Herr John Cook Self Portrait

John Cook: Climate Deniers Falsely Claim Activists are Anti-Freedom

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Dr. Willie Soon; Quoted in a USA Today call for social media censorship, John Cook, who once thought it amusing to self portrait himself as a NAZI officer, is outraged people could believe that climate activists want to restrict freedom.

Climate change denial on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok is ‘as bad as ever’

Jessica Guynn
USA TODAYAD0:14

The climate is changing, but misinformation about it on the major social media platforms is not. 

Climate change falsehoods, hoaxes and conspiracy theories are still prevalent on Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube despite pledges to crack down, a new report says.

Social media posts and videos denying climate change, disputing its causes, or underplaying its effects not only can still be found on these platforms, they are often missing warning labels or links to credible information, according to Advance Democracy, a research organization that studies misinformation.

Climate scientists say they’re frustrated by the lack of progress in stemming the tide of climate change misinformation. For years, they’ve urged social media companies to identify, flag and take down the misinformation and the accounts that spread it.

But, says Michael Mann, director of Penn State University’s Earth System Science Center and author of “The New Climate War,” “it’s as bad as ever.

John Cook, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Climate Change Communication Research Hub at Monash University who advises Facebook, says the proliferation of climate misinformation on social media reflects the torrent of misinformation coming from a combination of science denial and skepticism about climate policy and renewable fuels and technologies. 

One element of climate misinformation that seems to be particularly prominent on social media is culture war type posts that attempt to paint people concerned about climate change as belonging to some separate social group intent on impinging on people’s freedoms,” Cook said. “This is a particularly damaging form of misinformation as it exacerbates public polarization on climate change, making progress more difficult.”

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2022/01/21/climate-change-misinformation-facebook-youtube-twitter/6594691001/

Calling the claim that activists want to restrict our freedom “misinformation” is beyond absurd, given John Cook attacked such claims in the context of the USA Today call for social media to be censored.

To be fair, John Cook himself appears to steer carefully around the issue of censorship. But he wants social media companies to tag climate “misinformation”, to do more to push people towards his viewpoint.

Cook’s claim climate activists do not want to restrict freedom is not supported by the evidence. There are plenty of very public climate activist attacks on freedom in mainstream media:

  1. Climate censorship – USA Today (current article), Reuters (h/t Dr. Soon), Facebook, BBC, Facebook (Again), Elizabeth Warren, …
  2. Call for a Permanent climate lockdown.
  3. Green attacks on democracy – Foreign Policy, Financial Times, The Conversation, The Conversation (again), The Guardian, The Hill, Science Mag, James Hansen, …
  4. Economic de-growth – NYT, Sci Tech Daily, The New Federalist, The Tablet (Laudato Si), Ted Talks, The Guardian, …
  5. Shut down capitalism – The Guardian, Vice (UN), …
  6. Penalties for climate skepticism – University of Graz, Carbon brief, NZ Herald, …
  7. Restrict dietary choices – University of London, PLoS One, All3dP, The Guardian (UN), UN, Washington Post, …

This is just a small sample of public calls for freedom to be restricted, democracy to be dismantled, or “climate deniers” to be punished for expressing an opinion, but I think I have demonstrated my point.

  1. A significant number of high profile climate activists want to restrict your freedom.
  2. A significant number of climate activists want to punish anyone who publicly disagrees with their views on climate change, either by annotating or censoring their social media posts, shutting down social media accounts, or in a few cases by imposing criminal penalties.
  3. A significant number of climate activists want to restrict economic growth and capitalism, effectively undermining the right of ordinary people to start their own business.

This censorship narrative should be too absurd to be considered, but in today’s world of out of control wokeness, climate catastrophism, cancel culture and lockdown mania, our freedoms are in peril. In my opinion the freedoms we take for granted could be taken from us, if narratives promoted by the likes of Herr John Cook and Michael Mann prevail.

