- Spin Cycles
- That’s curious
- Not this idiot again
- Oh oh at NSIDC
- The Boy Who Denied Wolf
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.
It’s a good listen and well worth sharing with friends who do not realize that these “independant” think tanks are nothing more than disguised PR firms.
I was checking some website traffic site stats at Alexa and discovered something interesting, specifically a significant decline in traffic to a particular climate Denier site.
Curious, I checked a couple more, and then some climate science sites. I checked 6 of each (chosen quite arbitrarily, pretty much whatever I thought of first) and tabulated the results.
It’s impossible to overstate how trivial and meaningless this little sample is, it is a curiousity at most. Further, even if a proper survey demonstrated the same trend, given the 3 month trend horizon it would still be social “weather” as opposed to “climate.”
Still, I wonder what is happening ‘out there.’
Some of you may have seen Kevin Grandia’s “A troubling trend in Global Warming Denial on the internet” where he looked at the doubling in the number of hits for various web searches such as “global warming” + hoax or “global warming” + lies.
For example the search “global warming” + hoax get’s you Climate Progress, Deltoid, Greenfyre, and no doubt many others.
So it becomes a question of whether Kevin’s results show a significant rise in Denierism, or whether it is increasing internet activity with respect to climate change generally, particularly with increased polarization; ie more Deniers, but also more rationalists.
I share Kevin’s belief that Denierism is not nearly as in retreat as some would believe, but also think that the actual social dynamic that is playing out is much more complex (more on that soon).
So it would be interesting to know
Maybe there is someone out there with the time and skills (or a hapless grad student in need of a thesis topic) to do a proper analysis.
Sad but true, a webzine that claims “This website is an ongoing exploration of what GOOD is and what it can be.” actually gives John Coleman’s idiocies another platform.
Unbelievably, they actually say “John Coleman has dedicated his life to studying weather and the science that creates it—so shouldn’t we at least hear him out?”
Since when did he study weather? Where are his peer reviewed studies? and when did being a weathercaster (not even a meteorologist) become a synonym for being a climatologist?
Earth to Puner! (the author) Reporting on something is not the same as studying it, nor is being a businessman. Fine and noble professions both when practised with integrity and dedication, but still not climatology or meteorology.
Secondly, the web is full of Coleman’s spam; he has been heard and his nonsense has been exposed for being just that – as David Puner would have known if he’d done even a single internet search.
For those unfamiliar with what a shameless fraud Coleman is, it is discussed here.
Clearly we’re in for another round of “John Coleman says”; shades of Huffington Posts’ Harold Ambler Gaffe.
Oh oh at NSIDC
“…we discovered that starting around early January, an error known as sensor drift caused a slowly growing underestimation of Arctic sea ice extent.
The underestimation reached approximately 500,000 square kilometers (193,000 square miles) by mid-February“
Needless to say the Deniers are going to pretend that:
i) somehow a few weeks of bad data invalidates 30 years of documented decline in Arctic sea ice.
ii) in an equally mysterious way it validates Asher’s lying fraud about the return of sea ice, a fraud which was committed before the sensor drift began and hence is in no way influenced by it.
Sigh … it’s going to be a painful few weeks until the spring melt starts.
Commenter Richard Pauli has a lovely re-interpretation of the classic tale:
Sometimes when we deny, but eventually realize the truth, we learn it too late to say. We will deny once, deny twice — but then perish when we deny our own plight.
We give our consent every moment that we do not resist.
Denier “Challenge” aka Deathwatch Update: Day 119 … still no evidence.