Good start to 2008

2 01 2008

Encouraging signs from the notoriously left leaning New York Times. They have just published a very good and funny article critical of global warming alarmism. Amongst the highlights the attention given to misuse of individual weather events as proof of global warming:

But there’s bound to be some weird weather somewhere, and we will react like the sailors in the Book of Jonah. When a storm hit their ship, they didn’t ascribe it to a seasonal weather pattern. They quickly identified the cause (Jonah’s sinfulness) and agreed to an appropriate policy response (throw Jonah overboard).

Today’s interpreters of the weather are what social scientists call availability entrepreneurs: the activists, journalists and publicity-savvy scientists who selectively monitor the globe looking for newsworthy evidence of a new form of sinfulness, burning fossil fuels.

Also spotted is the way loud-mouth scientitst are right even when they are shown to be wrong

A year ago, British meteorologists made headlines predicting that the buildup of greenhouse gases would help make 2007 the hottest year on record. At year’s end, even though the British scientists reported the global temperature average was not a new record — it was actually lower than any year since 2001 — the BBC confidently proclaimed, “2007 Data Confirms Warming Trend.”

The entire article is well worth a read. Could 2008 become the year journalists begin asking serious questions about global warming rather than mindlessly perpetrating doom and gloom?

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