Who's on Thin Ice Here?

What do you do if you are an oil-industry sweetheart of a 'news group' and you need to challenge climate science? Be smug and use sarcasm of course. Newsbusters.org wrote a criticism within a criticism, taking to task the New York Times' 2 reviews of a new film on global warming's effects on polar bears, called 'Arctic Tale'.

Apparently 2 glowing reviews of the movie in less than a week was enough to get columnist Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters a little hot under the collar.

Clearly studies such as the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Study, chaired by Robert Corell, a senior fellow at the American Meteorological society or a 40 member panel of the World Conservation Union, comprised of scientists from 5 countries including the United States, who have extensively studied the negative impact of global warming on polar bear populations, should not be trusted.

But in typical denier rhetoric, he avoids any use of scientific evidence to frame the context of his diatribe and instead focuses on his distaste for Queen Latifah's 'dorky' narrative (and that negates the science how?) and the fact that it's co-written by Al Gore's daughter Kristin Gore (because we all know how crazy Al Gore is). In a real blow to the science community he compared Al Gore to 'a thick 2-4 inch layer of blubber and chides the film for its 'eco-feminism' tendencies. I'm still not seeing the science here - but perhaps my 'liberal' tendencies may be to blame.

Noel Sheppard is no stranger to blasting polar bears. In April he posted on the 'Stranded Polar Bear Global Warming Hoax' that Australia's ABC channel 'exposed'. Isn't that the same network who is still reeling from their decision to air Martin Durkin's 'Great Global Warming Swindle' - a 'documentary' riddled with inaccuracies and out of date science? (See our recent post on how mad the Queen is!) He quotes the National Post though - so at least he's getting more than one source.

I know that I have stooped, somewhat, to my own level of tongue and cheek blogging here but seriously - when the best argument that you have against science is to criticize the structure of a movie, your argument stands on thinner ice than the polar bears.


And I heard that Gore’s son has been caught with mary jane, so that makes it even less likely that AGW is real. Unless it’s because of all the pot those hippie ‘environmental scientists’ are burning.

Pot = global warming isn’t happening.

Steve, you have no idea (or maybe you do) about how many battles  I had in the blogosphere over this exact contention! 

Well, that’s sad. I didn’t know. But can’t you just scream “ad hominem” at them and leave it at that?

If only it were that easy to stop anthropogenic global warming!

… it is that easy. Have you been reading the other post we did on newsbusters yesterday? 

Hi. I feel like I should point out that you don’t need scare quotes around ‘ecofeminism’. It is a real field of inquiry. I don’t remember much about it and I’m not interested enough to read up on wikipedia right now, but I believe it has something to do with the notion that the nature has been associated with the feminine (“mother nature”), and that humanity (“mankind”) as associated with the masculine generally devalues or abuses the feminine.

“Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: “Mankind”. Basically, it’s made up of two separate words - “mank” and “ind”. What do these words mean ? It’s a mystery, and that’s why so is mankind.” – Jack Handy

Oil Co.s have huge amunts of money to spend running mis - information. Statistical analysis, not inference, will tell you that AGW is real. For those that think Al Gore is cracked, I suggest you start listening to Sen. Inhofe (and Dick Cheyney) - if you want to see what cracked (and dangerous) really is. Inhofe is a great case in point: his State (Oklahoma) is the pricing point for WTI (West Texas Intermediate) at Cushing Oklahoma…and has taken campaign money from the Coal industry and Koch Industries (oil co, refiner and trader)… follow the money and vested [email protected]

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