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Tom Halla
January 23, 2022 6:12 pm

If the “fact checking” was honest, and not the leftist swamp it currently is, both Cook and Mann would be flagged as persons who are compulsively disputacious, and have minimal regard for the lack of rigor of their claims.

Nigel in California
Reply to  Tom Halla
January 23, 2022 7:53 pm

Disputatious.

Bryan A
Reply to  Nigel in California
January 23, 2022 8:59 pm

I believe there’s a misspelling in the title sentence
John Cook: Climate Deniers Falsely Claim Activists are Anti-Freedom
John Cook Kook: Climate Deniers Falsely Claim Activists are Anti-Freedom
There, fixed it

Last edited 4 months ago by Bryan A
Oldseadog
Reply to  Bryan A
January 24, 2022 12:19 am

Maybe John Crook?

Eric Vieira
Reply to  Oldseadog
January 24, 2022 1:44 am

When I hear about him, I would rather Book the John …

Gary Ashe
Reply to  Oldseadog
January 24, 2022 2:02 am

It is Heir Cook, hth.

Doug Huffman(@doughuffman)
Reply to  Nigel in California
January 24, 2022 3:21 am

Yep, a good word that needs to be in common use.

Forrest Gardener
January 23, 2022 6:16 pm

Propaganda mission accomplished. Now Cook et al have successfully caused an article to be written on WUWT denying that rational people think he and his fellow travelers are anti-freedom.

I think Cook et al are anti-science and power crazed loons whose personal wealth depends on government largesse. When I think of them the last thing on my mind is whether they are pro-freedom or anti-freedom.

I simply encourage people not to swallow the agitprop attempts hook, line and sinker.

fretslider
Reply to  Forrest Gardener
January 24, 2022 4:49 am

“Propaganda mission accomplished. Now Cook et al have successfully caused an article to be written on WUWT”

Can’t we discuss the latest antics of this most egregious of persons?

Is there anybody here in the comments standing up for Cook’s mad ideas?

Forrest Gardener
Reply to  fretslider
January 24, 2022 5:58 pm

Discuss what you like. My opinion is that Cook was just running this up the flag pole to see who saluted.

January 23, 2022 6:18 pm

John Cook saying that activists want to restrict people’s freedom is rather like the pot calling the refrigerator black.

LdB
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
January 24, 2022 3:19 am

So if he doesn’t want to restrict our freedoms we are free to burn all the fossil fuels we want?

John mate the thing about a prohibition is by definition a prohibition all the Nick Stokes stupidity in the world can’t redefine that.

Duane
January 23, 2022 6:19 pm

“Thou dost protest too much.”

Why are you warmunists so afraid and outraged that different opinions are expressed? If the rightness of your True Believerism is so self evident then you should ignore contrary opinions like water flowing off the proverbial duck’s back.

But of course, you KNOW your propaganda is bullshit and thus cannot tolerate it being exposed.

Which is exactly all dictatorships always do.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Duane
January 24, 2022 12:27 am

Truth does not mind being questioned.
Liars hate it.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
January 24, 2022 3:43 am

Yes, it’s only the Liars who want to control the conversation.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 24, 2022 8:07 am

Especially those who are too easily emotionally manipulated to know that they are repeating lies. Those like Cook who should know better are either too stupid to discern fact from fantasy or are just evil narcissists who don’t care that the lies they spew to satisfy their ego will destroy the free world.

DonK31
Reply to  Duane
January 24, 2022 7:59 am

Without freedom of speech, how would we know who the idiots are?

Prjindigo
January 23, 2022 6:23 pm

Anybody perpetuating terror of a falsehood to simply keep a paycheck is an enemy of freedom.

It doesn’t matter if global warming is real or not; due to the methods they use and the fabricated nature of the examples they claim they’re terrorists and frauds perpetuating their employment and an invasive political agenda that leads to luddism.

