Oregon petition warmed over

Last year RealClimate reported that there had been another mass mailing to get more signatures on the notorious Oregon Petition. They are now announcing that they’ve increased the number of signatures from 19,000 to 31,000. The original objections to the Oregon Petition still apply — most of the signers do not have PhDs and are not practising scientists. Just 40 of the signers claim to be climatologists, and since they don’t tell you their names, it’s impossible to check whether they are, in fact, climatologists.

Bigcitylib decided to test their quality control by signing using a fake name and fake qualifications.
He’s on the list.


  1. #1 Eli Rabett
    June 3, 2008

    Hint #192: unlimited = free if you really mean unlimited.

  2. #2 Dano
    June 3, 2008

    I think the ‘global’ poster is a parody character based on Dano’s characterization of the typical comment in Murrican newspapers: GLOBUL WARMINS A SCAY-UM.

    BPL got pwned – had the parody character included ‘Hansen paid by Soros’, it would have tipped you off.



  3. #3 Barton Paul Levenson
    June 4, 2008


    Sometimes parody is so realistic that it becomes indistinguishable from what it’s parodying. Global’s comment is like many real ones I’ve seen on various climate-related blogs.

  4. #4 Phak Chequier
    July 6, 2008

    I looked at the OISM website. They are still touting their substantial “research facility.” It is an old steel barn on a far. I have one like it full of old tractors and trucks.

    Of their distinguished eight member “faculty,” one has been dead for six years and another for two.

    And where did they get the dough to send mailings to probably hundreds of thousands of people?

    Um. The don’t disclose funders. Here’s a hint, though. What corporation had history’s largest profits last year?

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