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McCarthyism Not Dead

February 25, 2015

By Paul Homewood

 

 

Others have covered Roger Pielke Jnr’s run in with US Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) who is the ranking member of the House of Representatives Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Anyone who has not seen it, Roger has it on his blog here.

 

But just to bring home Stalinist nature of the “investigation”, I copy below the actual letter sent by Grijalva to the president of Pielke’s university.

 

 

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http://democrats.naturalresources.house.gov/sites/democrats.naturalresources.house.gov/files/Roger%20Pielke%2C%20Colorado.pdf

 

The threat is clear. If you dare to disagree with any part of Obama’s strategy, we will come after you.

 

As Roger concludes: 

 

The incessant attacks and smears are effective, no doubt, I have already shifted all of my academic work away from climate issues. I am simply not initiating any new research or papers on the topic and I have ring-fenced my slowly diminishing blogging on the subject. I am a full professor with tenure, so no one need worry about me — I’ll be just fine as there are plenty of interesting, research-able policy issues to occupy my time. But I can’t imagine the message being sent to younger scientists. Actually, I can: “when people are producing work in line with the scientific consensus there’s no reason to go on a witch hunt.”

When “witch hunts” are deemed legitimate in the context of popular causes, we will have fully turned science into just another arena for the exercise of power politics. The result is a big loss for both science and politics. 

 

Let’s hope the University of Colorado tell the Ranking Member exactly where he can shove his letter.

24 Comments
  1. February 25, 2015 7:06 pm

    There is only place for this letter to be deposited to, commonly know as the “round file” or “trash bin.” I wonder if a similar letter was sent to scientist who have been given government grants in the very same subject?

  2. A C Osborn permalink
    February 25, 2015 7:08 pm

    Apparently Judith Curry is on the list as well.
    This is absolutely disgraceful conduct and is obviously coming directly from Obama himself.
    To take this kind of action they must be getting a bit worried.

  3. mkelly permalink
    February 25, 2015 7:20 pm

    So Pielke caved in. He says not to worry about him but I do as he as thrown free speech down the rat hole.

  4. Kon Dealer permalink
    February 25, 2015 7:42 pm

    The “Greens” are showing their true “command and control” intolerance.
    They are the true heirs of Hitler and Stalin.

  5. Amr Marzouk permalink
    February 25, 2015 9:22 pm

    Sad state of affairs.

  6. Newsel permalink
    February 25, 2015 9:26 pm

    It is worth reading some of the comments on this subject on the Prof’s website and WUWT.

    I get the feeling that Prof. Pielke cannot believe he is being targeted just because he spoke the truth on impact versus skeptic or otherwise. Indignant maybe as he probably thought, with his support of CO2 Taxation that he was one of “them”.

    How does that saying go?

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    • February 26, 2015 9:26 pm

      A slight reworking of that warning…
      First they came for the Sceptics, and I celebrated —
      Because I was not a Sceptic and the planet hating b*$t@rds had it coming with their ‘anti-science’.
      Then they came for the Lukewarmers, and I did not speak out—
      Because Lukewarmers got in the way of ‘the true science’ of saving us from thermageddon.
      Then they came for the Activists, and I did not speak out
      Because I am a government scientist and I only used the schmucks for convenience.
      Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

      Leftards stop focusing on the right boot as the left one is aimed right at your head.

  7. 1saveenergy permalink
    February 25, 2015 9:45 pm

    Its never been about the science, its ALL about money, power & control. I pity our children & grandchildren for the political world they will inherit from us (the natural world will just carry on as normal).
    Any one with knowledge of history can see we are sleepwalking towards another 1930s style conflict…except this one will be a ‘hi-tech’ version.

  8. February 25, 2015 10:03 pm

    Thanks, Paul, for exposing changes in temperature data.

    AGW promoters lost the debate, and the reaction is worldwide. Inquisitions in the United States. Obama and Hillary officially charged as terrorists in Egypt?

    http://tomfernandez28.com/2015/02/25/breaking-news-hillary-and-obama-officially-charged-with-aiding-terrorists/comment-page-1/

  9. THX1138 permalink
    February 25, 2015 10:06 pm

    McCarthyism Not Dead, nor should it be, Why? Because McCarthy was correct, our government and industries were and ARE STILL infiltrated with communists. There is more to know, but, you cannot handle the truth.

