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‘I Have Committed Intellectual Blasphemy’ – Alexander Cockburn On ‘Climate Change’

Following the death of Alexander Cockburn,  Spiked-Online.com republish his spiked piece on what happens to leftists who challenge climate-change alarmism:

‘I have committed intellectual blasphemy’ – Alexander Cockburn on ‘Climate Change’

The Irish-raised, America-based rabble-rousing journalist Alexander Cockburn, a columnist for The Nation and co-editor of Counterpunch, has died at the age of 71. In tribute, spiked republishes this piece on climate-change catastrophism that he contributed in 2008.

While the world’s climate is on a warming trend, there is zero evidence that the rise in CO2 levels has anthropogenic origins. For daring to say this I have been treated as if I have committed intellectual blasphemy.

In magazine articles and essays I have described in fairly considerable detail, with input from the scientist Martin Hertzberg, that you can account for the current warming by a number of well-known factors – to do with the elliptical course of the Earth in its relationship to the sun, the axis of the Earth in the current period, and possibly the influence of solar flares.

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Alexander Cockburn, RIP

I’m sure there will be many disinfonauts who mourn the passing of Alexander Cockburn, whose research and writing informed many a dissenting American patriot. Even the mainstream media’s Gray Lady affords him a glowing obituary:

Alexander Cockburn, the mordant left-wing journalist and author who though born in Scotland thrived in the political and cultural battlegrounds of the United States, died on Saturday in Bad Salzhausen, Germany, where he had been receiving medical treatment, his family said. He was 71.

The cause was cancer, said Jeffrey St. Clair, a friend and colleague.

Mr. St. Clair announced Mr. Cockburn’s death on CounterPunch, the Web site that the two men edited. Mr. Cockburn kept his illness a secret, Mr. St. Clair, added, and continued writing until the end of his life.

“His body was deteriorating, but his prose remained as sharp, lucid and deadly as ever,” Mr. St. Clair wrote on the site.


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