Harold Ambler's Huffington Post climate misinformation-ganza

Mon, 2009-01-05 12:45Kevin Grandia
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Harold Ambler's Huffington Post climate misinformation-ganza

A new Huffington Post blogger named Harold Ambler has posted an unoriginal rehashing of the same old global warming denial talking points that we’ve seen over and over again for close to a decade now.

What’s newsworthy here though is the venue.

Huffington Post has long been a place where this type of junk science has been debunked, not promoted.

This little coup has the climate skeptics all giddy and bloggers like Adam Siegel at Get Energy Now rightly ticked off:

Huffington Post published Harold Ambler’s Mr Gore: Apology Accepted which is notable in its breadth and audacity of disinformation, truthiness, and simply wrong-headedness. Literally books and hundreds (actually, thousands) of scientific studies and analyses have been written that provide the substance to prove Ambler’s words false. What is shameful, on top of this, is that this is not just the ‘false’ and misleading material, but its deceit in support of recklessly dangerous policy concepts that would hinder our ability to move forward to greater prosperity and a stronger American future.”

The question for me is:  who the heck is Harold Ambler?

And what makes Ambler such an authority on climate science to so confidently make the bold claim that global warming is a lie? By the looks of his various bios smattered around the internet it appears that Ambler’s background in the area of climate science is non-existent, he is the author of an upcoming book on a rowing team at Brown University and a musician.

Such an outrageous claim as: “It [global warming] is the biggest whopper ever sold to the public in the history of humankind,” flies in the face of what the top scientific institutions in the world like NASA, the US Academy of Science and the Royal Society have been saying for years and its going to take a lot more than the ramblings of rowing guitarist to prove it.

 

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why would Huffington Post put up this regurgitated denier bunk? It’s not news, certainly not science, and not true. I don’t get it. It undermines the credibility of other articles link building service | increase metabolism | blog commenting service | hide ip address

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Interesting that this made it onto the huffington post.  it’s smart of huff post to publish it because it got a lot of attention and thats really the point. It may not be a debate exactly, but whatever it is, the battle goes on.

The rumor is that this post will be addressed by Arianna Huffington herself. There were a lot of people (including me) asking how the heck such clap-trap made it onto Huffington Post in the first place.

Yeah, it’s smart in the same way as publishing an article that says evolution is not real.

The only purpose it serves is to spread confusion amongst the igorant and uneducated, and reinforce denial amongst those who have already rejected scientific reality.

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I regularly check for interesting, informed articles I may not see elsewhere or pick up on otherwise.

But why would Huffington Post put up this regurgitated denier bunk? It’s not news, certainly not science, and not true. I don’t get it. It undermines the credibility of other articles.

I suppose the article might have looked scientific to an editor. Here’s a hint: If it wraps in the history of the world and leaps from topic to topic, it just may be phony.

I sentence the editor who passed this to reading Velikovsky. On second thought, better not. There might be a blog posted on how Venus went galloping around the solar system 6000 years ago. nature quotes

I tend to agree with Mr. Ambler.. The only thing this whole global warming scheme is doing is warming up someones pockets with loads of money… Seems like a big lie thats being fed to the public.. Its a debate thats going to go on forever anyway..

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it’s smart of huff post to publish it because it got a lot of attention and thats really the point. It may not be a debate exactly, but whatever it is, the battle goes on.

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Or maybe it’s just good for business, what with 13 pages of comments so far. Yeah, I hope that’s it.

Huffington Post has long been a place where this type of junk science has been debunked, not promoted.

Really? I haven’t made a thorough study of the HuffPo, but I do know that it has acquired an evil reputation through its shamefully (or shamelessly) uncritical embrace of vaccines-cause-autism malarkey. That alone should destroy any claim to credibility. But maybe I’m too hasty. What has the HuffPo published in the praiseworthy scientifically clueful category?

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I regularly check for interesting, informed articles I may not see elsewhere or pick up on otherwise.

But why would Huffington Post put up this regurgitated denier bunk? It’s not news, certainly not science, and not true. I don’t get it. It undermines the credibility of other articles.

I suppose the article might have looked scientific to an editor. Here’s a hint: If it wraps in the history of the world and leaps from topic to topic, it just may be phony.

I sentence the editor who passed this to reading Velikovsky. On second thought, better not. There might be a blog posted on how Venus went galloping around the solar system 6000 years ago.

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I think it is a fallacy to attack someone’s logic by attacking their person. That this guy is a rowing guitarist does not mean that he is wrong. However, he is wrong. Should he present his “findings” or his criticism in some sort of logical manner, then we may be able to assess their validity or lack of.

In all casses if someone gets a moment of possible fame, then they will take it. And I think it is better to remove this incentive by not mentioning them more than we should. If they have presented some sort of false logic, the logic may be explained and then refuted. If you beleive that they are doing it for the fame, then do not express where their logic comes from. This way you have caused maximum damage, whoever finds their arguments somewhere else will not be fooled all while disincentivising them from using such arguments to gain fame.

There were a lot of people (including me) asking how the heck such clap-trap made it onto Huffington Post in the first place.

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Literally books and hundreds (actually, thousands) of scientific studies and analyses have been written that provide the substance to prove Ambler’s words false. What is shameful, on top of this, is that this is not just the ‘false’ and misleading material, but its deceit in support of recklessly dangerous policy concepts that would hinder our ability to move forward to greater prosperity and a stronger American future.dofollow blog commenting service | review center | hide ip address

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