• Wikipedia Doctored – Green Party activist William Connolley manipulates Wikipedia Climategate style

    by  • December 20, 2009 • All Whoppers, Climategate, Featured Articles, General, Newly Added Stories • 1 Comment

    Those that have been following the Climategate stories won’t find the following story surprising.  Likewise, those that have been following the climate change debate in recent years (no, the debate was never really over Mr. Gore), are well aware of how those that worship at the altar of global warming have tried very hard to falsely promote the notion that temperatures and CO2 have never been as high as today.

    When you think about it, how ironic is it that Gore’s film was named “An Inconvenient Truth”?  While he accused global warming skeptics of ignoring inconvenient truths, what many of us have known, and now is documented in the Climategate emails, Gore, the IPCC, liberal media and other global warming activists have ignored any truth that was inconvenient or failed to support their ‘theory’ of global warming.

    Lawrence Solomon of Canada’s Financial Post documents how the Climategate gang doctored thousands of Wikipedia articles and barred thousands of people from correcting the misinformation published in Wikipedia:

    The [Climategate] emails also describe how the band plotted to rewrite history as well as science, particularly by eliminating the Medieval Warm Period, a 400 year period that began around 1000 AD.

    As we now know from the Climategate Emails, this band saw the Medieval Warm Period as an enormous obstacle in their mission of spreading the word about global warming. If temperatures were warmer 1,000 years ago than today, the Climategate Emails explain in detail, their message that we now live in the warmest of all possible times would be undermined. As put by one band member, a Briton named Folland at the Hadley Centre, a Medieval Warm Period “dilutes the message rather significantly.”

    Connolley took control of all things climate in the most used information source the world has ever known – Wikipedia. Starting in February 2003, just when opposition to the claims of the band members were beginning to gel, Connolley set to work on the Wikipedia site. He rewrote Wikipedia’s articles on global warming, on the greenhouse effect, on the instrumental temperature record, on the urban heat island, on climate models, on global cooling. On Feb. 14, he began to erase the Little Ice Age; on Aug.11, the Medieval Warm Period. In October, he turned his attention to the hockey stick graph. He rewrote articles on the politics of global warming and on the scientists who were skeptical of the band. Richard Lindzen and Fred Singer, two of the world’s most distinguished climate scientists, were among his early targets, followed by others that the band especially hated, such as Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, authorities on the Medieval Warm Period.

    All told, Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles. His control over Wikipedia was greater still, however, through the role he obtained at Wikipedia as a website administrator, which allowed him to act with virtual impunity. When Connolley didn’t like the subject of a certain article, he removed it — more than 500 articles of various descriptions disappeared at his hand. When he disapproved of the arguments that others were making, he often had them barred — over 2,000 Wikipedia contributors who ran afoul of him found themselves blocked from making further contributions. Acolytes whose writing conformed to Connolley’s global warming views, in contrast, were rewarded with Wikipedia’s blessings. In these ways, Connolley turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement.

    The Medieval Warm Period disappeared, as did criticism of the global warming orthodoxy. With the release of the Climategate Emails, the disappearing trick has been exposed. The glorious Medieval Warm Period will remain in the history books, perhaps with an asterisk to describe how a band of zealots once tried to make it disappear.

    The real question that should be asked is why the Senate, Congress, President Obama and the main stream media are completely ignoring these facts.  Even before Climategate, there was clear evidence that prominent climate researchers were selectively publishing data that would exaggerate modern warming trends.  Now, with the release of the Climategate emails, we know that the manipulation and fraudulent activities were far more insidious than originally thought.

    One Response to Wikipedia Doctored – Green Party activist William Connolley manipulates Wikipedia Climategate style

    1. Ian
      February 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      Sounds like a lot of money at stake to me…

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