La Presse on the eco-sceptics’ web war

Montreal’s La Presse has published an article on the global warming skeptics’ on-line war on science. (Google translation here.)

I get mentioned:


Certains vont jusqu’à accuser les éco-sceptiques d’utiliser de fausses identités dans les blogues afin de donner des voix multiples à leur opinion, en s’approuvant eux-mêmes.

Le blogueur australien Tim Lambert dit ainsi avoir découvert sur son site deux commentateurs qui n’étaient qu’une seule et même personne, le blogueur torontois Stephen McIntyre, cadre de l’industrie minière à la retraite. Les responsables du site environnementaliste RealClimate.org ont reçu de nombreux commentaires sceptiques provenant de la même adresse Internet -celle du Sénat américain.

My attempt at a translation:

The eco-skeptics also use false identities on blogs, providing multiple voices to their opinion by supporting themselves.

Australian blogger Tim Lambert discovered on his site two commentators who were one and the same, the Toronto blogger Stephen McIntyre, retired mining industry executive. The people in charge of RealClimate.org received many skeptical comments from the same Internet address — that of the United States Senate.

Comments

  1. #1 Stephen Murphy
    February 20, 2007

    Tim’s translation is a good one – much better than the google version :)

    The article begins with some of the experience Hugh Mcguire’s had. Those interested in the original exchanges can check his blog (http://dosemagazine.com/)

  2. #2 JB
    February 20, 2007

    “RealClimate.org received many skeptical comments from the same Internet address — that of the United States Senate.”

    Yep. That would be our tax dollars at work.

    It’s really quite an ingenious system that we have here in America.

    We pay taxes so our Senators and other representatives can pull the wool over our eyes.

  3. #3 coby
    February 20, 2007

    I knew that would happen when I mentioned Deltoid and RealClimate. Nicolas telephone interviewed me a couple of months ago and I guess I talked myself right out of the article!

    Oh well, if blogging doesn’t bring me fame, there’s always the fortune…

  4. #4 Pianoguy
    February 20, 2007

    Umm, Coby …

  5. #5 Thom
    February 20, 2007

    In other news, Roger Pielke Jr. has been sockpuppeting his wiki site….

  6. #6 JB
    February 20, 2007

    “The eco-skeptics also use false identities on blogs, providing multiple voices to their opinion by supporting themselves.”

    Perhaps they would be better termed “Echo-skeptics”.

  7. #7 Tyler DiPietro
    February 21, 2007

    “RealClimate.org received many skeptical comments from the same Internet address — that of the United States Senate.”

    James Inhofe spending too much time at the computer?

  8. #8 Ender
    February 21, 2007

    Does anyone know who JohnA is? I have been targeted by him a few times and it is never a pleasant experience.

  9. #9 Nexus 6
    February 21, 2007

    JohnA and John Andrews have both commented from the same IP address on my blog. I guess that may be his real name. I also think you can be fairly certain that in the larger scheme of things he really is just a nobody.

  10. #10 jc
    February 21, 2007

    Never knew you were a francophile, Tim. So you can actually speak French?

    Are you sure it’s not the Austrian Blogeur they’re talking about, Tim Lambert?

  11. #11 Laser Potato
    February 21, 2007

    I once took a French class, because I liked the Tintin books. I flunked :(

  12. #12 Tim Lambert
    February 21, 2007

    jc, I did a couple of years of French in high school, but it was more of a translation from the Google translation into English.

  13. #13 Matt McIrvin
    February 22, 2007

    The original French looks to me to be making more qualified statements, in typical journalistic fashion: “Some go as far as accusing eco-skeptics of using false identities on blogs…” and “the Australian blogger Tim Lambert says he has found two commentators…”

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