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Esquire does the full Marc Morano Climategate story

Posted By JoNova On March 31, 2010 @ 4:18 am In AGW socio-political | Comments Disabled

This is the beginning of many full feature length articles that will come as the House of Mann-Made Global Warming collapses. It’s long, but when it’s a professional feature writer drawing a story of a professional scam-buster who works at the highest levels, it’s a great read. Enjoy :-) It’s not a grand scientific expose, but it does turn ClimateGate into a human interest story with momentum, and as such, it may reach a wider audience than any scientific expose could.

Photo: Mackenzie Stroh

This Man Wants to Convince You Global Warming Is a Hoax

Marc Morano broke the Swift Boat story and effectively stalled John Kerry’s presidential run. Now he is working against an even bigger enemy: belief in climate change. Somehow, he seems to be winning.

By John H. Richardson

Early on the morning of November 17, Gavin Schmidt sat down at his computer and entered his password. It didn’t work. Strange, he thought. He tried a few other accounts and none of them worked, either. Now he was alarmed. As a leading climatologist with NASA’s Goddard Institute in Manhattan, he’d been hacked before. He was used to e-mails from people who disapproved of his work, threatening e-mails that detailed the romantic life he was going to have in prison. So he knew what to do: He logged in via the Unix shell command.

A second later, the computer logged him off — and locked him out. Someone was in there, fighting him in real time. Schmidt sent an emergency message to his Web server:

“WE ARE BEING HACKED RIGHT NOW.”


Note: Marc points out that Esquire didn’t get it quite right when they criticize him about comments on sea level changes. But otherwise, I’ve no doubt Marc loves this story. It does say about Marc (among thousands of other words):
“… it’s always clear that he’d rather have fun. This is his genius, especially in a world given to screaming caps and paranoid detail. It’s another way he’s changing the narrative, showing that one side has a sense of humor.”

Marc of course runs ClimateDepot.com. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but there is no other site like it, and with Marc’s long detailed history in this, working for Senator Inhofe beforehand, there is no one else quite like Marc either. I was lucky enough to see him at work in Bali 2007, and the man is a master of pulling a meaningful message out of mud.

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