A Few Things Ill Considered

A layman's take on the science of Global Warming featuring a guide on How to Talk to a Climate Sceptic.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

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The changing climate of climate change

David Roberts has an insightful and entertaining narrative on Gristmill of the recent climate change in the climate change debate. He is right on the money about how the insiders manipulate public policy debates.

No wonder those geeks in lab coats get eaten alive!

I would like to highlight this sentiment:
Once more for the cheap seats: there is no equivalence between denialists and global-warming activists. None. Their motives are not the same. They do not have equal credibility or deserve equal respect. They are not "two sides" of anything.

This does not get said often enough. The whole article is well worth the read!



  • At January 18, 2007 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's not just the climate change denialists, it's also the bad reporting out there. A story on the upcoming IPCC from Voice of San Diego


    Because the report represents scientific middle ground, it is not guaranteed to support those who want to address warming through federal policy changes, said Roger Pielke Jr., an environmental studies professor at the University of Colorado, who studies the politics of climate science and did not participate in the IPCC process.

    "I would think it could work both ways," Pielke said. "[The report] never has been overly alarmist. From that standpoint, it hasn't in the past supported the more dire pronouncements made by Al Gore or (prominent NASA climate scientist) James Hansen. There's plenty of ammunition in the covers for people of all political colors."

    So if Pielke did not participate, then why is he being called up to comment? Why not one of the actual authors?

    And what's with the obvious political jabs at Gore and Hansen?

  • At January 19, 2007 10:32 AM, Blogger Wag the Dog said…

    To quote New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman:

    "The media are desperately afraid of being accused of bias. And that's partly because there's a whole machine out there, an organized attempt to accuse them of bias whenever they say anything that the Right doesn't like. So rather than really try to report things objectively, they settle for being even-handed, which is not the same thing. One of my lines in a column -- in which a number of people thought I was insulting them personally -- was that if Bush said the Earth was flat, the mainstream media would have stories with the headline: 'Shape of Earth--Views Differ.' Then they'd quote some Democrats saying that it was round."

  • At January 19, 2007 2:38 PM, Blogger coby said…

    I agree completely with Krugman's quote. I think that RPJr is very well aware of this and is playing the system quite brilliantly, one can only assume for his own career, though hopefully he has genuinely selfless goals as well.


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