AGW denier keep Sandy’s wikipedia page climate-change-free for days

Does he embody the spirit of Wikipedia, really?

Meet The Climate Change Denier Who Became The Voice Of Hurricane Sandy On Wikipedia | Popular Science.

“All I am is a contributor. I have no title, I’m just a Joe Blow,” says Ken Mampel, a currently unemployed 56-year-old living in Ormond Beach, Florida. He’s also largely responsible for the Wikipedia article about Hurricane Sandy. If it isn’t already, that article will eventually become the single most-viewed document about the hurricane. On the entire internet.

In an unpaid but frenzied fit of news consumption, editing, correction, aggregation, and citation, Mampel has established himself as by far the most active contributor to the Wikipedia page on Hurricane Sandy, with more than twice the number of edits as the next-most-active contributor at the time this article was written.

And Mampel made sure that the Hurricane Sandy article, for four days after the hurricane made landfall in New Jersey, had no mention of “global warming” or “climate change” whatsoever.

[...] Ken Mampel really thinks he is improving that page by eliminating an unclear passage about climate change, so that’s a “good faith” edit. Which, for Wikipedians, means the system is working. But what about for those 500,000 readers who didn’t get the full story?

[...] for days, the internet’s most authoritative article on a major tropical storm system in 2012 was written by a man with no meteorological training who thinks climate change is unproven and fought to remove any mention of it.

Hurricane Sandy impacts the ENTIRE Eastern U.S.

I’m not convinced you must have training in the subject to edit a Wikipedia article but Ken has too much of an agenda and it isn’t “truth”. The TRUTH is that people associated Hurricane Sandy with global warming. While there are no references to validate that, the TRUTH is that the event is having a cultural effect and impacting the discussion. It’s disingenuous to say that it isn’t a part of the story of Hurricane Sandy, whether there is a direct link or not.

Thoughts? Keep in mind I don’t want to hear what you feel about AGW, I’d like to know how you think this issue merits reference on Wikipedia – the focus of the story.

  7 comments for “AGW denier keep Sandy’s wikipedia page climate-change-free for days

  1. Phil
    November 3, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    It’s fairly ludicrous is it not, that an editor with no knowledge or expertise gets to edit a topic? Would you let me edit Eurodollar spreads or the history of the Catholic Church?

    • One Eyed Jack
      November 4, 2012 at 4:22 AM

      Exactly why you should never trust information on a Winking.

      • One Eyed Jack
        November 4, 2012 at 4:28 AM

        Wiki…. last time I post from my Kindle.

  2. November 3, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    I firmly believe that climate change is a reality, but I have read that even climatologists are not saying much about causation yet. Not mentioning it yet doesn’t take away the validity of it. I do have a problem with a denialist creating a page for something that he has no experience in and wasn’t even there. It makes all of his sources questionable.

  3. Rand
    November 5, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    To me, the biggest question about climate change isn’t “is it happening”, (after all, the climate has always been changing (ice ages etc)). And not really even “do humans contribute to it” (the science seems pretty clear that we do)).

    To me the biggest questions are

    1) can we stop/reverse it? I personally suspect not, the climate is a pretty chaotic system, but even if we come up with the technological means to do so (cutting CO2 and the like), it is unlikely we will come up with the political will to do so. And other, more “active” attempts, (various “sun blocking” schemes like orbiting tin foil dust to reflect the sun, or carbon absorption schemes such as seeding the oceans with stuff to promote algae growth) are just as likely to backfire in bad ways.

    2) What can we to to mitigate and/or live with the effects of climate change? That one is tricky. We are still guessing at what the results are gonna be, other than “bigger storms”… but what can we really do about it? Better building codes? abandon low-lying ocean-front areas? Derive more drought-resistant (or storm damage resistant?) crops?

  4. January 8, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    How can this even be a topic of debate? Of course Hurricane Sandy was caused by Global Warming! There have never been hurricanes like that in the past or such severe flooding. This hurricane was a catastrpohy on a whole new level. Unfortunately, with Global Warming, those are becoming much more commonplace and occurring much more often. Look at the storm in the Phillipenes a couple months ago, which was also caused by Global Warming. It’s so sad that we are doing this to ourselves and we will soon be extinct.

    • January 8, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      I don’t think we can fairly say that. GW may have contributed to it but was not “caused” by it.

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