William Connolley, arguably the world’s most influential global
warming advocate after Al Gore, has lost his bully pulpit. Connolley
did not wield his influence by the quality of his research or the
force of his argument but through his administrative position at
Wikipedia, the most popular reference source on the planet.
Through his position, Connolley for years kept dissenting views on
global warming out of Wikipedia, allowing only those that promoted
the view that global warming represented a threat to mankind. As a
result, Wikipedia became a leading source of global warming
propaganda, with Connolley its chief propagandist.
His career as a global warming propagandist has now been stopped,
following a unanimous verdict that came down today through an
arbitration proceeding conducted by Wikipedia. In the decision, a
slap-down for the once-powerful Connolley by his peers, he has been
barred from participating in any article, discussion or forum
dealing with global warming. In addition, because he rewrote
biographies of scientists and others he disagreed with, to either
belittle their accomplishments or make them appear to be frauds,
Wikipedia barred him — again unanimously — from editing biographies
of those in the climate change field.
I have written several columns for the National Post on
Connolley’s role as a propagandist. Two of them appear