There are (unconfirmed) reports that Wikipedia has fired its long-time climate editor William Connolley. Connolley is a software engineer and host at RealClimate, a pro-Anthropogenic [man-made] Global Warming site that skewers skeptics while praising supporters.  Connolley has been using his position at Wikipedia to promote the cause. Whether this is the reason he may have been fired is uncertain. Lawrence Solomon of the National Post outlines what a busy-bee Mr. Connolley has been:

He rewrote Wikipedia’s articles on global warming, on the greenhouse effect, on the instrumental temperature record, on the urban heat island, on climate models, on global cooling. On Feb. 14, he began to erase the Little Ice Age; on Aug.11, the Medieval Warm Period. In October, he turned his attention to the hockey stick graph. He rewrote articles on the politics of global warming and on the scientists who were skeptical of the band. Richard Lindzen and Fred Singer, two of the world’s most distinguished climate scientists, were among his early targets, followed by others that the band especially hated, such as Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, authorities on the Medieval Warm Period.

All told, Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles. His control over Wikipedia was greater still, however, through the role he obtained at Wikipedia as a website administrator, which allowed him to act with virtual impunity. When Connolley didn’t like the subject of a certain article, he removed it — more than 500 articles of various descriptions disappeared at his hand. When he disapproved of the arguments that others were making, he often had them barred — over 2,000 Wikipedia contributors who ran afoul of him found themselves blocked from making further contributions. Acolytes whose writing conformed to Connolley’s global warming views, in contrast, were rewarded with Wikipedia’s blessings. In these ways, Connolley turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement. (Source)

One Response to “Global Warming and Wikipedia”
  1. Ted says:

    The LORD has stirred up the spirit of Media’s kings; Babylon he is resolved to destroy
    Jeremiah 51

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