Google the name “Kristen Byrnes” and you'll see a lot of buzz over her recent musings about Al Gore and James Hansen.
Headlines like “15-year-old outsmarts NASA's global warming alarmist,” and, “Teenager takes on Global Warming Scientist” are popping up all over the smogosphere. The attention seems somewhat confounding, given that this 15 year-olds work isn't uncovering any earth-shattering news or data, or anything that hasn't been bounced around the global warming denier myth chamber a thousand times already.
Check out her website here.
And to the term “taking on.” What exactly does that mean? Is she going to fight Hansen at the bike racks after school or something?
Seems that the attention is mainly due to the fact that the writer is 15 years-old and nothing more. It's also quite apparent that the attention she's receiving from Brett Bozell's Media Research Center, Newsbusters, ExxonMobil funded, echo chamber is helping boost her credibility in the global warming denial industry.
On one hand, I do feel bad to have to write critically of an obviously inspired young person, it's great to see such enthusiasm. On the other hand, I'm very encouraged to see that the denial movement is so excited over their latest member - it shows just how desperate they are becoming for new sources of global warming denialism.
H/T to the ever-on-the-ball, Eli Rabett.