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The Daily Caller has a particularly pitiful story on Harvard professor Naomi Oreskes, co-author of Merchants of Doubt, the book that explores how fossil fuel companies created climate denial by using the tobacco industry's playbook (and even some of the same spokespeople.)

Professor Oreskes has a new book out, discussed in Friday's Guardian, which is written from the perspective of historians in the year 2393 who are trying to figure out why humanity failed to combat climate change.

Of all the possible denier criticisms to leverage, the Daily Caller chose to focus on the unrelated fact that Professor Oreskes occasionally travels via airplane. They link to her CV, inexplicably claiming that it "outlines with a scholar's specificity her penchant to fly around the globe routinely."

They conclude the story by pointing out that since 2008, she's been to at least SIX other countries! Most cringe-worthy, however, are the comments, many of which focus more on her looks than even her flying. Clearly the Daily Caller and its audience are concerned with what really matters.

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  •  One of the Most Basic RW Critiques: (4+ / 0-)

    a champion of anything liberal has money, spends money, or is more educated than Jill & Joe Sixpack therefore is unqualified to speak for them.

    A few years ago the attacks were on Gore's mansion and its above average energy use.

    It's never said, and our corporate media never challenge on this basis, that these above-median champions would be forced to sacrifice more than almost everyone if their policies are enacted.

    That would make them --anyone? Beuhler??-- the opposite of hypocrites.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 06:44:07 AM PDT

    •  Criticism of Gore was a cheap shot (0+ / 0-)
      Al Gore, who was criticized for high electric bills at his Tennessee mansion, has completed a host of improvements to make the home more energy efficient, and a building-industry group has praised the house as one of the nation's most environmentally friendly.

      The former vice president has installed solar panels, a rainwater-collection system and geothermal heating. He also replaced all incandescent lights with compact fluorescent or light-emitting diode bulbs.

      "Short of tearing it down and staring anew, I don't know how it could have been rated any higher," said Kim Shinn of the U.S. Green Building Council, which gave the house its second-highest rating for sustainable design.

      Gore's improvements cut the home's summer electrical consumption by 11 percent compared with a year ago, according to utility records reviewed by The Associated Press. Most Nashville homes used 20 percent to 30 percent more electricity during the same period because of a record heat wave.

      Shinn said Gore's renovations are impressive because his home, which is more than 80 years old, had to meet the same rigorous standards as new construction.

      -- AP report by Erik Schelzig.

      Also, Gore buys electricity from the local Green Power Switch program, which supplies electricity generated by solar, wind, and not-so-green natural gas, also buys enough offsets to make his home/office carbon neutral, and was installing solar panels as of this 2009 snopes report.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 11:37:14 AM PDT

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  •  She does travel a lot, and that is great! (2+ / 0-)
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    houyhnhnm, Albanius

    She's a very effective speaker, who has a lot to say that people need to hear. That is some carbon-based fuel well spent.

    Some people think this sort of "gotcha" argument is really clever, but all it shows is that they don't have any real arguments at all.

    Babylon system is the vampire... ~Bob Marley

    by sfinx on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 06:54:03 AM PDT

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