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Alan the Brit
Reply to  Prjindigo
January 23, 2022 11:58 pm

A slight correction if you don’t mind? Global Warming is real, the ONLY element in dispute is or are the causes of said warming!!! My old geology books frequently mention how the Earth’s climate has changed over 4.5 billion years either warming or cooling!!! My personal view is that it is caused by that huge fusion generator in the sky, although here in the UK we don’t tend to see too much of it but when we do, it’s glorious!!! As I have pointed out on several occasions over the years, ask yourself one simple question, that being “What is the final solution to alleged manmade global warming, (or the more all-encompassing “Climate Change” in which it doesn’t matter which direction the temperature goes it’s all mankind’s fault, i.e. free-enterprise capitalism),” that solution is the creation & establishment of a one-world global guvment, un-elected, un-democratic, un-accountable, & un-sackable, run by pen-pushers, all self-appointed of course!!!

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Alan the Brit
January 24, 2022 3:24 am

Global Warming is real trivial and beneficial.
Fixed it.

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
January 24, 2022 6:35 am

Global warming is real, trivial, and beneficial.
Fixed it for you. 😉

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Prjindigo
January 24, 2022 3:45 am

“Anybody perpetuating terror of a falsehood to simply keep a paycheck is an enemy of freedom.”

I would say they are an enemy of the whole world. Their climate change lies are damaging to everyone who believes them.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 24, 2022 10:11 am

Actually, Tom, CliSciFi lies are hugely beneficial to politicians, members of the Deep State, academics and their institutions, NGOs, crony capitalists, ChiComs, intersectional free riders, elites everywhere & etc. It is the common citizen paying for CliSciFi insanities in higher taxes, stagflation and loss of freedom. [NB: Stagflation is the situation where inflation occurs despite a contracting economy. The practical consequence for the individual is that he pays more for everything while simultaneously losing his job.]

Len Werner
January 23, 2022 6:31 pm

Does anyone else research the definitions and descriptions of mass hysteria and narcissistic personality disorder? It makes for such blatantly obvious understanding–60 seconds of reading will have you exclaiming ‘Mann, does that ever make sense!–you couldn’t Cook this stuff up!’

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/narcissistic-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20366662

Forrest Gardener
Reply to  Eric Worrall
January 24, 2022 6:04 pm

Agreed Eric. Have you ever seen Cook do anything other than pushing the envelope of the absurd?

The question is how rational people can best deal with people like Cook.

Rocketscientist
Reply to  Forrest Gardener
January 25, 2022 10:19 am

“how rational people can best deal with people like Cook.”

Ignore them, and tell as many others as possible to do the same.

Reply to  Len Werner
January 24, 2022 1:12 am

Well played.

MarkW
January 23, 2022 6:41 pm

Since nobody ever had the right to do anything the left wing activists tell them to do, forcing people to do as the left wing activists want does not restrict freedom.
I only wish that was sarcasm.

observa
January 23, 2022 6:43 pm

This censorship narrative should be too absurd to be considered, but in today’s world of out of control wokeness, climate catastrophism, cancel culture and lockdown mania, our freedoms are in peril. In my opinion the freedoms we take for granted could be taken from us, if narratives promoted by the likes of Herr John Cook and Michael Mann prevail.

It’s just not good enough to clean the universities out of impure thoughts. You have to expunge them from the internet too-
Jordan Peterson: DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, EQUITY (DIE) MUST DIE – The International Chronicles

pflashgordon
Reply to  observa
January 24, 2022 8:43 am

Wow! Everyone, I mean everyone, no matter your viewpoints, should read this Jordan Peterson essay.

MarkW
January 23, 2022 6:46 pm

A college professor somewhere declared yesterday that the word “professionalism” is racist, because he believes that the word has been used in the past to silence minorities. (Of course he couldn’t provide any examples.)

Edit: Found the link
https://www.foxnews.com/us/washington-university-in-st-louis-professionalism-is-racist

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Sunsettommy(@sunsetmpoutlookcom)
Editor
January 23, 2022 6:50 pm

Dweebs like him repeat the LIE that “skeptics” deny climate change and promote censorship it is always a sign of a closed mind.

gbaikie
January 23, 2022 7:04 pm

It seems the only people even aware of John Cook are the people he insults.

