Tuesday, September 21, 2010
IT'S NOT JUST BIG BROTHER DOING THE CENSORING
The truth is getting lost in the Amazon
A warmist coup seems to have taken place on Amazon, the online bookseller, writes Christopher Booker.
By Christopher Booker
Published: 7:00PM BST 11 Sep 2010
The proselytisers for man-made global warming have long exercised a tight stranglehold over the contents of Wikipedia. The editors of that online source of all knowledge are ready with lightning speed to ensure that its entries related to climate change are purged of any hint of dissent from the party line – and that entries for “climate sceptics” are given a viciously dismissive twist, Now it seems a similar coup has taken place on Amazon, the online outlet which is Britain’s largest bookseller.
Over the past year, Amazon’s list of global-warming bestsellers has been wholly dominated by sceptics, with my own book The Real Global Warming Disaster standing for months at number one. At the end of last month, however, all the more recent sceptical books were suddenly removed from the list. My own volume, Andrew Montford’s The Hockey Stick Illusion, Bob Carter’s Climate: The Counter Consensus and others have all vanished from the list, so that it is now dominated by titles pushing the prescribed pro-warming line.
One can see from our books’ individual rankings that they are still far outselling almost all the warmist tracts that Amazon clearly prefers, sometimes by tens of thousands of places, But if, by means of this cunning manoeuvre, Amazon ends up selling fewer books, at least some will perhaps be ready to commend them for such self-sacrificial dedication to the cause.
And, in further Newspeak, global warming is now officially "global climate disruption".
The White House wants the public to start using the term "global climate disruption" in place of "global warming" -- fearing the latter term oversimplifies the problem and makes it sound less dangerous than it really is.
"If this name doesn't work," added a shivering Al Gore, "We're gonna go with OMG AIIIEEEE WE'RE ALL GONNA FRIGGIN' DIE BOOGA-BOOGA DEATH CLIMATE SYNDROME. We'll keep changing it until we extort enough money from industry and the public to get my face carved on Mt. Rushmore."
Methinks they doth protests too much.