On June 28th, Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the costs and economic impacts of Kyoto-style carbon suppression schemes. He followed that up with an article in the American Spectator on the same theme.
His testimony and article apparently did not sit well with American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) president, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) co-chairman, and Renewable Energy Policy Network (REN 21) Steering Committee member Michael T. Eckhart.
So in rebuttal, does Eckhart [a] demolish Lewis' testimony and article with the use of verifiable scientific evidence, addressing any or all of the points made, or [b] try to bludgeon Lewis into silence? You judge:Marlo, you are so full of crap," writes Michael T. Eckhart, president of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE). "You have been proven wrong. The entire world has proven you wrong. You are the last guy on Earth to get it.
Take this warning from me, Marlo. It is my intention to destroy your career as a liar. If you produce one more editorial against climate change, I will launch a campaign against your professional integrity. I will call you a liar and charlatan to the Harvard community of which you and I are members. I will call you out as a man who has been bought by Corporate America. Go ahead, guy. Take me on."
Of course were Harvard actually interested in the scientific method and the standards of academic freedom Eckhart would be fighting for his career and justly so.
Eckhart is a disgrace and a scumbag.
Tully's post over at Stubborn Facts has many helpful links.
Tully in the comments points us to a sorta kinda mea culpa (but not really) from Mr. Eckhart here. It is a disappointment in that it boils down to "He started it!"
What is interesting is that Eckhart's explanation reiterates the disdain he has for free academic inquiry:
To CEI, however, there can be no apology. Quite the opposite. It is time to end CEI’s disingenuous undermining of worldwide concern about global warming.My brown shirt analogy seem less like hyperbole by the minute.