Jul 2 2006
11:14 am

The Knoxville News Sentinel has a guest editorial slamming Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth". They really had to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find a scientist with an opposing view. He is apparently a darling of right-wing bloggers who say evolution is bunk, condoms cause AIDS, and Superman is a "slacker meterosexual."

In this 2000 marketing press release, D'Aleo predicted massive rolling blackouts and power disruptions resulting from solar flares, and urged everyone to buy APC power backup and surge protectors. According to the press release, he worked for a company that sold weather forecasts and imagery to energy companies and the government.

His brief KNS bio says he is a consultant. Somebody should ask who some of his clients are now.

gttim's picture


Funny, he does not mention anyof the studies, or the groups that did them. Gore mentions that information. I hope some of you folk in Tennessee write that paper and mention stuff like that.

Oren Incandenza's picture

It gets worse.

There's another article on the inside of the section by a UT finance professor that piles onto Gore as well -- I'll not do it the honor of linking it.  He ridicules Gore's sources -- basically arguing that all studies are flawed -- and then cites similar-sounding sources for his arguments.  Maybe the bald-faced idiocy of that piece is why the KNS had enough scruples to bury it on an inside page.

Anyone want odds that TVA encouraged the stories' placement?

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Joe P.'s picture

We seem to live in a time

We seem to live in a time when science of any and all kinds is determined more by politics and business rather than anything else, and such conditioning of science is endorsed by President Bush himself.

On Dec 30th 2005, Congress approved legislation which stated: When requested, scientific information ''prepared by government researchers and scientists shall be transmitted [to Congress] uncensored and without delay."

However, President Bush added this "signing statement" that he is the Decider of all things scientific: The president can tell researchers to withhold any information from Congress if he decides its disclosure could impair foreign relations, national security, or the workings of the executive branch.

Now certainly TVA or other related energy businesses don't need or seek presidential approval to promote their agendas, but the prominent state of dismissal and rejection of the works of scientists is likely to lead to an Ice Age of knowledge and discovery.

mickey white's picture

global warning

It is the SUN not MAN


Factchecker's picture

You're an idiot.

Gravity is just a "theory," so why believe it?

Anonymous's picture


That's right...when you don't like another's opinion, call them names. That'll show 'em who's right. How mature and thought provoking you must be.

Stick Thrower's picture


Man, that's a ripe one. In summary: the earth is warm because of the sun's radiation--the same sun which has revolved around our flat earth for 3,000 years. DDT is good, and environmentalists kill babies and raise taxes. We need more nuclear power to save humanity. Amen.

Anonymous's picture

Another Idiot

From Mr. Lindzen the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT


Factchecker's picture

You can ALWAYS find

You can ALWAYS find scientists who raise scientific-sounding questions about the climate crisis.  They're effective at raising doubts.  But none of this crap withstands scrutiny within the scientific community.  These scientists are on the fringe. 


Never has the left been so right.

zoomfactor's picture

Lack of credibility of skeptics means nothing

According to the premier environmental sociologist Riley Dunlap's 2003 paper "Defeating Kyoto: The Conservative Movement’s Impact on U.S. Climate Change Policy," there are really only five people that are quote most of the time to present anti-global-warming views. Here they are with their conservative think tank affiliations:

Sallie Baliunas (Hoover Institution, Marshall Institute)
Richard Lindzen (Marshall Institute)
Patrick Michaels (Cato Institute)
Fred Singer (Heritage Foundation, Hoover Institution)
Robert Balling (authored works for Pacific Research Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, National Center for Policy Analysis)

It is the norm for news stories on controversial topics to follow a "pro and con" model where extreme views are contrasted. This allows for more "dramatic narrative" but distorts the credibility of the news sources.

It goes without saying that none of the people listed above have peer-reviewed scientific articles that present data supporting their views. But they are cited all over the place by conservative news organizations, bloggers, and websites.

Anonymous's picture

More Idiots

Here's a about 50 more people who lack credibility.


Factchecker's picture

No kidding!?

...significant advances have been made since the protocol was created, many of which are taking us away from a concern about increasing greenhouse gases. If, back in the mid-1990s, we knew what we know today about climate, Kyoto would almost certainly not exist, because we would have concluded it was not necessary. ...




Never has the left been so right.

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