April 3, 2012

Climate Skeptics Are Like Racists; Oregon Prof’s Looniness Not News Until UK Daily Mail Reports It

KariNorgaard2012For the umpteenth time, news unfavorable or embarrassing to the left comes from the UK instead of the USA.

In this instance, it was an unbylined item in Saturday’s Daily Mail. For years, Oregon University Sociology and environmental studies professor Kari Norgaard has been spewing forth bigoted characterizations of anyone who dares not surrender to the gospel of global warming. But her bizarre outlook didn’t get meaningful notice from the press all these years until she presented her, uh, work at the annual four-day ‘Planet Under Pressure’ international conference in London. Here is some of what the Daily Mail found, and which Rush Limbaugh for all practical purposes broke in the U.S. media. I hear echoes of the former Soviet Union’s serial abuse of psychiatry just around the bend (bolds are mine throughout this post):

‘If you don’t believe in climate change you must be sick’: Oregon professor likens skepticism to racism

An Oregon University professor has controversially compared skepticism of global warming to racism.

Sociology and environmental studies professor Kari Norgaard wrote a paper criticising non-believers, suggesting that doubters need to be have a ‘sickness’.

The professor, who holds a B.S. in biology and a master’s and PhD in sociology, argued that ‘cultural resistance’ to accepting humans as being responsible for climate change ‘must be recognised and treated’ as an aberrant sociological behaviour.

Resolving skepticism about climate change alarmists, she added, is a challenge equitable to overcoming ‘racism or slavery in the U.S. South’.

In the last 30 years, Norgaard said, climate change has been seen as either a hoax or fixable with minimal political or economic intervention.

‘This kind of cultural resistance to very significant social threat is something that we would expect in any society facing a massive threat’, she said.

Rush noted yesterday that Ms. Norgaard is not a harmless goofball:

Now, before you start laughing at this, understand that this woman is teaching impressionable young skulls full of mush this stuff, and they’re coming out of Oregon University believing this. And if they’re not challenged anywhere the rest of their life they’re going to believe this everywhere they go, and some of these students end up at the Environmental Protection Agency or end up in a Democrat administration either at the statehouse level or at the presidential level, this is the kind of person that Obama would hire. This the kind of person Obama has hired. This is the kind of thinking that Obama believes and sponsors. It’s what he believes. It’s what he was taught.

This is what has passed for science education for over ten years now, and it is not science. It’s pure politics. It’s pure politics disguised as science. This professor, if you read whole story, this Kari Norgaard, sociology and environmental studies professor, wants everybody packed into the cities so that we’re not strolling around nature and ruining it. She wants it something seen only in pictures, with accredited photographers allowed to go there and take pictures of nature, but the mass population should not be allowed.

This will shock absolutely no one, but a Google News Search on Ms. Norgaard’s first and last name (not in quotes; sorted by date with duplicates) returns seven items, none of which are establishment press news sources.

In another move which will shock absolutely no one, What’s Up With That reports, with supporting graphics, that Ms. Norgaard’s university is feverishly working to scrub information about her and her work from the web:

Rewriting history: “treatment” of climate sceptics disappears from University of Oregon press statement

Apparently, the maelstrom of embarrassment and public ridicule created by Kari Marie Norgaard, professor of sociology and environmental studies at the University of Oregon was too much for the University to bear. So, in the best Soviet style, they rewrote history, as if nobody would notice, without so much as an apology or update. I find it amazing in this day an age that University types still don’t understand the Internet and that disappearing things like this only makes it worse for you.

… It seems Norgaard herself has been “disappeared” from the University of Oregon web server.

… apparently her official uoregon.edu email address has been replaced on the Sociology Faculty page.

Of course, none of this possibly be news to those in the U.S. establishment press either. (/sarc)

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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BizzyBlog Update: The Watt’s Up With That Item was also highlighted at Climate Depot (it was the top headline there until late yesterday).

Apparently, when a purveyor of globaloney gets noticed at Climate Depot, he’s been Morano’d.

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17 Comments

  1. and we can now say to Dr Norgaard: “You’ve been Morano’d….”

    Comment by dan bloom — April 4, 2012 @ 12:06 am

  2. Please provide complete quotes from Ms. Norgaard and/or the referenced paper. Links to her actual words are required for a story of any consequence.

    Comment by Alan B. — April 4, 2012 @ 12:26 am

  3. UK Daily Mail: Resolving skepticism about climate change alarmists, she added, is a challenge equitable to overcoming ‘racism or slavery in the U.S. South’.

    UK Daily Mail: ‘This kind of cultural resistance to very significant social threat is something that we would expect in any society facing a massive threat’, she said.

    Notice the use of those thingies known as quotation marks.

    I’d try go to the paper, etc., but it would appear to be futile, since the info is being pulled.

    The post is primarily about how the press has ignored her, and people like her, for decades, even though people like her (e.g., John Holdren) are in many cases in positions of authority and influence.

    Seems consequential to me.

