UPDATE: The final version of Cla68’s request is here. As predicted his request was declined.
I periodically check what is happening over at Wikipedia w.r.t. Climate Change and the politics that appear there. There have been a number of people who were topic banned in the most recent Arbitration Case on Climate Change. Slowly people have been requesting lifting of those bans on a case by case basis. The results are both predictable and ideologically biased. No surprise there.
The current case involves User:Cla68 who got caught up in the climate arbitration after he had attempted to improve the Climate Change articles in much the same way he approaches his editing elsewhere on the project: by following the rules, seeking consensus, and most importantly seeking to keep the articles neutral.
Well as anyone who has followed the Wikipedia wars over climate change knows, seeking neutrality puts one directly in the sights of the ideologically driven climate cabal. This is how Cla68 found himself in his current predicament.
I believe that Cla68 is not even a denier of AGW, nor were most of the people who received topic bans, but I believe that he is the first who would have been called a skeptic to seek the lifting of his ban.
As I have noted in previous posts the ideologically driven alarmists have remained true to form as various people have sought the lifting of their bans. Using User:William M. Connolley as an exemplar for all such individuals we can see the insidious manner in which the prevailing bias is maintained. As I have noted earlier WMC has been uniformly supportive of the lifting of the topic bans for like minded individuals, whereas he continues to reject any efforts to allow even neutral editors such as Cla68 to return to editing the topic area. Even those who supported his own return.
So once again the bias is laid bare for all to see. You cannot trust the Climate Change articles on Wikipedia to provide an unbiased view of the topic because only the ideologically pure AGW supporting editors are able to contribute to the encyclopedia that “anyone can edit.”