Breaking news via The Onion:
Nation's Climatologists Exhibiting Strange Behavior
For some reason, climatologists have been running around in an agitated state, waving their little arms and squawking about "global warming."
Wait! Who is that under the heading "climatologists typically quiet, docile"?
Art Robinson? A climatologist?
Sometimes The Onion is actually funnier than The Onion means to be. If you aren't up on Art Robinson, he's the scientist turned politician who ran against Congressman Peter DeFazio last year (and lost).
Art Robinson falls firmly into the climate-change denier camp. But he does indeed sometimes exhibit strange behavior …
Anne Finn of The Onion says including Robinson as a climatologist was not intentional. She says, "From time to time, we'll find that our articles and videos have layers to them that even we don't realize from the outset."
Tea Party candiate Art Robinson who took on Congressman Peter DeFazio for his congressional seat in 2010 and lost has been strangely silent on the nuclear issue post-Japanese tsunami and the recent announcement that three Japanese nuclear reactors melted down after the disaster.
But he has weighed in on the issue via a small newspaper in Colorado, The Greeley Gazette.
Robinson has taken a very pronuclear stance and has touted the benefits of radiation hormesis, a concept that very low doses of radiation are beneficial. Controversially, a newsletter he edits and publishes, Access to Energy, has suggested adding radiation to Oregon's water, dumping it in the ocean using it in the concrete used in building houses, thereby storing the radiation and providing Oregonians with its "benefits."
The full article, entitled "Scientist and Tea Party candidate: world never in danger from Japanese reactor," is available here, but here's some snippets.
When asked about the nuclear power plant in Japan following a 7.4 magnitude earthquake, Robinson said, "A nuclear power plant was struck by the largest earthquake in a thousand years and a wall of water 50 or 70 feet high. As far as I know, no one has received a dangerous amount of radiation. There were 25,000 people killed by the tidal wave. The Japanese did a phenomenal job and got control of it without any real harm. They did a great job and should be proud of how they handled it."
Regarding alarmists who said the meltdown would result in lethal levels of radiation across the globe Robinson said, "All this hype is an attempt to demonize nuclear power." Prior to the report of the three reactors melting down he said that even if the reactors had melted down the radiation situation would not have changed significantly. Robinson also said critics of nuclear power don't take into account how many people have been saved by the power generated by the plants.
And my personal favorite.
When asked about the radiation death toll from Chernobyl he had a shocking answer. "Mothers aborted their unborn children based on media concerns, the plant only killed 31 but tens of thousands were killed by unprincipled reporting."
The reports from Oregon State are in about Art Robinson's rally against OSU today.
No one really came. I used an asterisk because well, people came, but it would appear that more orange-clad future nuclear scientists showed up than Robinson supporters.
There was a front page above-the-fold story in the R-G today nicely laying out the "controversy."
According to EW's OSU sources (we have people … everywhere) Robinson and six other people set up a table on the Memorial Union lawn. Forty or so students, most appearing to be from the nuclear engineering program Robinson has been making allegations against, showed up with signs and protested Robinson's protest.
No one was there to protest the whole nuclear issue, from what we could tell, despite that whole Japan meltdown thing.
So who's behind all those mysterious attack ads against local Congressman Peter DeFazio?
The answer is a reclusive, conservative Wall Street mega-millionaire who installed a $2.7-million toy train set in his mansion and spent $28-million to buy up adjoining Manhattan apartments for his daughter and would get hit by taxes on large Wall Street speculators proposed by DeFazio, according to reports in the Oregonian, Washington Post and Willamette Week.
Just who was behind "Concerned Taxpayers of America," the group funding the attack ads, was a secret until Friday when the group was legally required to report its donors. The report listed just two "concerned taxpayers"— a Maryland concrete baron who has bankrolled opposition to a Maryland congressman and $200,000 in contributions from secretive hedge fund manager Robert Mercer, a major contributor to DeFazio's right-wing opponent Art Robinson.
The ads have helped Robinson—an irascible, fringe chemist who has called for the elimination of public schools, the EPA and social security and claimed global warming is a hoax and radioactive waste has health benefits—pull within six points of DeFazio in a recent Republican poll. The revelation of who funded the ads now comes after many may have already returned their ballots in Oregon's vote-by-mail election.
Republican Art Robinson, Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio and Green Party candidate Mike Bellstein will meet in their first public debate at the City Club of Eugene noon luncheon Friday, Sept. 10, at the Eugene Hilton. The Robinson campaign is reportedly telling Republicans to come early and pack the room.
Bellstein currently serves on the Corvallis City Council and his website is http://www.newmenu.org/mikebeilstein
See our story on Art Robinson at http://www.eugeneweekly.com/2010/08/12/coverstory.html