Wednesday, June 14, 2006

An Inconvenient Scientist

Global warming alarmism is a crock of shit.

Yeah, I understand I'm preaching to the choir here. But with the release of noted divinity and law school dropout Al Gore's glossy propaganda piece, the rhetoric is going to continue, er, heating up. Al, and all those robots out there who continue to uncritically swallow this "science" have started goosestepping out their message:

Will doesn't get it

George F. Will's June 12 column about Al Gore's movie suggests that the columnist can't see the forest for the trees. He is actually down at the leaf level with his commentary.

Will's smug dissection of the movie, and of Gore's stance on global warming and the environment, shows appalling arrogance and ignorance. Does he not have children or grandchildren who are entitled to enjoy an environment not tainted by the current generation of gas-guzzlers and polluters?


This really isn't a political issue -- it is a health issue involving the health of our planet.
Will should stop ignoring the reams of evidence. He should pull his head out of the leaves and see the forest -- before it is gone.


PATRICK O'DIPSHIT, HOPKINS

But Al Gore does

"An Inconvenient Truth" is a movie not to be missed!

Go and see it immediately, then come home and change your lightbulbs, buy a hybrid car, use the light rail, plant a tree and check your thermostat.

If we don't, our poor planet will not be able to support us, or our children and grandchildren.

CAROL KACKER, BLOOMINGTON

Good Lord.

The propaganda manifests itself in 2 ways: first, climate change morons tend to almost exclusively point out some imagined parade of horrors that will result from increased warming, while offering no more explanation for the cause than "it's the CO2 stupid." Have you seen the previews for Gore's movie? It features an animation of a cute polar bear standing on an ice floe as it melts away from underneath it, the shrinking snows of Kilimanjaro (sp?) etc. What you don't see, and probably don't in the movie either (I'll watch it when it comes out on DVD with a large roomful of people to minimize the amount of money Mr. Law School Dropout gets from me) (Hey! Maybe we could do a live MST3K treatment of the movie! Mitch, Chad, Nihilist: have your people get in touch with my people!) (End of overly-intrusive parentheticals), are charts like this that tend to show either that increasing temperatures on earth cause increased atmospheric CO2, and not vice versa, or wooly mammoths drove Hummers and farted a lot. In that chart, the peaks are interglacial periods and the troughs occur during ice ages.

Oh I'm sure they'll present some data, like this famous chart. But note the presentation. The vertical axis plots temperatures by .2 of a degree so as to show dramatic fluxuations in temperature (based, I might add, on incomplete data). If you were to present this chart plotting global temperatures by a single full degree, it would look like this:


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Oh, I know what you climate bobos are saying: blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Go read this fucking book and get back to me. On second thought, don't get back to me. You're stupid.

The second way the global warming propaganda mill presents itself is by its selective citation of "experts". They tend to be heavy on those folks who study the ancillary effects of warming (and don't get me wrong - the earth is getting warmer; in much the same way that it got warmer after the Wurm glaciation ended.), rather than climatologists - you know: those guys that actually have some knowledge of atmospheric science. This piece makes the point rather well, quoting a host of prominent climatologists who see this bunk for what it really is - baseless alarmism:

Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, in Australia gives what, for many Canadians, is a surprising assessment: "Gore's circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention."

But surely Carter is merely part of what most people regard as a tiny cadre of "climate change skeptics" who disagree with the "vast majority of scientists" Gore cites?

No; Carter is one of hundreds of highly qualified non-governmental, non-industry, non-lobby group climate experts who contest the hypothesis that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are causing significant global climate change. "Climate experts" is the operative term here. Why? Because what Gore's "majority of scientists" think is immaterial when only a very small fraction of them actually work in the climate field.

Oh snap. There are many more. RTWT.

I know what some of you less gifted automatons are saying: "Hey those are all foreign scientists out there! Couldn't they find any American climatologists? You know, ones that aren't from a foreign country?"

Believe it or not, somebody actually used that argument once. Bet you can figure out who it was.
Anyway, meet Dr. William Gray. Dr. Gray is a professor of of atmospheric science at Colorado State University. Oh, he's not just any climatology professor. He is THE climatology guy. This guy has cred (emphasis mine):

From his office at Colorado State University at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and 65 miles north of Denver, William M. Gray pioneered the concept of "seasonal" hurricane forecasting - predicting months in advance the severity of the coming hurricane season. Gray's prognostications, issued since 1983, are used by insurance companies to calculate premiums, media outlets to remind coastal residents of the hazards of bad weather, and even storm window manufacturers who have cited the forecasts in their sales pitches.

No, I mean serious cred:

After 20 years of studying tropical cyclones Gray carved out the niche that made him famous - at least for an academic forecaster. The head of the National Hurricane Center had bemoaned the inability to predict the severity of the next hurricane season. Gray started puzzling through the basic storm theory he had been teaching for decades and wondered if there was a way to look at atmospheric factors and extrapolate what might happen in the months ahead. His first forecast was a sensation. "Anyone who could say anything about the coming season, that was big stuff," Gray said.

His take on man-made global climate change?

"It's one of the greatest hoaxes ever," Gray says of global warming, theorizing that it's an alarmist hypothesis made to snare research dollars. Gray believes that climbing temperatures are caused by cyclical warming in the oceans, and that the globe will cool down again in the next 10 to 15 years.

I believe he also referred to it as "brainwashing" at some point too. I disagree. In order to be brainwashed, one necessarily needs to have a brain. And it's a good bet that Dr. Gray doesn't make a cameo in "An Inconvenient 'Truth'".

Mark my words: 10, 15 years from now, we''ll be looking back at this climate change hysteria the same way we now view the swine flu.

Remember that? The vaccine killed more people than the disease did.

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