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Friday, February 16th 2007

Deniers Are All The Same

This was on Drudge a few days ago. Ellen Goodman equates Global Warming skeptics and Holocaust deniers,

I would like to say we’re at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.

I’ll refrain from the rant. I will say this, if I was a Holocaust survivor or the descendant of a Holocaust victim I’d be insulted so her choice of analogies shows poor taste. Of course, her logic is faulty as well. Her basic claim is that the evidence for the human contribution to Global Warming and the Holocaust are on par.

We know what I think of that. Anyway, read on, and hopefully shake your head a little bit,

The folks at the Pew Research Center clocking public attitudes show that global warming remains 20th on the annual list of 23 policy priorities. Below terrorism, of course, but also below tax cuts, crime, morality, and illegal immigration.

One reason is that while poles are melting and polar bears are swimming between ice floes, American politics has remained polarized. There are astonishing gaps between Republican science and Democratic science. Try these numbers: Only 23 percent of college-educated Republicans believe the warming is due to humans, while 75 percent of college-educated Democrats believe it.

This great divide comes from the science-be-damned-and-debunked attitude of the Bush administration and its favorite media outlets.

At least Drudge is single handedly leading the counter charge, with shocking headlines leading to Ms. Goodman’s story, and constant links to articles quoting experts who question the effects of Global Warming. Amongst them, this one a few days ago, which looked at the glaciers in the Himalayas,

The issue of glacial retreat is being sensationalised by a few individuals, the septuagenarian Raina claimed. Throwing a gauntlet to the alarmist, he said the issue should be debated threadbare before drawing a conclusion.

However, Dr RK Pachouri, Chairman, Inter-Governmental Panel of Climatic Change said it’s recently released fourth assessment report has recorded increased glacier retreat since the 1980s.

This he said was due to the fact that the carbon dioxide radioactive forcing has increased by 20 per cent particularly after 1995. And also that 11 of the last 12 years were among the warmest 12 years recorded so far.

Surprisingly, Raina, who has been associated with the research and data collection in over 25 glaciers in India and abroad, debunked the theory that Gangotri glacier is retreating alarmingly.

Maintaining that the glaciers are undergoing natural changes, witnessed periodically, he said recent studies in the Gangotri and Zanskar areas (Drung- Drung, Kagriz glaciers) have not shown any evidence of major retreat.

“Claims of global warming causing glacial melt in the Himalayas are based on wrong assumptions,” Raina, a trained mountaineer and skiing expert said. He rued that not much is being done by the Government to create a bank of trained geologists for an in-depth study of glaciers.

Of course India has reasons to try to downplay Global Warming.

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