Global warming and cherry picking

I thought that The way the Ball bounces: The Mother of All Cherries was a great summary of the problems with the global warming debate.  I encourage you to read it all, but here are a few highlights:

AGW alarmism vs. skepticism is not about science vs. non-science; or science vs. religion; it is about sound science vs. unsound science. It is about what definite conclusions (and far-reaching actions) are warranted by the data vs. unwarranted.

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And a lot of ancillary things — like the popular use of metaphor such as “the earth has a fever” and “the planet is on fire” to advance the AGW cause — which is one reason I “cherry-pick” weather events to poke fun at the AGW messengers — especially when events don’t go according to script. But, unlike AGW alarmists, I use the cherry-picked weather events for satirical, as opposed to scientific, or pecuniary (hello Al Gore), purposes. This flies over the heads of AGW fundamentalists — even when I point out this is what I am doing they still go nuts. (While their side, of course, continues to cherry-pick weather events when it suits them — e.g., the iconic image of the stranded polar bear, and Katrina, the mother-of-all-cherries).

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And, of course, the fact that scientists that don’t get on board the AGW ship are censured and lose funding, while those who are on board are awarded millions, resulting in skewed, built-in incentives to crank the alarmist message ever higher in the darwinian quest for continued funding — an inconvenient truth, I’m sure.

And a generally compliant media because “scientists have spoken” and Madonna and Sir Richard are on-board.

And the AGW fundamentalist who thinks an important part of the solution is keeping African communities without electricity because, trust me, they’re better off and happier without it.

. . .

And what I regard as the sheer and utter hubris of mankind thinking that he alone is the cause of climate change and that he has the power to control the climate.

And the dangerous sub-text to all of this: world governance controlling populations and individuals in the name of urgent necessity.

10 thoughts on “Global warming and cherry picking

  1. My children and I were watching the first season of “lost In Space” the other night and just before the Robinson family blasted off the President made a gloomy speech about the necessity to do something about the “population explosion” that was threatening the planet earth. I can remember when over population was the “big fear” in the arts and entertainment. Of course abortion, something that I have always held had its roots in environmentalism, was “legalized” just a few short years later.

  2. “And what I regard as the sheer and utter hubris of mankind thinking that he alone is the cause of climate change and that he has the power to control the climate.”

    We have been telling our children for decades now how terrible humans are, how no matter what we do we destroy everything we touch. We give children the idea that we are the biggest baddest and most important thing on earth. Well those children are adults now and they beleive we can control the climate. It’s not a big stretch to beleive it since we’ve been telling them this crap since they were small.

  3. From Science Daily, reporting on a study in Nature Geoscience:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090714124956.htm

    “Global Warming: Scientists’ Best Predictions May Be Wrong”

    To quote from one of my favorite blogs that reported on this (ace of spades, which can be a bit foul, so not linking to it):

    “What could possibly account for all that warming that can’t be explained by Carbon Dioxide (“The Invisible Killer”)?

    Oh, who knows. As my all-time favorite comment has it, “If only there were some… natural mechanism by which to explain variations in global temperature. It would have to be massive, though. On the scale of our own Sun.””

  4. Yes, climate change covers global warming, global cooling, global staying the same (that truly would be a change), nobody can pin you down so you can’t be wrong.

    The one sure thing is that people who can afford lobbyists will make money and people who can’t will lose money.

    The reallly good news is that stress levels will be reduced. Since both utility and food prices will be going up, people won’t have to worry about how to spend their extra money, they won’t have any.

    • Yes, climate change covers global warming, global cooling, global staying the same (that truly would be a change), nobody can pin you down so you can’t be wrong.

      So true. :)

  5. PS. I recently heard a person I had previously believed to be both intelligent and sensible make this comment.

    “I don’t believe in global warming, especially since the average temperature has been declining for a few years. But climate change, that is different. I can see that we probably need to do something about climate change.”

  6. The US Government wants you to fight global warming and toxic carbon dioxide at any cost. We must pay up, cap and trade carbon credits, tax or shut off our energy. Maybe next year will be the year without any summer at all!

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