Bush Climate Plan Evokes a Global Yawn!

PARIS (Reuters) - The world needs tougher action to combat global warming than a plan by President George W. Bush to halt a rise in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions only by 2025, delegates at a climate conference in Paris said on Thursday.

South Africa, one of 17 nations at the two-day global warming talks that started on Thursday, called Bush's proposals “disappointing” and unambitious when many other industrialized economies are already cutting.

Climate Impacts Sternly Misunderestimated

The internationally influential Stern report on climate change underestimated the risks of global warming and should have presented an even bleaker view of the future, according to its own author.

“We underestimated the risks … we underestimated the damage associated with the temperature increases … and we underestimated the probabilities of temperature increases,” said Sir Nicholas Stern.

Are Web Polls All the Harris Gang Has Left?

Climate change spin-doctor Tom Harris has a web poll up on his super-duper denialfest website today, asking people to vote on “How likely is it that human-caused carbon dioxide emissions are causing a climate crisis?”

Any guesses what kind of response you get to such a question posted on a website devoted to denying the realities of human-caused global warming?

The problem though with web polls is that they are very, very easy to game.

The Wikipedia Climate Conspiracy

Resident expert in climate denial at the National Post, Lawrence Solomon, penned a piece recently decrying Wikipedia's entry for science historian Noami Oreskes.

Oreskes is well known for her oft-quoted 2004 article in Science that found that out of a random sample of 928 research articles on climate change, not one questioned the consensus view that human activity is to blame.

Solomon got his hackles up when Wikipedia disallowed his edit of the Oreskes entry referring to a social anthropologist named Benny Peiser (well known to DeSmog), who apparently had “debunked” Oreskes original study.

The Deniers? The World Renowned Scientist Who Got Al Gore Started

“My own personal belief is that we should wait another 10 or 20 years to really be convinced that the greenhouse effect is going to be important for human beings, in both positive and negative ways.”

Roger Revelle, in a letter to then Congressman Jim Bates, July 14, 1988

Among the not-very-credible denials of climate change risk, one of Lawrence Solomon's most offensive is his attack on the memory and work of Dr. Roger Revelle.

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