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Archive for March, 2009

BPSDB potholer54 is back! and it’s a good one.  Climate Change anatomy of a myth takes down the the “they predicted an ice age in the 1970s, so why should we believe them now” nonsense.

One of the things that potholer54 brings to the exposure of the lie is the evidence that the Deniers are not confused or mistaken, they are outright lying.

The sources from the 1970s that they cite as evidence talk about the scientific uncertainty about climate, not a scientific consensus on cooling. This is explored in much more detail with respect to George Will and the New York Times at The NYT’s climate coverage in 1970s was a megaphone for science, not ‘global cooling’ alarmism.

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BPSDB Climate change Denier Myths Debunked:

  • The 31,000 scientists Oregon Petition fraud
  • Mars and Pluto prove it’s natural
  • The 1,500 year cycle

Peter Sinclair has been very busy, so without further ado:

The great Petition Fraud

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BPSDB Earlier this year we were subjected to a spate of blog posts and faux news about a report from a “Japanese Commission” of “Top Japanese Scientists” that rejected anthropogenic climate change. The ‘report‘ was allegedly the result of work by 5 scientists from the Japan Society of Energy and Resources.

This piece of climate change Denier spam would be scarcely worth mentioning except that in 2 months the Japan Society of Energy and Resources has gone from barely a dozen google hits (English language) to over 12,000, as far as I can tell almost all of them touting the Denier nonsense. As well it has appeared in several of the predictable bastions of anti-science and ignorance such as the National Post and The Australian.

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BPSDB DANGER

Global Warming

Thankfully Peter Sinclair has been keeping himself busy with more debunking of climate change Denier fables, although each of his installments does more than simply debunk the fable in question.

Even if you know why the crock in question is a crock, they are still well worth watching and sharing as broadly as possible (HINT Social networks: Facebook, Care2, Stumble, Plum, Twitter … hint hint hint …)

The “Urban Heat Island” Crock

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big-footBPSDB The other shoe has dropped as Bjorn Lomborg publicly admits his intellectual bankruptcy. Not in so many words, but he may as well have.

What he actually said was directed to Al Gore, as follows:

“I don’t mean to corner you, or maybe I do mean to corner you, but would you be willing to have a debate with me on that point?” asked Mr. Lomborg.  Goracular

(another installment in the Wall Street Journal’s war on science and reality)

Can there be a more telling confession that you have nothing of substance to offer than challenging a public figure to debate matters of fact and science? (more…)

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snc13724 BPSDB No, it’s not a typo; rational folks have stopped pretending that the climate change Deniers are actually “skeptics”, anything but!

Skepticism, after all, is a rational, intellectual process that  involves critical analysis of the facts and reasoned doubt applied to all evidence and hypotheses.

“The key to skepticism is to continuously and vigorously apply the methods of science to navigate the treacherous straits between “know nothing” skepticism and “anything goes” credulity.” skeptic.com

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eye-am-feeling-silly BPSDB As discussed in the last post Denialapalooza aka the Heartland Denier Conference is in full swing.

The latest seepage from the Heartland Human Waste Treatment Facility?  Climate change Deniers totally lose it and stop even pretending to be doing science.

Two thing that stand out for me are that, i) they have apparently abandoned the fiction that they are doing anything remotely resembling climate science, and at the same time, ii) they seem to have started believing their own stories. It’s going to be an ugly shock when they remember that they made it all up in the first place.

Climate Progress reports on how Richard Lindzen has stopped pretending his “science” has legitimacy (small wonder, see here) and is indulging in attempted character assassination of Wallace Broecker as well as the rest of his profession.

Whatever it takes to keep his oil industry funders happy I guess

At the same time, John Theon just starts babbling incoherently. (more…)

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