I know nothing much about him other he is one of many many twits. 
I would guess he probably thinks Hilter was a genius, and wants hang out with
other people he imagines are as smart.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Eric Worrall
January 24, 2022 12:27 am

Another lie.

DJ in De
Reply to  Eric Worrall
January 24, 2022 5:34 am

“Cook is responsible for the 97% consensus claim”

Actually the 97% consensus claim predates Cook, going back to a 2009 paper by Doran and Zimmerman. Cook et al revived the claim by surveying abstracts of published papers, and (falsely) fabricated a second 97% claim.

Doran and Zimmerman examined two questions on a survey sent out to over 10,000 scientists and engineers.

The two climate related questions were pretty generic, and could be answered ‘yes’ by respondents on all sides of the climate discussion.

There were 3000+ responses to the survey. D and Z eliminated responses down to only 97 responses deemed to be true published climate scientists. That gave them 95 of 97 ‘correct’ responses, resulting in 95/97 as 97%.

This blog link discusses Doran and Zimmerman in more detail and covers it fairly accurately as best I remember the details.

https://elonionbloggle.blogspot.com/2020/07/fake-consensus-survey-b-doran-zimmerman.html

DJ in De
Reply to  DJ in De
January 24, 2022 6:56 am

Edit to my comment.
….. eliminated responses down to only 79 (not 97) …
That gave them 77 of 79 … as 97%.

sorry, got my 79s and 97s switched in the earlier post, but message is the same; the 97% of scientists was based on a very small cherry picked sample.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  gbaikie
January 23, 2022 10:55 pm

Now I would never insult Hitler Cook by comparing him to Cook Hitler and suggesting that great minds think alike, but see if this excerpt from the Nuremberg trials sounds fitting:

Nuremberg Trials Day 84 (Blue Book, Vol IX):

MR. JUSTICE JACKSON: The principles of the authoritarian government which you set up required, as I understand you, that there be tolerated no opposition by political parties which might defeat or obstruct the policy of the Nazi Party?

GOERING: You have understood this quite correctly. By that time we had lived long enough with opposition and we had had enough of it. Through opposition we had been completely ruined. It was now time to have done with it and to start building up.

MR. JUSTICE JACKSON: After you came to power, you regarded it necessary, in order to maintain power, to suppress all opposition parties?

GOERING: We found it necessary not to permit any more opposition, yes.

https://www.rockyhigh66.org/nuremberg/

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Mike McMillan
January 24, 2022 3:53 am

“GOERING: We found it necessary not to permit any more opposition, yes.”

That’s the way all authoritarians think.

That’s the way the radical Democrats in the U.S. think.

Given the opportunity, the Democrats would not permit any opposition, either. They are working hard at attaining that end even now, but it looks like they are going to come up a little short of attaining full control of the opposition. The elections are less than a year away now. Time is running out for the authoritarian, radical Democrats.

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Dave Fair
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 24, 2022 10:18 am

Don’t worry, Tom, their Leftist, Deep State and MSM buddies will work to pull their fat out of the fire.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Dave Fair
January 24, 2022 6:00 pm

I’m sure they will, but I think they have a big job in front of them. I don’t think the Democrats will be successful at stealing the 2022 election.

John Power
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 26, 2022 4:15 am

“I don’t think the Democrats will be successful at stealing the 2022 election.”
 
How can anyone be sure of that? Those who control the voting technology and method can control the outcome of the vote.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  gbaikie
January 24, 2022 3:27 am

He knows that Hitler was very good at fact checking.

Mike
January 23, 2022 7:40 pm

Climate change denial on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok is ‘as bad as ever’

Climate change alarmism on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok is as bad as ever.

commieBob
January 23, 2022 8:02 pm

If someone wrote such a story as fiction, I would describe it as Rabelaisian:

… marked by gross robust humor, extravagance of caricature, or bold naturalism …

link

If I were an editor, I would reject such a story as being way too far over the top.

