Anti-Gore Hate Mail Campaign Too Obvious to Be Believed

If you’re looking for  evidence of the gathering campaign to game the public conversation about climate change, check out this CNN post of Al Gore’s presentation to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Scroll to the bottom of the story and you will see that in less than two hours from the time of posting, the story attracted more than 150 comments, nearly all of them hysterical, bitchy, vitriolic sneers or classic denier talking points.

In a country that just elected President Barack Obama, this is not a representative sample - and I don’t believe for a minute that this is accidental. It would be interesting if CNN could check the IP addresses (or maybe, the IP ADDRESS) on these enthusiastic media consumers. I suspect that would prove this is a fix.

Monckton Ridiculed for His Clumsy/Inaccurate/Manipulative "Science"

In this deleriously funny send-up of the work of Chrisopher Walter (the Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley), writer Gareth Renowden (Hot Topic: Global Warming and the Future of New Zealand) renders a readable parable even while humiliating Monckton for his incompetence and/or his dishonesty.

Renowden has discovered an unsourceable graph in Monckton’s latest paper for the Exxon-sponsored Science and Public Policy Institute. Said graph (which Monckton incorrectly attributes to Curry and Clow 1977) appears to be an inventively modified version of a work published by Cuffey and Clow in the Journal of Geophysical Research in 1977.

St. Augustine Record: Idiots Are Us

“The people responsible for global warming change say temperatures will rise 10 degrees or more in the next 25 to 50 years.”

This piece of fiction, unsourced and untrue, is being presented to the defenceless readers of the St. Augustine (FL) Record as if it is actually worthy of attention.

True, the whacky misinformation is in a letter to the editor. But one assumes that editors are not entirely stupid and that part of their function is to select and present information that is accurate.

The Record clearly has another policy.

Conservatives Launch All-Out War on Obama's Green Policies

For all the florid talk of bipartisanship, Congress has precious little to show for its efforts. It has only been a little over a week since President Obama was inaugurated, and, despite promising to work hand in hand with the new administration and Democratic majorities, the GOP and its ideological allies are already back to their old obstructionist ways.

Case in point: the much ballyhooed $825 billion stimulus package – i.e. the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009 – that the president has made a top priority.

Climate Peace is a Mere Millennium Away!

Many people who worry about global warming hope that once emissions of heat-trapping gases decline, the problems they cause will quickly begin to abate. Now researchers are saying that such hope is ill-founded, at least with regard to carbon dioxide.

Because of the way carbon dioxide persists in the atmosphere and in the oceans, and the way the atmosphere and the oceans interact, patterns that are established at peak levels will produce problems like “inexorable sea level rise” and Dust-Bowl-like droughts for at least a thousand years, the researchers are reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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