote more than 160 articles about me, trashing my work and my reputation. Over the years, several of those writers moved on to new venues, including The Guardian, Vox and ClimateTruth.org where they continued their campaign focused on creating an evil, cartoon version of me and my research.
Collectively, they were quite successful. The campaign ultimately led to me being investigated by a member of Congress and pushed out of the field.
Motivated by the leaked email, I counted the articles that CAP wrote about me over the years, shown below. To illustrate how significant a figure CAP thought I was — and how absolutely unhinged their campaign was against me — CAP wrote less than 200 articles over the same time period about George W. Bush, president of the United States. I was apparently viewed to be a pretty important guy to warrant all that negative attention!
There are other sites paid for by George Soros that are charged to do the same to any other important skeptics. They know that their theory is too weak to allow skeptics to challenge them. They seldom agree to debate and when they do they usually lose.
President Trump needs to “Drain The Swamp”.