The loony left is so badly detached from reality that they really are literally (literally not figuratively) crazy.

gringojay
January 23, 2022 8:06 pm

You can check out, but you can never leave:

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Tom Abbott
Reply to  gringojay
January 24, 2022 4:04 am

Maybe ole Trump will take some of that monopoly power away from the radical, leftist social media platforms.

Devin Nunes is heading up the effort to create a public forum that is not censored. I guess that means even nutty leftists can have their say there.

You don’t have to censor nutty leftists, Devin. The consevatives will keep them in line and in reality. Kind of like happens here at WUWT. We don’t need to censor alarmists, we just call them out for not having any evidence to back up their claims, and they dutifully shut up, for a time.

Damon
January 23, 2022 8:25 pm

John Cook left a job as Assistant Research Professor at George Mason to take up a Post-Doc at Monash? Next step-cartoonist at Skeptical Science?

Gregg Eshelman
Reply to  Damon
January 24, 2022 12:05 am

I used to read his “Sev Trek” webcomic, despite the character style being essentially copied from the Simpsons.

commieBob
Reply to  Damon
January 24, 2022 5:46 am

It’s typical to get a job that isn’t tenured. You then have a few years to get tenure or get out.

If I had to guess (’cause I’m too lazy to research it) I’d say that’s what happened to Cook.

There’s a glut of PhDs. Cook may be lucky he got anything. There are loads of people who get stuck teaching part-time forever.

Dave Fair
Reply to  commieBob
January 24, 2022 10:34 am

“…. and those that can’t teach go into politics.” It’s simply the next career step for Heir Cook. The lavishly Leftist-funded Skeptical Science (SkS) is not doing too well in the blogosphere compared to Anthony’s shoe-string WUWT. But, then again, a cartoonist at SkS is the true scientist according to Lysenko … er, Mann. [Looking at the graph (Wegman?) of Mann being at the center of the CliSciFi paleo-web one is reminded of Lysenko’s central position in Soviet science.]

Steve Case
January 23, 2022 8:50 pm

To be fair, John Cook himself appears to steer carefully around the issue of censorship.
______________________________________________________________________

I’ve been banned from posting at his Skeptical Science web site since 2012. .

Steve Case
Reply to  Eric Worrall
January 23, 2022 11:22 pm

Well maybe he doesn’t explicitly call for it, but Skeptical Science will ban you if they don’t like what you have to say.

Skeptical Science didn’t ban me, they said, “Moderator Response: [DB] Mr. Case has decided to recuse himself from further participation in this venue. Apologies for the distraction. LINK

Not only was I banned, but for the longest time I was banned from viewing the Skeptical Science web site. Not sure how they did that, but if I clicked on an SK link, I got an access denied message.

Peta of Newark
January 23, 2022 10:06 pm

They want to clamp down on what folks simply just talk about and THEN claim they are The Freedom Party

How crazy, mad, insane and surreal can anything possibly get?

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Peta of Newark
January 23, 2022 10:24 pm

Reply to PS
Timing is everything – posted the above and then discovered this – from the BBC of all places and telling us that ‘Science is all about questions’

From the BBC ffs!
This really is madness going on in the world right now, it truly is

Hopefully the video works for folks outside the UK…..
https://www.bbc.co.uk/ideas/videos/why-getting-things-wrong-is-good-for-science/p09mb351

edit to add even more, there IS hope:
Headline:The people deciding to ditch their smartphones
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60067032

Sorry John Cook, people are switching off your junk science, garbage and other shyte. You’ve overdone it. ha ha ha

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Reply to  Peta of Newark
January 24, 2022 6:13 am

On the BBC video “Why getting things wrong is good for science” I did find a copy on FB that is viewable in the US:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=368478881457174

The issue my browser had with the BBC hosted video was concerning player incompatibility, as I’m still running Win Xp and the Mypal browser (which surprisingly still works on most websites including YT except for their “movies”, as it works for normal content) …

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Gregg Eshelman
January 24, 2022 12:01 am

“Climate Change Communication Research Hub at Monash”

Can I make up something like that and give myself a degree in it?

