It’s been long time since I featured one of these, but this one from James Delingpole’s blog really hit home for me. This comment from Amanda was about my exposing the video produced by Al Gore.
In my dad’s words: ‘GORE AND THE GANG’….
I forwarded the link to WUWT and Watts’s ‘re-enactment’ to my father. Dad, bless him, saw An Inconvenient Truth and has been firmly in the combat-global-warming camp for ages.
He told me that he was very impressed with the detail and painstaking correctness of Watt’s reconstruction. What he was not impressed by was the original experiment and Al Gore. In addition, he mentioned to me ‘that bunch in Norfolk’, even though I didn’t bring them up myself.
When someone like my dad (a mechanical engineer, now retired, and a man that does not like to be manipulated or hoodwinked) finally calls these scientists ‘bums’, then you know there’s trouble afoot.*
His last comment to me was ‘Presumably, Gore and the gang will respond in depth to this. If they remain silent, that of itself, will tell us enough’.
*His actual words, which are beautiful to me: ‘Golly, that man went to a lot of trouble to investigate those video clips. As you say, very smart set of deductions. Something like that, when exposed, then makes one wonder about some of the other basic assumptions. It is too bad, in a way, and reminds me of that bunch in Norfolk who were supposedly the custodians of climatic data, and the bums fudged /suppressed data – not good for so-called scientists. That act alone, undermines what folks were trying to achieve in terms of mitigating global warming’.
Of course, I myself am not convinced about the ‘global warming’, and specifically that it is man-made, much less that we should hobble our political freedoms and economic powers in a likely fruitless attempt to remedy it. But for someone like my dad, this is a major statement of newfound skepticism. And I am certain, in his case and for many millions of other people, it is only the beginning.
That my friends, is enlightenment, and is the best tribute I could ever have.