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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Skeptical Science: The Partnership with Al Gore


In March of 2012, the climate alarmist website Skeptical Science had their forums "hacked" and the contents posted online. In a forum thread titled, "Got a call from Al Gore's people today" John Cook proudly posted,
"This morning, had a long skype call with a guy working with Al Gore's Climate Reality Project. [...] He brought up the possibility of a partnership. [...] an exciting opportunity and another vindication of what we're doing" - John Cook [Skeptical Science], September 27, 2011
This was met with near unanimous enthusiasm,
"I am a great admirer of Al Gore, and think of him as a prophet of our time." - alan_marshall [Skeptical Science], September 27, 2011
"I personally approve of Gore." - nealjking [Skeptical Science], September 27, 2011
"...this is a good opportunity to give a wider circulation to SkS content and resources and should be seized on with vigour." - Steve Brown [Skeptical Science], September 27, 2011
"Welcome to the BIG TIME boys and girls..." - Glenn Tamblyn [Skeptical Science], September 27, 2011
"This is a good opportunity" - grypo [Skeptical Science], September 27, 2011
"I have no qualms about SkS providing content to Gore's new organization, [...] I'd even consider doing freelance stuff for him" - Daniel Bailey [Skeptical Science], September 27, 2011
"I think that's awesome." - Dana Nuccitelli [Skeptical Science], September 28, 2011
"Nice. [...] I think there is a good chance he's going to be looked at very very differently 5-10 years from now" - Rob Honeycutt [Skeptical Science], September 28, 2011
"I think its a great opportunity that Al Gore's folks are interested in using SkS-content. ...AIT really drove home the issues with climate change for me" - BaerbelW [Skeptical Science], September 28, 2011
"Sounds like a great opportunity." - Rob Painting [Skeptical Science], September 28, 2011
"When a golden opportunity comes your way, grab it! What the heck are wa waiting for? Let's do it!" - John Hartz [Skeptical Science], September 28, 2011
Cook later posted updates on his partnership with Gore,
"Sorry for taking so long to join this discussion. UQ (and Jim Powell + The Climate Reality Project folk) are working me pretty hard." - John Cook [Skeptical Science], October 20, 2011
"I created the data feeds for them a few weeks back, heard back from them this week with requested changes to the data feed but haven't had time yet to respond. Will aim to do it tomorrow" - John Cook [Skeptical Science], November 23, 2011
Just like Real Climate, Skeptical Science has direct ties to Al Gore but they don't want you to know this.

References:
The Truth about RealClimate.org (Popular Technology.net, July 6, 2009)
From the Skeptical Science "leak": Interesting stuff about generating and marketing "The Consensus Project" (Tom Nelson, March 23, 2012)
Skeptical Science hacked, private user details publicly posted online (Skeptical Science, March 25, 2011)

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