Don’t ever forget that before John Cook hopped on the AGW bandwagon his thing was author and artist of the SciFi parody webcomic “Sev Trek”. When he started his AGW website he quit doing the webcomic, placing an explanatory page there with a link to his new site.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Gregg Eshelman
January 24, 2022 4:08 am

I guess there is more money in promoting scary climate change lies.

Hokey Schtick
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 24, 2022 5:11 am

Just replaced one cartoon version of reality for another.

fretslider
January 24, 2022 1:00 am

“is outraged people could believe that climate activists want to restrict freedom.“

Yet that’s what his team say – democracy gets in the way; lock them up etc

And Parncutt’s death penalty

Cook has a memory problem

Last edited 4 months ago by fretslider
January 24, 2022 1:08 am

Oh, bruh (short for “Oh, brother” today) – why are ppl like Cook *always* the first ones to deny, then later the last ones to ‘find out’ the truth? Has this ‘worldwide bout’ (especially the govt response to it) with Covid-19 _not_ taught his kind anything? (Ans: NO. And on purpose. They *only* want to be the ones in power doing the ‘controlling’.)

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Ed Zuiderwijk
January 24, 2022 1:26 am

Many people ‘concerned sbout climate change’ are indeed in a special group: the one of the stupid and gullible ones.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
January 24, 2022 10:41 am

No, Ed, they in the “mean girl” special group that is using the stupid and gullible for personal and ideological gain.

Tom Abbott
January 24, 2022 3:17 am

From the article: “John Cook: Climate Deniers Falsely Claim Activists are Anti-Freedom”

John Cook is the one who spawned the Lie that 97 percent of climate scientists believe humans are changing the climate with their CO2.

The real figure was less than one percent. John Cook is a Climate Change Liar of the First Order.

Joseph Zorzin
January 24, 2022 3:19 am

Nobody should be “fact checking” social media platforms. It’s outrageous. It’s about time they fact check idiotic supposed peer reviewed science. We now know that much peer reviewed science is trash.

Tom Abbott
January 24, 2022 3:21 am

From the article: “Climate change falsehoods, hoaxes and conspiracy theories are still prevalent on Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube despite pledges to crack down, a new report says.

Well then, tell the climate alarmists to stop spreading all those falsehoods, hoaxes, and conspiracy theories about CO2. And tell them to stop lying about skeptics.

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Tom Abbott
January 24, 2022 3:27 am

From the article: “Climate scientists say they’re frustrated by the lack of progress in stemming the tide of climate change misinformation. For years, they’ve urged social media companies to identify, flag and take down the misinformation and the accounts that spread it.

But, says Michael Mann, director of Penn State University’s Earth System Science Center and author of “The New Climate War,” “it’s as bad as ever.””

They ought to be flagging all the misinformation Michael Mann is putting out about the Earth’s climate. What misinformation would that be? Why, just about everything that comes out of Michael Mann’s mouth, that’s what.

DaveS
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 24, 2022 5:06 am

Will social media ban Attenborough for his walrus misinformation, I wonder?

MarkW
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 24, 2022 7:08 am

In one breath he says he’s not against freedom. In his next breath he declares that anything he disagrees with should be banned.
Either he really doesn’t understand what freedom is, or he is blatantly lying.

Tom Abbott
January 24, 2022 3:31 am

From the article:

  1. “A significant number of high profile climate activists want to restrict your freedom.
  2. A significant number of climate activists want to punish anyone who publicly disagrees with their views on climate change, either by annotating or censoring their social media posts, shutting down social media accounts, or in a few cases by imposing criminal penalties.
  3. A significant number of climate activists want to restrict economic growth and capitalism, effectively undermining the right of ordinary people to start their own business.”

