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Thursday, December 7th 2006

State Of Fear

I keep using this title over and over for posts. I can’t help it. It describes the situation.

This is what I have been saying! What a surprisingly large, diverse group of scientists and “pundits” (I use that term loosely) have been saying. And what is being said is that the media is creating a hysteria over global warming. (H/T Drudge)

How can we properly judge the data when this is the most politicized, polarized environmental issue of all time?

They Keep Taking This Clip Down, And People Keep Putting It Back Up

David Deming‘s testimony to the Senate’s EPW Committee:

“In 1995, I published a short paper in the academic journal Science. In that study, I reviewed how borehole temperature data recorded a warming of about one degree Celsius in North America over the last 100 to 150 years. The week the article appeared, I was contacted by a reporter for National Public Radio. He offered to interview me, but only if I would state that the warming was due to human activity. When I refused to do so, he hung up on me.

“I had another interesting experience around the time my paper in Science was published. I received an astonishing email from a major researcher in the area of climate change. He said, “We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period.” “The Medieval Warm Period (MWP) was a time of unusually warm weather that began around 1000 AD and persisted until a cold period known as the “Little Ice Age” took hold in the 14th century. … The existence of the MWP had been recognized in the scientific literature for decades. But now it was a major embarrassment to those maintaining that the 20th century warming was truly anomalous. It had to be “gotten rid of.”

We all know the Enviornmental & Public Works committee is (correction: has been) chaired by global warming’s most prominent denier. Actually “denier” isn’t an appropriate word. Few deny the actual warming, for the most part you see questioning of the scientific data to what humans are actually contributing to it, and of course those “hundred year forecasts” of just what the consequences will be (which are of course ridiculous).

Clearly the outgoing chair is trying to get in some last shots, and no one is more favorable to Inhofe’s position than Deming. Inhofe is fighting an uphill battle trying to refute this…

You know who Gore’s sources are? The same one’s you have, the same one’s showing up in Time magazine. The greatest horror is that it is pretended that the debate is settled. How’s this for a retort?

Here’s Deming’s op/ed on Senator Inhofe’s stance on global warming.

My perspective on Mr. Inhofe and the issue of global warming is informed not only by my knowledge of climate science but also by my studies of the history and philosophy of science.

The media hysteria on global warming has been generated by journalists who don’t understand the provisional and uncertain nature of scientific knowledge. Science changes. For years we were told drinking coffee was bad for our health and would increase our risk for heart disease. But more recent studies have shown that not only is coffee safe for our hearts, it can decrease the risk of liver cancer and is chock full of healthy antioxidants.

It is frequently reported that temperatures are now higher than at any time in the last 12,000 years. The fact that the thermometer wasn’t invented until the year 1714 ought to give us pause when evaluating this remarkable claim.

[M]eteorologists can’t predict what the temperature will be in 30 days. How is it we are supposed to believe they can reliably forecast what the temperature will be in 50 years? They can’t, because Earth’s climate system is complex and poorly understood.

And this isn’t whack jobs denying the holocaust or evolution.

Trust Me: These Two Are Not Equal!

No matter what the greens think.