Global Cooling: Deliberate lies or abject stupidity?

There is a nice repudiation by Tamino at Open Mind of the current round of stories announcing the “cooling trend” in global average temperatures. (Thx Jim Eager for noticing.)

Tamino concludes that the deniers are right: it was cooler in 2008 than in 2007 - which is a variation - but inexorably warmer over the last century - which is the trend.

When people ignore this longterm direction, choosing instead to pick the high point (perhaps 1998) and then claim a decline in average temperature, Tamino keeps an open mind about whether that is a reflection of dishonesty or stupidity.

In this, however, stupidity should not be a defence. It’s bullshit, even if the liar is delusional rather than dishonest.

Climate Change Cancelled! (Whew!)

Good News! Climate change is all a big mistake! This remarkable finding was revealed by Michael Asher in Daily Tech – a publication more focused on iPhones than atmospheric science.

Asher’s piece Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979 confidently states that “Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago…”

Strange. That’s not what scientists are saying. Just last month NASA released a chilling report showing that between 1.5 trillion and 2 trillion tons of ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska have melted at an accelerating rate since 2003 – enough to fill Chesapeake Bay 21 times.

Bjorn Lomborg and the Long Con

Not to Be Missed: Mashey Bashing Bjorn

Frequent DeSmogBlog comment contributor John R. Mashey does a lovely job deconstructing Bjorn Lomborg’s fictional liberalism in a post here at The Way Things Break.

Lomborg’s con is to argue that climate change, while a valid concern, is a much lower priority than dealing with starvation and disease in the developing world. Mashey points out, however, that buddy Bjorn is too busy enriching himself on the denier think tank speaker circuit to actually spend any time advocating for an increase in global aid.

Mashey’s more polite than I would have been, but he also shreds Lomborg and his entire argument to better effect.

The unequivocal faith of the climate change quibblers

An article on the Heritage Foundation’s blog today shows just how little it takes for some people to put their head back in the sand when it comes to dealing with global warming.

Heritage staffer Conn Carroll declares Study Shows Global Warming Will Not Hurt U.S. Economy

Carroll pretty much leaves it at that. Other than including a single self-fulfilling quote cherry-picked from the study and another from US News correspondent James Pethokoukis who comes to this strange conclusion:

So if you do buy into the theory of man-made climate change, the next logical move would surely be to do nothing that would slow growth and technologcal [sic] advancement in rich countries — such as a cap-and-trade regulatory system or onerous carbon taxes — and do more to accelerate growth in poor ones through free trade and the exporting of democratic capitalism.

Win free books every month on DeSmogBlog

The DeSmogBlog team was thinking up new ways to thank all of our loyal readers and also keep spreading the word about energy issues and global warming. So we’ve decided that we’ll run a monthly book giveaway event.

The give-away is really simple. We’ve combined our monthly newsletter subscription list with the book give-away draw, so every month we’ll pick five names from our subscriber list and send them a copy of a recently released book.

So all you do to enter is click on the “enter here” link in the right hand column where it says “DeSmogBlog Monthly Book Contest,” fill out the form (takes 15 seconds) and then kick back and wait until the end of the month when we’ll announce the winners in our newsletter.

This month we’re giving away 5 signed copies of Rainforest Action Network Executive Director Michael Brune’s new book Coming Clean: Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal.

Coming clean is an in-depth look at how America’s addiction to fossil fuels is corrupting third world countries, draining our resources and wreaking havoc on our climate. Brune outlines his vision for how we can get off fossil fuel and move to a sustainable clean energy economy.

So please join up, pass this on to your friends and cross your fingers!


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