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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Huffington repudiates "debunking" of Al Gore and climate change

Three writers, David Roberts and Kevin Grandia, and A. Siegal, have responded to the post I cited in "Hacks, hoopleheads, and outright doofs" and demolished the arguments that Harold Ambler used to show that Al Gore is wrong. Arianna Huffington issued a statement repudiating Ambler's post:

Harold Ambler reached out to me about posting a critical piece on Al Gore and the environment. We are always open to posts that present opinions contrary to HuffPost's editorial view -- and have welcomed many conservative voices, such as David Frum, Tony Blankley, Michael Smerconish, Bob Barr, Joe Scarborough, Jim Talent, etc., to the site. We have featured also countless posts from the leading lights of the Green movement, including Robert Redford, Laurie David, Carl Pope, Van Jones, David Roberts, and many others -- and I myself have written extensively about the global warming crisis, and have been highly critical of those who refuse to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific evidence.

When Ambler sent his post, I forwarded it to one of our associate blog editors to evaluate, not having read it. I get literally hundreds of posts a week submitted like this and obviously can't read them all -- which is why we have an editorial process in place. The associate blog editor published the post. It was an error in judgment. I would not have posted it. Although HuffPost welcomes a vigorous debate on many subjects, I am a firm believer that there are not two sides to every issue, and that on some issues the jury is no longer out. The climate crisis is one of these issues.

The attacks on Gore among the regressives is a residual hatred because they know he garnered more votes than George W. Bush in the 2000 election and because most people know that W. became president and launched a war through chicanery. The denial of global warming and its human causes among the regressives is more reflective of their attitude toward science. They don't want to give up their belief in alchemy--that gold can be made from lead---and that human personality is made up of the four humors--blood, black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm. The intellectual stance of the regressives is called uncreative anachronism.

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