Warning: This post concerns an inter-blog fight. Skip unless you find this stuff interesting.
Over at Catallaxy Jason Soon has accused me “of generating a climate of fear about” global warming and “claiming that emergency intervention measures were needed to address it immediately”. Apparently I’m doing this because I am one of those “advocates of big government” and I’m also just like Graeme Bird. When challenged to support his claim, he came up with something ridiculously vague:
I recall John had some argument with someone on Tim’s site who claimed we were all rooned if economic growth wasn’t cut drastically and Tim seemed to support the claim.
So I don’t have write anything at all to be guilty of “generating a climate of fear”. I just have to seem to agree with somebody (who? when? Soon’s not saying) and there’s fear everywhere.
Rather than do the decent thing and retract, Soon decided to invent some more accusations, claiming that I
go around smearing all global warming skeptics and skeptics against intervention as creationists or worse
and claiming that I
call anyone who has written against AGW of being paid for their opinions and in effect intellectual whores. He has written blogposts purportedly showing that people in various think-tanks who have sincerely believed in certain things for all their lives only do so because they were paid by Exxon.
Despite being challenged, Soon failed to provide any examples. Moreover, when he wrote those comments, the post at the top of the front page of my blog was about global warming. In that post I didn’t accuse anyone of being a creationist or of being paid for their opinions, contradicting Soon’s claim that I always did this.
I really don’t see the point of starting an inter-blog dispute especially since commenters really shouldn’t be identified with blog writers themselves anyway.
Of course, that’s exactly what Soon did in his attack on me.
Update: We know now what I did that led to my being accused of generating a “climate of fear”. Nothing. Nothing at all. Look:
I did ask Tim (and the others) several times if they agreed with the comments of Jeff Harvey. Tim never responded.
Update 2: Soon continues to mislead:
There was no ‘abuse’ of Tim in my original post – the only thing I directly attributed to his person was ‘two well known Ozblogistan commentators and advocates of big government’ – this is the only thing that I implied Lambert had in common with Bird, contrary to Ken’s dishonest implication that I was saying they were akin in all other respects. The rest of the mention of Lambert is merely my reproducing bits of John Humphrey’s original blogpost to set the background for the idea.
This is dishonest in several different ways. First, Soon attributed to me opinions merely posted by a commenter at my blog but then disclaims any responsibility for quotes he posted from John Humphreys that he described as “very perceptive”. Second, he charges Ken Parish with dishonesty for merely stating that it was reasonable for me to object to being bracketed with Bird. Third, he didn’t just attribute me with being an advocate of big government, but “of generating a climate of fear about” global warming.