Acronym Smackdown: ACORE vs. CEI

Wow, two Republicans representing two very different groups have been going after each other on the blogosphere with words and phrases like “It is my intention to destroy your career as a liar” and “nasty-gram” — OK, nasty-gram isn’t a word, but what do you expect from CEI?

It’s Michael Eckhart, head of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) versus Marlo Lewis a senior fellow in environmental policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). You can read Lewis’s side at Planet Gore (where else?) and Eckhart’s side at ACORE’s blog.

I know Eckhart and he’s a solid guy — plus I’m not a big fan of 1) people who post private emails on the internet and 2) professional global warming Denyers — so I’ll take ACORE over CEI/PG any day. Also, this paragraph by PG is illuminating:

Eckhart’s so-called apology claims that I “knowingly mount a false prosecution” against global warming. Upon what evidence does he base this accusation? Eckhart claims that on first meeting him, minutes prior to a debate in which we were opponents, I confided to him that I don’t really believe what I say; I just say it as a “tactic” to advance my agenda. How plausible is that?


Note Lewis makes no denial — he just asks “How plausible is that?” I personally find it very plausible.

Lewis is smart and well-informed, so he has to know just how solid the scientific evidence is for human-cause global warming, and he has to know that all of the Denyer arguments he keeps repeating have long been disproved.

Let’s call this ACORE 1, CEI/PG 0 — and let’s call this PG Disinfotainment Watch #43.