The Daily Show Notes Irony of Koch-Funded Study Affirming Global Warming is Real

Thu, 2011-10-27 11:19Steve Horn
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The Daily Show Notes Irony of Koch-Funded Study Affirming Global Warming is Real

Last night's entire first segment of The Daily Show focused on the recent study funded by the Koch Brothers that confirmed (again) that climate change is indeed a reality - an ironic twist given the Kochtopus' track record of fueling the climate change denial echo chamber with upwards of $55 million.

As described in an earlier piece on DeSmogBlog, “The [Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST)] paper, an effort to confirm or debunk whether the urban heat island (UHI) effect was skewing climate records, has affirmed - again - that global temperature records are accurate and worrisome.”

In a manner that only John Stewart and his Daily Show team can, they unpacked the hilarious irony of the whole situation. The segment, roughly ten minutes long, is well worth watching for the laughs alone, especially the McRib-ing of the mainstream media's pathetic coverage of climate science and fixation on corporate advertising ploys. And Aasif Mandvi's interviews, of course. Watch the video below:

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As Stewart’s clip points out - this story isn’t getting nearly the coverage that ClimateGate did - lots of reasons for that of course, but a main one is that “ClimateGate” had a PR machine behind it, and one of the things they did was name it “ClimateGate” – I’m looking to DeSmog for the name of this counter story – can we get some thing snappier than “Koch-Funded Study that Affirms Climate Change Is Real” or “The [Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST)] paper Story”? 

I like also how at the end of that video, Stewart points another contradiction in the deniers argument. How the media is somehow dominated by Liberal agenda’s. Clearly it’s not.


BEST authors are reaching opposite conclusions about their findings. - hilarity ensues.

Tamino is on that, discussing both the Daily Mail report and Curry’s blog about being quoted inaccurately to some extent:

From the Daliy Mail “Scientist who said climate change sceptics had been proved wrong accused of hiding truth by colleague.”

The 2nd lead author of that paper, Dr. Judith Curry, says that all the claims made in the rushed press-releases were a mistake, accusses Prof Muller of “hiding the decline” when he stated that warming had not reached a standstill.



Hank, there are problems with what Curry said, and Rose did not get it all right either:


This is a guest post by David Suzuki.

Brothers Charles and David Koch run Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned company in the U.S., behind Cargill. They’ve given close to US$70 million to climate change denial front groups, some of which they helped start, including Americans for Prosperity, founded by David Koch and a major force behind the Tea Party movement.

Through their companies, the Kochs are the...

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