Monday, March 16, 2009

Stupid Progressive Blogger Tricks

Judd Legum needs to buy a clue. Then again, maybe he’s run out of all that Soros money.
In yet another attempt to zing Michael Steele, Legum pulls out all the old stupid environmentalist tricks:

It’s worth noting that, among the scientific community, the fact that the earth
is warming is not the subject of any debate. The Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change, a group of hundreds of distinguished scientists, concluded in
2007 that “
Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea level.” The panel concluded that it was “very likely” that most of the warming since the mid-20th century was due to
human activity.

Umm no! Its actually the subject of much debate, one that his side is losing, but won’t admit. Instead, much like the other Soros funded thugs of the big green machine, he resorts to juvenile tricks. An inconvenient fact that Legum cannot account for is that there has been no statistically significant warming since 1997, and according to all the major temperature recording stations the earth has actually cooled.

Legum’s loose grasp of the facts aside, his link to the IPCC Summary Report for Policy Makers (SPM) is a clever little conceit. However its an old one easily dismissed. The SPM is decidedly not a scientific report that would be the Assessment Report, in this case the IPCC 4th Assessment Report (AR4). The SPM disagrees with the underlying AR4 report, and in many cases the SPM excludes contradictory evidence from the AR4 report. But Legum either doesn’t know this or doesn’t want you to know it.

The SPM is at its heart a political document Legum conflates a political consensus for a scientific consensus where none exists. In fact, only 52 scientists contributed to the report Legum cites. Furthermore, the IPCC review process is a grand illusion. Only 4 our of 23 independent scientific reviewers explicitly endorsed the chapter that hypothesizes man as the crucial driver of climate change, and only 62 of 308 reviewers even reviewed the relevant chapter.

Legum also presumes to tell us that the website designer, administrative assistants, network administrator, and sundry graduate students are “distinguished scientists.”

As far as Legum’s aping the rising sea level canard, none other than Richard Alley, author of the AR4 chapter on sea level rise told Congress “we don’t have a good assessed scientific foundation right now.”

Quite simply Legum is dealing in green myths to take shots at Michael Steele. Now Steele does have his problems—some of his own making—but his pronouncement on global warming isn’t one of them.


wind river said...

Just as us “deniers” have said all along?

“However, a new study by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee could turn the climate change world upside down.

Scientists at the university used a math application known as synchronized chaos and applied it to climate data taken over the past 100 years.

“Imagine that you have four synchronized swimmers and they are not holding hands and they do their program and everything is fine; now, if they begin to hold hands and hold hands tightly, most likely a slight error will destroy the synchronization. Well, we applied the same analogy to climate,” researcher Dr. Anastasios Tsonis said.

Scientists said that the air and ocean systems of the earth are now showing signs of synchronizing with each other.

Eventually, the systems begin to couple and the synchronous state is destroyed, leading to a climate shift.

“In climate, when this happens, the climate state changes. You go from a cooling regime to a warming regime or a warming regime to a cooling regime. This way we were able to explain all the fluctuations in the global temperature trend in the past century,” Tsonis said. “The research team has found the warming trend of the past 30 years has stopped and in fact global temperatures have leveled off since 2001.”

The most recent climate shift probably occurred at about the year 2000.”

Anonymous said...

That Dr. Alley....we wouldn't want to isolate something he may have said and make too much out of it, would we?

streiff said...

It seems that Dr Alley is saying that Greenland is beginning to look like it did in the 1300s before the Vikings started their cap and trade program.