  10. February 26, 2015 12:12 am

    THX1138 February 25, 2015 10:06 pm

    McCarthyism Not Dead, nor should it be, Why? Because McCarthy was correct, our government and industries were and ARE STILL infiltrated with communists. There is more to know, but, you cannot handle the truth.

    Please explain your obscene version of truth!

  11. February 26, 2015 12:48 am

    I disagree with the stance of Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr. on CO2 being the cause of the global warming that elevated the Earth’s global temperature some 0.5°C from 1975 to 1998.
    But I disagree even more with the stance of Representative Raúl Grijalva investigating Dr. Roger Pielke. His inquisitorial attitude will hamper climate research and US science in general.

  12. February 26, 2015 4:24 am

    So Pielke submits to the Alarmist Taliban
    “The incessant attacks and smears are effective, no doubt, I have already shifted all of my academic work away from climate issues. I am simply not initiating any new research or papers on the topic and I have ring-fenced my slowly diminishing blogging on the subject”

  13. February 26, 2015 4:33 am

    1. Greenblob may be hidimg something big ? Their standard technique is to divert the agenda and keep the skeptics on the defensive back foot, by getting in an attack first, instead if having to defend their own weak cases.
    2. Also Oreskes film comes out next week so coincident timing of stirring up conspiracy claims , will help with it’s publicity.

    • February 27, 2015 12:49 am

      A good rule is to look closely at the person shouting the loudest, rather than the person they are pointing at.

  14. RogueElement451 permalink
    February 26, 2015 10:50 am

    I have written this on Jo Nova’s site but thought I would share it here:-

    I believe it was Voltaire who knew how to deal with this,,,,,er,,,,

    “I am attending to my correspondence whilst at my toilet , your letter is presently before me, shortly it will be under me”

    What quite extraordinary behaviour from Raul M Grijalva.
    Those whom the gods wish to destroy , they first make mad.

  15. February 26, 2015 11:07 pm

    Alex H @USthermophysics 1:12 PM – 24 Feb 2015

    “Why didn’t Rep Raul Grijalva disclose the $78,854 he’s taken from environmental lobbying groups in his letters to Roger Pielke Jr. & curryja?

  16. pjb253 permalink
    February 27, 2015 3:19 am

    Having read American Betrayal by Diana West, I suspect McCarthy might have been right and we are using his name somewhat inappropriately.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_West

    • March 22, 2015 5:23 pm

      He was right, if inapt in his approach, of which the actual record has not been what people were told it was. There was lots of evidence at the time, subsequently corroborated from former Soviet archives. That little fact isn’t anywhere nearly as well known, for the ‘victors’ of that propaganda war don’t want people to know that.

  17. Ron C. permalink
    February 27, 2015 2:07 pm

    So warmists, no longer controlling the Senate with votes, now are intimidating potential witnesses from stating facts contrary to Global Warming Alarm. That would be witness tampering in a criminal proceeding, but apparently fair game in politics. We can only hope that the other side is as diligent in discovering the extent of environmental activist money funding alarmist proponents.

    Still, anyone deciding to testify in the upcoming Senate hearing better be ready for the hard questions (echoes of the past):

    “Are you confused between weather and climate change?”

    “Do you accept the writings of the UN IPCC as the scientific truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”

    “Are you now, or have you ever been a member of any organization that believes CO2 is only a harmless trace gas and is essential to plant life?”

    “Why is your carbon footprint so big?”

    How long have you been taking money from fossil fuel companies?

    “Do you advocate overthrowing the United States Climate by forcing or violence?”

    • February 27, 2015 11:02 pm

      That is very good The appropriate response to each question is of course.
      I no capisce , I no speaka da englitch, I yust been in this country a short distance.

  18. February 28, 2015 1:53 am

    Read M Stanton Evans book Blacklisted by History and let the TERM McCarthyism die as it was promoted by US Commies to smear McCarthy and it was quite successful, along with their other lies,.in destroying the man.

    Yeah, the same people who got McCarthy are now starting on Sceptics.

    American Betrayal is another excellent book on our problems, BUT, does not specifically address McCarthy and what he did compared to what he has been accused of. For those of you who think you know McCarthy through other writings, read the book and check the references. I believe you will find Mr. Evans did a far better job than all the academics who smeared McCarthy with their superficial regurgitation of propaganda.

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