It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a scientist who applies the laws of physics to the behaviour of the atmosphere must be part of a communist conspiracy to overthrow Christianity and impose a genocidal world government.
However, such consensus can be wrong and it is only now that one of the best-kept military secrets of the last 50 years is starting to unravel. As an example, writing on The Conversation, Glenn Tamblyn, restaurateur and Skeptical Science blogger, slipped up by trying to justify the IPCC view of global warming by claiming that the same physics was the key to the operation of heat-seeking missiles. Once it is appreciated that the alleged physics of global warming is clearly wrong, all becomes clear. The whole global warming hoax is simply a cover story, concocted to conceal how the so-called "heat-seeking missiles" actually work.
As is shown by the Oregon petition, even Mickey Mouse has been able to see through the cover story. However, as is usual with military secrets, the knowledge that something is being hidden is hard to conceal. The important thing is to divert attention from what is being concealed by coming up with a spurious reason for the concealment and deception.
The "bottom line" is that all the global warming conspiracy theories (except this one) are part of the same conspiracy as global warming.
This is clearly an Anglo-American operation: most of the impetus is coming from the USA, but the depth and diversity of the deception recalls classic British ploys from past wars. A famous example was the British cover story that the Zimmermann telegram (offering Mexico parts of the USA if they joined the German side in WW1) had been stolen from the German embassy in Mexico city. The reality was that the British were tapping cables and had cracked the German codes. Similarly in WW2, the British force-fed their aircrew with carrots for the alleged benefits of vitamin A on vision, all as a cover for successes that were actually due to radar. Other such ploys were the false tanks in Norfolk suggesting the D-day landings would be near Calais rather than in Normandy (this was part of the plot of the book and film Eye of the Needle). And of course, there was (or wasn't) The Man Who Never Was where a body was left to float ashore in Spain, carrying a briefcase with what were purported to be invasion plans.
One of the challenges in unravelling the conspiracy to spread conspiracy theories is to identify who was "in the know". In other words who was spreading conspiracy theories knowing them to be false vs who were the gullible who were being fed conspiracy stories that pandered to their vested interests and prejudices.
In Britain, Margaret Thatcher began with the simple greenhouse hoax to misrepresent the properties of CO2 that allegedly allowed heat-seeking missiles to operate. As that story started to fall apart, a cover story was developed to explain Mrs Thatcher's role. This was presented by Nigel Calder in The Great Global Warming Swindle, where he explained that Mrs. Thatcher had been in alliance with neo-Marxists to break the power of the mining unions. Clearly establishment figures such as Nigel Lawson who served in the Thatcher government will be in on the plot and this explains Lord Lawson's reluctance to reveal the funding of Global Warming Policy Foundation. Similarly Christopher Monckton (the 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley) who was a key adviser to Mrs. Thatcher during the Falklands war would be a key part of the organisation. In this he follows the role of his father (the 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley) who rose to be head of PR for the British army. One of the key roles of such high-profile establishment figures is to make regular visits to colonies to deliver instructions to cognoscenti and drop hints to the gullible.
Similarly in the USA the "cold warriors" described in Oreskes and Conway in Merchants of Doubt are closely linked to the military-industrial complex. Their preferred approach was to denounce AGW as a communist conspiracy and immanent threat to America, long after the remaining communist nations had degenerated into Chinese hyper-capitalism or Korean hereditary rule.
Among the gullible who readily accept conspiracy theories that have been crafted to fit their existing prejudices, Cardinal George Pell is a prime example. Pell has swallowed, hook line and sinker, the view that the aim of scientists in researching climate change is to replace Christianity with a pantheistic religion. Wannabe scientists like John McLean tend to favour the theory that the motivation is simply money, without careful thought as to why anyone would put up the money to bribe scientists in this way. Simpler folk such as Malcolm Roberts, Joanne Codling (Jo Nova) and her partner David Evans cling to more traditional anti-semitic ideas and attribute the conspiracy to "wealthy banking families".
Sitting on top of all this purported motivations, like froth on a sewage plant, is the alleged scientific content: missing water vapour feedback, corrupted temperature data, undersea volcanoes etc. All this is just irrelevant decoration, included in the narrative just to "prove" that there is a conspiracy. In this, Ian Plimer has played a central role because his views are so inconsistent that there are bits that can be co-opted by anyone.
However producing such a barrage of irrelevant "evidence" carries the danger that the truth could be identified by what is missing-- (as in John Le Carre's novel The Honourable Schoolboy). To counter this possibility, the true story about the radiative properties of CO2 has been fed into the network of conspiracy theories, but placed in the hand of the supremely ineffectual John Nicol. Indeed John Nicol's views are so systematically ignored by the members of the advisory board that Nicol heads for the Australian Climate Science Coalition, that some of the board members must be "in the know". Thus board member Bob Carter has testified on oath that "all competent scientists acknowledge that CO2 is a greenhouse gas".
A more telling example of the "double bluff", in another twist worthy of a Le Carre novel, is the story, clearly planted by British intelligence services, that British intelligence services are to blame for the global warming hoax. In Australia, this story has been placed in the willing hands of the Citizens Electoral Council, who, as followers of Lyndon LaRouche echo his anti-British sentiments, and revive the idea of "genocide" as the ultimate aim of their preferred conspiracy, promoted by the drug-running british royal family. Thus the truth is concealed by linking it to to the most ridiculous back-story. This sort of double bluff is alien to American thinking. Thus the complementary claim blaming the CIA, "laundered" through mining magnate Clive Palmer, came late in the day and was never seriously promoted.
What we have seen over 2012 is increasing desperation as the scaffolding of conspiracy and counter-conspiracy starts to fall apart. Particular hostility has been focused on a paper by Stephan Lewandowsky at the University of Western Australia. Lew andowsky's "sin" is to identify a tendency for conspiratorial thinking among those who oppose the IPCC view of global warming. The ferocity of the response reflects how Lewandowsky has come dangerously close to revealing how the intelligence services are acting in planting the counter-conspiracy ideas among those who are receptive.
Similar desperation is the attention-grabbing antics of senior opposition figures in Australia who have gone to the extreme of linking themselves to the Evans/Codling/Roberts "banking families" conspiracy theory, in an effort to distract attention from the emerging truth about the so-called heat-seeking missiles. Suddenly in 2012 we see Evans and Roberts communicating their long-standing anti-semitic views in the mainstream media, and more tellingly having their views embraced by senior politicians.
Thus when Liberal party power-broker, former Senator Nick Minchin had the chance to present evidence against AGW in the television program I Can Change Your Mind About Climate his first choice, and only Australian choice, was the Evans/Codling couple.
As variation, current Liberal leader Tony Abbott tends to favour the Galileo Movement (of which Malcolm Roberts is chief executive) as his preferred source of anti-semitic anti-AGW incitement.
What remains unclear is how the end-game will play out. However our loyal readers can rest assured that we will fearlessly report on developments until the black helicopters come to get us.
Prof Dr Moritz Lorenz. Sarah Palin School of Geography, Economics and Quantum Computing, University of Narbethong, West Island Campus, NZ