Loiter Creekside for Skeptic Roasting

Fri, 2007-01-12 11:09Richard Littlemore
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Loiter Creekside for Skeptic Roasting

Check this Bowen Island blogger for an entertaining wrap of recent skeptic news.

Funny line of the day for climate change insiders:

The Natural Resources Stewardship Project, a Canadian environmental policy research think tank which evidently feels the need to put quotation marks around words like “green energy” and “environmentalists”, lays out a strategy which quite likely involves a child blowing on a dandelion ….


Note how Tom Harris signs himself off as “B. Eng. M. Eng. thermofluids.” Since gases are fluids he is admitting at last that he is full of hot air.

Seriously, it’s kind of wierd that Harris always signs his name like that. I don’t sign my name and add in what my bachelor degree was in. I think he is trying to create the impression that he is some type of authority on global warming. The general public just sees a bunch of fancy creds after his name and assume he knows what he’s talking about. Signed, Dr. Eviler, BA, MSc, PhD, esq.
Maybe the crowd he is hoping to reach would think that a Mech Eng degree would qualify him in climatology. Sort of like the other NRSP armchair science expert doing a correspondence degree on some old Hudson BaY data, according to the titles anyway, and then saying on CBC “I am the only one qualified to speak on global warming.” Saw it with my own eyes. HHUH?
For non-doctorate engineers, and even for them the important qualification is PE (professional engineer) for which you have to sit an exam similar to the bar. That he lists bachelor’s and master’s degrees and not PE is a good indication that he is not.
Michael Mann

Put up your hand if you’ve been a follower of news about climate change in recent years and haven’t heard of the “hockey stick” graph.

Nobody?  No, didn’t think so.

These graphs get their name because of their shape. 

They are reconstructions of the temperatures on Earth over several centuries to several millennia and they all have a repetitive tendency to turn sharply skyward showing the recent rapid warming of the Earth.

The most famous and first “hockey stick” came from research in the...

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