California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) may be suffering from ‘Wikipedia Syndrome’ as evidenced by his comments during an interview with progressive pundit George Stephanopoulos. Schwarzenegger’s criticism of the Bush administration’s position on global warming drew a number of lively comments at the ABC News blog Political Radar. Some commenters opted to use heated terms in somewhat inflammatory responses, such as street terminology for a female dog and another word representing the act of copulation. A great deal of possibly suspect information is posted about global warming. Unfortunately ABC News and many alarmists are apparently unaware they are politically incorrect at the moment. The Environmental Protection Agency is suggesting global warming be retooled as climate change. The EPA website notes, “The phrase ‘climate change’ is growing in preferred use to ‘global warming’ because it helps convey that there are changes in addition to rising temperatures.”
Schwarzenegger said of Bush, “This administration did not believe in global warming.” He also touted the state of California, noting the state’s position as the “forefront” in addressing the environmental conflagration (both figurative and literal.)
Schwarzenegger might seek counsel from author Lawrence Solomon for relief from an emerging condition some might call ‘Wikipedia Syndrome.’ Solomon’s book ‘The Deniers’ is a guaranteed antidote to night sweats, anxiety and other psychological effects caused by visions of Planet Earth heating to a point where popcorn can be popped by placing the bag directly on pavement. Solomon also wrote an article for National Review, ‘Wikipropaganda on global warming,’ later reprinted by the CBS News website, wherein he debunked much of the information contained in the popular but not formally credentialed ‘People’s Encyclopedia’ about global warming. Solomon, who interviewed a number of distinguished scientists for his book, including many considered pioneers in climate science and statistics, explained that when he attempted to correct mistakes in Wikipedia’s global warming entry, his changes were edited out repeatedly.
Solomon’s book has made its way into the hands of the public, defying lack of coverage by mainstream media, niche pundits, academic review journals and the blogosphere. Currently ‘The Deniers’ is enjoying a sizzling sales rank of 1,258 at Amazon.
Canadian media have actually given warming skeptics serious attention. Writing for Canada Free Press, Dennis Avery noted a list of global warming skeptics begun in 1998 by Dr. Arthur Robinson, Director of the Oregon Institute for Science and Medicine, has grown to nearly 32,000 comprising American man-made warming skeptics with science qualifications. “More than 9,000 hold scientific PhDs.,” Avery wrote. “Almost 32,000 thousand skeptics happens to be twelve times as many scientists as the 2,500 scientific reviewers claimed by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to form a scientific consensus.”
If California’s governor is suffering from Wikipedia Syndrome, he is not alone. A number of US schoolteachers allow use of the open source encyclopedia for research papers despite the fact anyone may initiate an edit that may then be vetted or left intact even if the facts are erroneous. Besides, the state at the “forefront” has critical problems other than those that are environmental such as recurring wildfires. California’s deficit now stands at $15.2 billion, with Democratic legislators proposing the party’s time-honored panacea of an income tax increase to remedy the problem, a motion certain to enhance the conflagration.