The number of anti-science decisions the federal government has made in recent years is staggering: axing the...
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann named CNN host Glenn Beck as his runner-up for the “worst person in the world” after Beck made the claim that the hottest year in global history was 1934.
Glenn Beck in trying to deny global warming, told his sheep that the hottest year in global history was 1934 - actually 1934 was the hottest year in American history, whereas the globe, where all of us live, the hottest year was 2005, followed by 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006. I mean I know facts aren't mandatory in what you do, but isn't it embarrassing when you get them wrong every night.”On a technical note (a very minor one), according to NOAA, the organization charged with officially monitoring US surface temperatures, the hottest year on record in the United States is still 1998. Minor point though, because as we all know, expect for maybe Glenn Beck, it's called “global warming,” not “American warming.”
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for a national “carbon tax” on global-warming pollutants and a European levy on imports from countries outside the Kyoto Protocol.
Sarkozy mentioned no names, but any such levy is bound to be targeted at imports from the United States and Australia, the only advanced economies that remain outside the UN's landmark pact on greenhouse-gas emissions.
“Edits” does not even come close to describing the grammatical massacre the White House undertook with CDC Director Julie Gerberding's Senate testimony on the public health effects of climate change.
These were not minor edits the White House PR spin machine would like us to believe. The word-count on the CDC Director's Senate testimony went from 3,107 to 1,500 after the White House got through with it.
Whole sections on health related effects to extreme weather, air pollution-related health effect, allergic diseases, water and food-borne infectious diseases, food and water scarcity and the long term impacts of chronic diseases and other health effects were completely wiped out of the testimony.
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino is digging a deeper and deeper hole trying to spin the latest White House science muzzling scandal uncovered earlier this week.
In her daily press briefing yesterday, Perino stated that:
I’m sure lots of people would love to ridicule me when I say this, but it is true that many people die from cold-related deaths every winter. And there are studies that say that climate change in certain areas of the world would help those individuals.”
But according to research released this summer, the increase in extremely hot summers predicted by climate change models will lead to a higher death toll that will not be offset by fewer deaths during warmer winters.
So it looks like Perino's statement is clearly not true, or at the least not as scientifically conclusive as she would hope we could be lead to believe by the White House spin machine.
Today, scientists are publicly denouncing the White House for the “censoring of science,” after it was uncovered earlier this week that significant edits were made to testimony prepared for a Senate hearing on the impact of climate change on health.
White House officials deleted key portions citing diseases that could flourish in a warmer climate.
“Dr. Gerberding is the lead of the premiere public health agency in the U.S.,” said Kim Knowlton, a science fellow on global warming and health at the National Resources Defense Council in New York. “It's shocking that she was not allowed to say in a public discussion some of these vital details.
“One has to wonder why was this is so threatening to the White House.”
Here's a New Scientist editorial pointing out the absurdity of Dr. S Fred Singer and Dennis Avery's recent PR campaign attacking the science of global warming.
It's behind a pay-per-view wall, so I've pulled a few quotes for those who don't have access to the whole article:
We need climate change sceptics. Not because they are right - at least not on the big issue of human culpability in recent warming - but because they ask hard questions that lead to deeper knowledge. What we do not need from them is misrepresentation and cynical trashing of scientists' work.”
Here's new NASA satellite video showing the astounding loss of Arctic sea ice.
Must we be equal opportunity critics in all cases, or should we blunt our barbs lest they injure our friends?
According to Ronald Neilson, a professor at Oregon State University and bioclimatologist with the USDA Forest Service, the fires are in line with what climate change models have been predicting for a long time - both in short term forecasts and long term patterns. Studies from five years ago that Neilson was involved with, predicted that the American west would become both warmer and wetter, creating a landscape ripe for catastrophe.