Herald Sun War on Science #4: playing the man

Raising the quality of the climate change debate

[Hat tip to Deltoid, I’ve been remiss in monitoring Andrew Bolt for a week.]

The denial movement is searching desperately for a way to dismiss the continuing flow of reports that vindicate both Phil Jones and the Climate Recent Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia.

Andrew Bolt, our resident climate demagogue resorts to the standard trope of all anti-science movements, the ad hominem attack:

You see…

Lord Oxburgh is so concerned at the potential destruction from globalwarming that he wants to devote more of his time to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fossil fuels…

At home, Oxburgh has persuaded his wife and son to use bicycles and abandon the car ”except for trips to the supermarket”. For those, he uses a diesel capable of 60 miles to the gallon.

“‘Domestically we all ride bicycles and use the car as little as we can,’ he said. The family has also abandoned air travel for holidays – though Oxburgh still regularly has to fly on business matters.

Exactly what do you think he was likely to conclude about Climategate?

The basic form of this argument is this:

Person 1 makes claim X

There is something objectionable about Person 1

Therefore claim X is false

Little more needs to be said other than “playing the man” is well recognised as a logical fallacy.

Now, before anyone accuses of me of tu quoque and attacking Mr. Bolt, let me remind anyone that all I am doing is pointing out an obvious logical fallacy.

2 thoughts on “Herald Sun War on Science #4: playing the man

  1. Sou says:

    Crikey, the good Lord must be an enemy of the state if he rides a bicycle – and the nerve of him roping his innocent family into the same dastardly deed. Imagine what atrocities would be committed if he walked anywhere.

    Of course, as Bolt implies, anyone who cycles, such as Tony Abbott, is the devil in disguise. And organised cycling events are devilish conspiracies – like the Tour de France and the Tour Down Under and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Just a minute – doesn’t Bolt write for the Herald Sun?

  2. LeftRightOut says:

    “Playing the man” – you mean like labelling anyone unconvinced of so called “climate science” as a “denier”?
    It appears [from your quote] that the author was suggesting that Lord Oxburg has already picked a side. I think you need to read a little more about the good Lord.

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