Denial lives on in the Land o’ Lakes. My brother’s amazing interview of Minneapolis GOP congressional candidate Barb “global warming is a scam … Let’s push it on Africa” White finally got a response from the candidate, sort of. Scienceblogs’ Sheril R. Kirshenbaum reprinted the interview (here), and White’s media/communications director, Don Allen, replied there, three times.
[Existential question of the day: Should I be happy or sad that the PR person for a global warming denier doesn't read my blog.]
Allen’s first reply was, in its entirety:
Well, game, set, and match to Barb White and Don Allen. And if that’s his idea of “open minded,” I’d hate to see what he’s close minded about. Sheril was equally snarky:
To answer real quick, weather and climate are not the same thing. Here’s a link to the EPA Kids Site for detail on the differences as well as information on climate change.
You and your boss may want to brush up on that.
Allen quickly came back with a bland, damage-limiting reply — more in line what you would expect from a PR type:
Thank you for your direction in investigating this theory. It is very important that people use journalism to help expand understanding of information.
However, when one who has a Blog that for the most part is okay – there are bigger issues than “Barb” or “Global warming” going on in our own back yards. I hope that someday we can “agree to disagree”.
Donald W.R. Allen, II – General Manager
Twin City Business/The Independent Business News Network
Thank you “Don” from all of us with Blogs on “global warming.” I hope some day “your children can help my children fight for survival on a planet ruined by humankind’s myopic greed.”
But what is really amazing is that Allen apparently thought better of his reasonableness and immediately posted a review of the denier film The Great Global Warming Swindle written by uber-denier Fred Singer of all people. You can find some sane responses to that film by real climate scientists here.
[No, I just can't bring myself to reprint that much disinformation in one place.]
Who knew that Minneapolis was a hotbed of deniers?
You may remember that in the original interview, Barb claimed “every other climate that has been warmed had better grapes.” This is a classic denier barb that is somewhere between irrelevant and incorrect (see RealClimate’s “Medieval warmth and English wine” and “English vineyards again….“).
In any case, based on their recent remarks, Barb and Don seem to be … overly fond of the grape. Perhaps they are trying to corner the market for Minnesota winemaking, which may well become the next Napa Valley if Barb has her way. Land o’ Grapes, anyone?