To Hell with all of them. Skeptics are not going to shut up. Get used to it.

Paul Buckingham
January 24, 2022 3:38 am

I’m checking this John Cook bloke out, and the organisation he works with, i.e. Center For Climate Change, where they all claim to be about ‘communication’, but tellingly have no contact information. I’d like to ask him and his fellow cultists, my standard burden of proof questions, and may follow this through to something they are apparently signed up to called the ‘Pro-Truth Pledge’, which appears to be a ‘who’s who’ of liars, and it might be interesting to see what response they might come up with in holding truth to account as well, when they are faced with evidence of no truth to the climatard claims.

My burden of proof questions and the responses, as well as telling non-responses, are included in my latest video called ‘Are We The Baddies’: https://rumble.com/vt1fax-are-we-the-baddies.html

I do want to collect as many responses from all over the world, so anyone wishing to take part, is more than welcome, and my details are in video description.

fretslider
January 24, 2022 3:46 am

“Calling the claim that activists want to restrict our freedom “misinformation” is beyond absurd”

Yet as ever the opposite of what they say is true.

Dr ‘Death’ Parncutt: “To protect future generations, our legal systems urgently need extension. “

https://web.archive.org/web/20121225215642/http://www.uni-graz.at/richard.parncutt/climatechange.html

Extending legal frameworks normally involves formalised restrictions – eg covid…

“The tobacco industry was prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice under the RICO statutes, in part because of the ways in which individual companies coordinated with each other and with third party allies to present false information to consumers. I believe it is time for Congress to investigate the fossil fuel network, as Congress and the Department of Justice investigated the Tobacco network.”

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/11/09/naomi-no-evidence-oreskes-careful-for-what-you-wish-for-pt-2/

Restricting the freedom of people who produce fuels counts… Oreskes. But then who needs democracy when there’s a crisis…

“We tend to assume that democracies, over the long arc of history, work towards progress and justice. But with an issue like climate change, we’re running out of time.  It may come as a surprise, but at the moment, democracy may be an obstacle to the rapid action we need on climate change. “

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/10/16/the-conversation-democracy-may-be-an-obstacle-to-action-on-climate-change/

Parncutt has been disappeared at DeSmogBlog and Skeptical science. I wonder why?

M Courtney
January 24, 2022 4:09 am

For those new to the subject who see that image of John Cook dressed as an SS Officer and who think that’s abusive…
That’s an image John Cook made of himself. That’s how he wants to feel. It was found on his own servers.
It’s not other people calling him a Nazi. It’s how he sees himself.

Bruce Cobb
January 24, 2022 5:23 am

Climate Liars like Cooky and Mikey have to be the least self-aware people on the planet. If there were a Frequent Liar Miles program, they would clean up totally.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
January 24, 2022 10:49 am

CliSciFi IS the Frequent Liar Miles Program and many politicians, universities, NGOs, Deep Staters, crony capitalists & etc. are cleaning up “totally.”

BobM
January 24, 2022 5:24 am

John Cook gets paid for his climate activism. I don’t get paid for my skepticism that his climate activism is unwarranted and mostly BS.

John Cook is one of the primary purveyors of climate misinformation and proves yet again that the Big Climate Payroll continues unabated.

ASTONERII
January 24, 2022 5:57 am

We are not against freedom and if you disagree with us we will censor you, get you fired from your job, and get the police to SWAT your home!

We are reasonable people, and if you just acquiesce to our demands, no one will get hurt.

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Paul Hurley (aka PaulH)
January 24, 2022 6:15 am

Climate change denial on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok is ‘as bad as ever’

James Melville 💜
Sara
January 24, 2022 7:10 am

Climate activists: are these people who watched LOTR movies too many times and think that the Hobbits had it made in the shade?

Or are they just a large and noisy group of self-involved, close-minded individuals who belong to a Very Stupid Club and don’t want reality to confront them?

