If you wanted to dream up a bizarre representation of AGW alarmists’ view of themselves as prophets, you couldn’t come up with anything stranger than what Andy Revkin came up with on his own. In the image on his Twitter page he is presented in true Orwellian fashion, larger than life, above the mere mortals on the ground below (who, by the way, appear to mostly be young ladies looking for a climate-change-cognizant rock star), but also non-present, virtual, canned, computerized (kind of like the science he espouses).
I recently challenged Revkin to a public debate, after he indicated that the greatest damage from Peter Gleick’s strange behavior was that it dampened the likelihood of a meaningful debate about how to respond to climate change. I said, since you view debate in such favorable terms, perhaps you would like to debate me? If not, why not?
Cue the crickets.
I also tweeted that Revkin’s throwing Gleick under the bus didn’t mean that Revkin didn’t have some explaining to do of his own regarding the overreaction to the simple fact that Heartland strives to get its view of climate change heard — yes, even in the nation’s classrooms. Allow me to say here, for the record, that I agree with the Heartland Institute’s views on climate change but that I am more than a little uncomfortable with its efforts to protect the tobacco industry. But smoking isn’t what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about a mild warming of the global mean temperature and supposed spin-off results of this, and why some members of the western intelligentsia should get to reconfigure the economies of the industrialized nations in response. The holier-than-thou-ism of Revkin and his cohorts is sometimes hard to take. For instance, he recently tweeted (deleted now, of course) that oil thirst was a major problem in the west while casually dropping a jet trip of his own to the West Coast and would his pro-AGW friend like to get together? This is a blind spot on a par with Al Gore’s, which I also tweeted about.
Cue the crickets again.
I’m not holding my breath on a response from Revkin. In the meantime, I hope to keep enjoying his Twitter page in its current form.