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Wingnut Thinktank Watch (Council on Foreign Relations Edition)

Those of us who hoped that Paul Krugman would recover from his fit of shrillness once we were no longer ruled by wingnuts are disappointed. For now he is seeing wingnuts everywhere. Unfortunately, he is right:

Wingnuts, wingnuts everywhere - Paul Krugman Blog - NYTimes.com: Who knew? The director of the international economics program at the Council on Foreign Relations is a gold bug, who believes that Jacques Rueff demolished the foundations of Keynesian economics in 1947 — a development somehow not noticed by Paul Samuelson, Robert Solow, Milton Friedman, James Tobin …

Is the Council’s science program directed by a creationist who believes that Bishop Wilberforce demolished the theory of evolution in 1860?

I think the answer is that things are not quite that bad--but that they almost are:

Climate Progress: Council on Foreign Relations is duped by Inhofe, labels denial rehash an “Essential Document” and a “primary source”: I was worried the media would be duped by Inhofe’s repackaged disinformation. Turns out the first to bite was the Council on Foreign Relations, widely (though it would seem, incorrectly) viewed as an uber-credible, centrist organization.

They have a list of what they claim are “ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTS: Vital primary sources underpinning the foreign policy debate.” Yes, you guessed it, the latest addition is U. S. Senate Minority Report: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims Scientists Continue to Debunk “Consensus” in 2008.

It is grotesque enough that CFR calls this an essential document. But it is absurd to call this a “primary source” when it is nothing more than a rehash of denier talking points and a retread collection of quotes by other people, many of whom aren’t scientists and/or don’t even question human-cause global warming (see more on the laughable, padded Inhofe list). It is especially annoying for CFR to repeat the whole name of the report so that anyone looking at their “Essential Documents” page for any reason would have this disinformation shoved down their throat.

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