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5 Awards For the World's Most Heinous Climate Villains

As the world heats up and extreme weather increases there are a bunch of high-profile people who just don't get it, are handsomely rewarded not to get it, or both.

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Corporate Teats: The attention has been good enough, along with upcoming free junkets to denier fests hosted by Far Right "think tanks" like CEI, Cato, and Heartland.

Most Egregious Lie: Lewis: "Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life."

Comeuppance: Sentenced to 30 days in the public stocks outside Sather Gate in Berkeley. No diapers allowed.

2. Brain-Fried '60s Icon Award

Ted Nugent

Misdeeds: Went from heading a psychedelic band in the '60s to touring in militia fatigues and howling "suck my machine gun, Obama." Hangs out with Sean Hannity and Massey Coal's Don Blankenship, and played guitar at Don's '09 "Friends of America" mountaintop removal celebration. Said our problems in Iraq are caused by the fact that we decided "not to Nagasaki them." As an inspiration to today's obtuse libertarians, he purports to despise all "Big Government" regulation and handouts, yet as the national spokesman for DARE, Ted receives federal funds to help local law enforcement regulate drug use.

Corporate Teats: Massey Coal, National Rifle Association, Republican Party, old people with terrible taste in music.

Most Egregious Lie: " Global warming is a fraud. Watch Glenn Beck."

Comeuppance: Cat scratch syphilis

Stewart Brand

Misdeeds: Wrecked any remaining cred from his stint as a Merry Prankster and '60s tepee and patchouli oil Whole Earth Catalog by hitching his wagon to corporate America. Tours the country with a Power Point presentation, trying to persuade people that nuclear power is going to save us from global warming. Missed the memo that nuclear costs at least $7 million a megawatt, and insurance beyond the federal guarantee is not available. Constantly cites bad data, bullshits about nuclear waste disposal technology and now, he's even for "clean coal" (read: coal).

Stewart Brand

Corporate Teat: Global Business Network, a corporate consulting firm co-founded by Brand, which counts among its clients next-gen nuclear developers GE, Bechtel, Duke Power and Westinghouse.

Most Egregious Lie: To scare environmentalists into embracing nuclear: "I would like to see an environmental movement that's comfortable noticing when it's wrong ..." because "...DDT was banned worldwide, and malaria took off in Africa." (DDT was never banned for disease prevention.)

Comeuppance: Uranium bong hits.

3. Credentials in the Wrong Field Award

Anthony Watts**

Misdeeds: Overnight, went from local TV weatherman to a climate "expert," constantly attacking scientific reports for groupthink, grant-seeking greed, and phony data. Sent his minions to photograph those US temperature stations which he claimed were too close to heat sinks, skewing temperature readings.

NOAA decided to take him up on his claim and analyzed the station data from all 1218 sites, and found no evidence of bias or distortion. Anthony instantly dropped the project with no mention of his error and simply began shouting, "Climategate!" -- the oil company e-burglary and nontroversy, which ultimately offered no evidence of scientific wrongdoing.

Anthony Watts

Corporate Teats: People contribute to the "cookie jar" on his loony blog, but oil and coal companies support him through former pro-smoking "researchers" at the Heartland Institute.

Most Egregious Lie: "The Hockey Stick is Broken!" Really? The hockey stick has been duplicated in over 20 charts from climate scientists, and vindicated in an exhaustive study by the National Academy of Sciences.

Comeuppance: Cross checked by Al Roker.

Edward Wegman

Misdeeds: Statistician from George Mason University in Virginia (which receives financial support from Koch and other dirty companies), who in '06 was enlisted by congressional denier "Smokey" Joe Barton (R-Texas) to disprove anthropogenic global warming. " The Wegman Report," billed as an "independent" analysis, was actually based on source material provided by a Barton staffer. Despite the affront to scientific rigor, the work attained iconic status on wacky denier blogs.

 
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