    Comment by Tom — April 4, 2012 @ 6:47 am

  4. The only actual quotes I’ve seen are nothing like the sensational headlines here, at the Daily Mail and on Limbaugh’s site. Was this lady Fluked?

    http://www.registerguard.com/web/updates/27862556-55/norgaard-climate-mann-professor-bloggers.html.csp?print=true

    Comment by Alan B. — April 4, 2012 @ 9:40 am

  5. #3, Are you saying what the Daily Mail has within quotemarks shouldn’t be within quotemarks? On what basis?

    The post already points out that everyone else is ignoring what she said/wrote now and in the past.

    While on topic, Rush is/was right on substance (though wrong to call her what she really is on the radio); Fluke was/is wrong across the board.

    Comment by Tom — April 4, 2012 @ 10:22 am

  6. NOT SO FAST — There is ONE link to Dr. Norgaard that was removed from the University of Oregon site — not sure when, though … but this ridiculous back-scratching interview with another doozie — ECOPSYCHOLOGY editorial board member Renee Lertzman — discusses Norgaard’s book “Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Political Economy” — and Lertzman’s upcoming tome, “The Myth of Apathy: A Portrait of Environmental Melancholia” — And students WONDER why college tuition has gone up so much in recent years>> clearly to fund the works of such psycho-babblers

    http://sociology.uoregon.edu/faculty/living%20in%20denial/Lertzman%20and%20Norgaard%20Interview.pdf

    And a search for Kari Norgaard on the U of O site has page after page about her – http://www.uoregon.edu/search/google?cx=007073932731063683169%3Aicvpbosgw-4&cof=FORID%3A11&query=kari+norgaard&safe=off&form_build_id=form-8be7af81b14923a211ca39d52d1b2d5c&form_id=google_cse_searchbox_form&sa.x=39&sa.y=8

    Comment by Duggan Flanakin — April 4, 2012 @ 10:27 am

  7. Find some corroboration for this Daily Mail “quote:”
    ‘If you don’t believe in climate change you must be sick.’

    Comment by Al B. — April 4, 2012 @ 10:46 am

  8. #5, I don’t work for you. A far-left statist got exposed for what she is. Deal with it.

    Comment by Tom — April 4, 2012 @ 11:08 am

  9. You’ve exposed quite a bit about yourself, your standards, your values …

    I doubt you would never correct or retract a post, but is there any chance you might clear the comments at Newsbusters?

    Comment by Al B. — April 4, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

  10. You’ve demonstrated nothing except your ignorance and denial, and you’re declaring victory … now THAT’S entertainment!

    Comment by Tom — April 4, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

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  12. You wrote, “For years, Oregon University Sociology and environmental studies professor Kari Norgaard has been spewing forth bigoted characterizations of anyone who dares not surrender to the gospel of global warming.”

    Then it should be easy to link us to some examples of this bigoted spewing.

    Newsbuster, indeed.

    Comment by Al B. — April 6, 2012 @ 12:07 am

  13. Bigotry disguised in fancy words: “KN: I’m interested in both why people are ignoring climate change, and how they are producing a sense of day-to-day normalcy. Both the why and the how have been approached by psychologists, but I am studying them not as individual phenomenon but as social pro- cesses. How do people collectively normalize disturbing informa- tion?”

    Presupposes threats that don’t exist, notes that people are acting as if they don’t exist (quite sane, actually, since global warming is bogus).

    Climate Change Denial Research: “I also have ongoing research on the role of disturbing emotions in preventing action on climate change.” Translation: These people who don’t bow down to our climate change hoax are “disturbed.”

    The Psychology of Climate Change denial

    “Climate change is disturbing. It’s something we don’t want to think about. So what we do in our everyday lives is create a world where it’s not there, and keep it distant.”

    The Sociology of Denial is one big rant about how, in essence, people are supposedly too stupid to take global warming seriously. No, she’s too stupid to realize that what she thinks is an oncoming catastrophe is a hoax.

    Her apparent entire reason for being is to “prove” that “deniers” are irrational. That’s stereotyping bigotry.

    Where do I send the bill?

    Comment by Tom — April 6, 2012 @ 7:04 am

  14. Those quotes are quite damning. Now you’ve really blown the cover off this. How did the establishment press news sources miss this story?

    Comment by Al B. — April 6, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

  15. I’ll let you know how it happened when you tell me where to send the bill — and pay it.

    But here’s a hint: They largely agree with her.

    UPDATE: Perhaps you should consider the implications of “The Banality of Evil” and what people like our dear Kari would do with and to “deniers” if they ever got (enough) real power.

    Comment by Tom — April 6, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  16. Why a bill? Surely you did this research before you made the “spewing forth bigoted characterizations” statement.

    Comment by Al B. — April 9, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

  17. The post is about how what she has actually said and written, and what she has actually been shown to have said and written even before I educated you further (hence the need to know where to send the bill), was ignored by the press for years until she happened to participate in a conference in the UK. The post demonstrated that. You have had no substantive complaint from the very start of this charade of yours. I indulged it because it was so clear that you would look so utterly foolish — and believe me, you do.

    The links after that were a bonus from which you are benefitting. Where do I send the bill?

    Comment by Tom — April 9, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

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