An interesting feature of the LivefromGolgafrincham website discussed in the previous post, and in particular the thread on climate communication, is how many people did not realise that it was a spoof. Even the blog proprietor, , Willis Eschenbach, a sceptic who posts regularly at WUWT, argued quite vociferously against the post, and continued to do so for some time after more and more hints were given. Perhaps more surprisingly, Geoff Chambers, who himself writes satirical articles such as the “Apocalypse close” series, seems to have been taken in, until the satirical nature of LFG was pointed out by Ian Woolley (who seems to have some inside knowledge about the LFG site). On the other side of the fence, andthentheresphysics took a lot of convincing that it was satire, leading commenter OPatrick to wonder “I’m mystified. Did I look at a different blog from you lot?”
There does seem to be an increasing tendency for sceptics to ridicule the arguments of climate alarm. Another such blog is Climate Nuremberg, which recently had a post on Why is it so hard to have a panicked, hysterical conversation about climate change? Previous comments by this blogger have also been misinterpreted, see this post at WUWT, where the comment thread alternates between angry attacks and people saying the site is obviously satire.
Another spoof website is GreenTremayne, giving helpful tips on reducing your carbon footprint, and selling carbon credits.
The proclamations made in the name of global warming have become so absurd that they are difficult to parody. For example, recently we have been told that climate change made it harder to find the missing Malaysian plane, and that the climate will “cross the dangerous warming threshold in 2036”. Numberwatch has a list of things caused by global warming. Roy Spencer laments that Global Warming is Destroying April Fools Day.
Of course there is a term for this effect – it’s known as Poe’s law: “Without a blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of extremism or fundamentalism that someone won’t mistake for the real thing.”