Archive for February, 2009

swindling BPSDB Not that either of them are factual, accurate, or honest, and not that they say anything about climate change that is true, but precisely because they aren’t and don’t.

For those who do not know of it, “The Great Global Warming Swindle” is a fauxcumentary produced by Martin Durkin which first aired (or more correctedly “erred”) two years ago.

It is probably the best known and most lavish of the Denier propaganda polemics posing as an objective documentary. Basically “The Swindle” attempts to undermine the scientific case for anthropogenic climate change.



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dual-wave-particle-nature-of-lightBPSDBLest any imagine that my parody of climate Denier cherry picking is too extreme because I pretend to use my own city as representing climate trends for the entire planet as being something climate Deniers actually do, check this out: OOPS, We Forgot Siberia!

I am rather fond of this piece of climate change Denierism for two reasons. (more…)

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eclipse3oct_sombras-jpg BPSDBA little over a year ago one of the sites that I liked to go to for climate information suddenly went stagnant.

Instead of fresh postings there was just a link to a youtube video of Megadeath’s song “Countdown to Extinction”  that stayed up for some weeks.


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  • Spin Cycles
  • That’s curious
  • Not this idiot again
  • Oh oh at NSIDC
  • The Boy Who Denied Wolf

Spin Cycles

CBC’s show “And the Winner Is…” re-broadcast the documentary series Spin Cycles: Spin, the spinners and the spun.

Episode Six exposes the industry funded “think tanks” and astroturf (ie bogus) citizen’s groups that specialize in providing climate denial PR for their clients.


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PSDBAnyone who imagines that with climate change we will simply shift agriculture towards the poles probably does not even have house plants, much less a garden, and certainly knows little or nothing about agriculture or climate change.

In an earlier post I discussed some of the impacts on existing agriculture as Understanding why climate change means global famine”. Now I’d like to discuss a couple of aspects of one of the stock answers “we’ll just move our food production north.”

The reason this will not work is shown very simply with a map.

source US Dept of Agriculture
source US Dept of Agriculture

Begining with the Southern Hemisphere and the obvious, there is less land area as you move towards the pole. South America narrows rapidly, Africa less rapidly but it still does, and Australia simply ends; there just isn’t the land available to sustain anything close to current levels of food production. (more…)

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Medieval Warming?” (& the Hockey Stick)

Peter Sinclair has been busy debunking some of the standard climate change Denier fables with his youtube series.

These are great for sharing with people who are not going to read an article, so share them on your networks, put the links in blog comments and forums – everywhere you encounter the relevant fable. (more…)

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PROOF! A picture of snow in Miami

PSDBI have been so consistently impressed with climate science as it is practised by climate Deniers such as Bob Carter, Christopher Monckton and others that I thought I would try using some of their techniques myself and see what I could discover.

In the spirit of all of the recent reports about what a cold day they had in Anchorage or St Paul (and therefore global warming is over!) I too decided to choose a single local example and pretend it somehow would represent trends for the whole planet.


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PSDBI blogged about the CBC radio series Ideas presenting Gwynne Dyer’s “Climate Wars” before, but now that all three episodes are up I wanted to mention it again.

Climate Wars Podcasts

Even if you do not have time to listen to them now, download them now as Part One will be expiring in less than a week, and Parts Two and Three in each subsequent week.

If you imagine that climate change is going to be anything but horrific, and a lot sooner than most people imagine, then the series is a must listen. It will disabuse you of that illusion very quickly. (more…)

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ktylerconkPSDBExcept none of the articles they wrote are about the catastrophic consequences of climate change, but you could be excused for not realizing that even if you have read them.

Naturally I am talking about Dr Vicky Pope, head of climate change advice at the Met Office Hadley Centre, and David Adam of the Guardian. Between them they published a posting at the MET office, a web post at the Guardian, and a Guardian web & print post yesterday. (more…)

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PSDBMr Coleman

When you issued your threat to sue Al Gore The Inactivist Journal issued a call for you to Sue Us, a call most recently echoed by Jeremy Jacquot at DeSmogBlog in “John Coleman: Still Waiting for that Lawsuit ‘.

Your most recent screed leads me to use this opportunity to add my voice to the call, and to ask other climate realists to do the same using whatever media is appropriate.

Many in the Denialosphere believe that you actually have sued Mr Gore, or at least have begun the process.

You have not done either despite your repetition of the threat. As Frankbi notes, you are as big a charlatan as Christopher Monckton in this respect.


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Apologies: Computer issues


My apologies for relative absence recently, but I have been experiencing computer issues. I believe that these are now dealt with, at least for the time being, and normal service resumes tomorrow afternoon.

Mike 🙂

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