The real problem with the Greenbeaners and the Ecohippies is that they yakk a lot, but produce nothing of any value, while the rest of us go on doing the work and getting things done.

I do wonder how they’d fare if they were sent back to the late 18th century in the Tardis and turfed out, told “enjoy yourselves” and were left there to fend off hungry crows, coyotes and mosquitoes.

Caligula Jones
January 24, 2022 7:13 am

Other the the usual “USA Today is still a thing?”, “John Cook, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Climate Change Communication Research Hub at Monash University who advises Facebook” is about as far as you have to read anyway.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Caligula Jones
January 24, 2022 12:11 pm

John Cook, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Climate Change Communication Research Hub at Monash University who advises Facebook” It would be clearer if they just said “John Cook, a paid ideological mouthpiece at Monash’s CliSciFi propaganda outlet who lies and supports censors at Facebook to suppress actual climate facts and defraud unsuspecting citizens.” That’s what the history books will say, assuming the Marxists don’t take over the U.S. as they have in much of the rest of the world.

Olen
January 24, 2022 7:38 am

Not agreeing is misinformation! Who would have thought there were, honest, qualified scientists fact checking. Facebook has admitted under oath the fact checkers are checking opinion which is compounding a fraud.

To be clear their censorship and weasel notes of caution and not appreciated.

TonyG
January 24, 2022 8:15 am

They DON’T want to restrict your freedom, as long as you do what they say and agree with them completely.

Robert Bissett
January 24, 2022 9:54 am

Using government to suppress climate crisis deniers…
Chittenden County, VT, State’s Attorney Sarah George explained her office’s new policy   

“Psychological research has shown that those who are being mistreated, or in this case over-policed, will eventually begin to view the system itself as deeply unfair,” she wrote. “Not only is the system viewed as unfair, but also there is evidence suggesting that experiencing over-policing and discrimination causes serious psychological and emotional harm, and can lead those experiencing this treatment to be more likely to engage in criminal behavior.”

She wasn’t talking about climate issues, still it applies.

Kevin McNeill
January 24, 2022 11:40 am

If Michael Mann says it is thus and so it is not thus and so, that’s the only thing he has proven to be true.

January 24, 2022 3:06 pm

Meanwhile Ross Mittiga and Cambridge University U.K. publish papers justifying dictatorship as the only solution to the “climate emergency”.

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/american-political-science-review/article/political-legitimacy-authoritarianism-and-climate-change/E7391723A7E02FA6D536AC168377D2DE#

Well John Cook would be the go-to chap for dressing Polish prisoners in German army uniforms.

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Matthew Sykes
January 24, 2022 11:16 pm

We need a new war, gives people something to really worry about,

MarkW
Reply to  Matthew Sykes
January 25, 2022 7:48 am

Thanks to Biden’s weakness and incompetence, we have two potential wars on the horizon.

Mark Hansford
January 25, 2022 4:41 am

only true religious bigots refuse to identify with their own hypocrisy and are unable to see fault in their argument. Climate activists are without a doubt religiously orientated and consider non believers to be insane, so not worth considering. It is always dangerous and always operates in a fashion it accuses its opposition of.
Sadly in this increasingly tribal world, along with depressingly large amounts of unsupported ‘facts’ and other misinformation the number of people taking sides is increasingly large.
John Cook is a religious nutjob – proven over and again – the trouble is his nutjob religion has a huge number of blinkered followers with high priests such as Michael Mann heading up the propaganda department.
Please can we return to proper scientific examination and dissemination of research material!! Some hope!!

MarkW
Reply to  Mark Hansford
January 25, 2022 7:50 am

Climate activists are without a doubt religiously orientated and consider non believers to be insane, so not worth considering.

That’s a common trait with pretty much all leftists, of which climate activists are a subset.

January 25, 2022 3:24 pm

Michael Mann and John Cook are among those pushing “climate change falsehoods.”

As usual the criminals accuse others of the crimes they, themselves, have committed. And they’re likely delusional enough to believe their accusations.

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