Media Display Stunning Ignorance and Bias in Warming Debate

Media Display Stunning Ignorance and Bias in Warming Debate
April 26, 2013

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)

Climate Change Weekly #89

Suzanne Goldenberg displayed the establishment media’s inexcusable ignorance and/or willful distortion of the global warming debate in a Thursday ‘news’ article in the prominent U.K. newspaper The Guardian.

Writing about an effort by the Obama administration to politicize the global warming debate and direct public ridicule at Republicans who are skeptical of alarmist global warming claims, Goldenberg describes that effort as one that will “shame members of Congress who deny the science behind climate change.”

Expressing skepticism about alarmist global warming claims and alarmist predictions by one segment of the scientific population whose prior alarmist claims and alarmist predictions have routinely proven to be false is not “denying the science behind climate change.” Subjecting theories, predictions, and scientific claims to critical scrutiny is the lifeblood of science. Attempting to vilify, stifle, and shut down critical scientific analysis of scientific theories, predictions, and claims is the very definition of anti-science.

Goldenberg’s distortion and bias merely grow worse as the article continues. Describing an Obama administration video that attacks Republicans on the topic of global warming, Goldenberg writes that the video features Republicans “who are notorious for denying the existence of climate change, or positing bizarre notions about its causes.”

A key point made by global warming ‘skeptics’ is the Earth’s climate is constantly changing. The nature and extent of current climate change must be viewed within the context of the nature and extent of climate change that has occurred for billions of years. To the extent any faction in the global warming debate “denies the existence of climate change,” it is the alarmists who contend that any climate change that may be occurring now must be unprecedented and alarming. It is these alarmists – not skeptics - who deny climate change. Both factions agree the Earth’s climate is currently changing, but alarmists deny the longstanding and ongoing existence of past, present, and future climate change.

Regarding Goldenberg’s comment about Republicans “positing bizarre notions about its causes,” she does not identify any examples. How convenient for Goldenberg that she does not feel an obligation to factually justify derogatory opinions that she inserts in her ‘news’ columns.

SOURCE: The Heartland Institute


IN THIS ISSUE

Tide gauges show six inches of sea level rise per century … Obama calls for more global warming debates … Studies show climate sensitivity lower than expected … Lukewarmist Curry acknowledges uncertainties in climate models … Alarmists claim missing global warming is in the Bermuda Triangle


TIDE GAUGES SHOW SIX INCHES OF SEA LEVEL RISE PER CENTURY

Sea level is rising at a pace of merely six inches per century, tide gauges at 86 coastal stations in Australia show. Scientists reported the tide gauge data in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science. Importantly, the scientists reported the modest pace of Australian sea level rise is consistent with the modest pace of sea level rise globally. Also, the scientists reported the pace of sea level rise is not accelerating in recent decades, despite claims to the contrary by global warming alarmists.

SOURCE: Environmental Science


OBAMA CALLS FOR MORE GLOBAL WARMING DEBATES

U.S. President Barack Obama issued a tweet yesterday calling for more global warming debate. “Climate deniers in Congress refuse to even debate the issue. Make sure they don’t get away with it,” Obama urged. There is no word yet whether anybody forwarded Obama’s tweet to prominent global warming alarmists Al Gore, James Hansen, Michael Mann, etc., who remain afraid to participate in the debates championed by the president.

SOURCE Twitter


STUDIES SHOW CLIMATE SENSITIVITY LOWER THAN EXPECTED

Several recently published studies show the Earth’s climate is less sensitive to increases in carbon dioxide emissions than claimed by United Nations computer models. Climate scientists Patrick Michaels and Chip Knappenberger summarize and explain the recent studies on the Cato Institute’s recently launched Web site, “Global Science Report.”

SOURCE Global Science Report


LUKEWARMIST CURRY ACKNOWLEDGES UNCERTAINTIES IN CLIMATE MODELS

Judith Curry, professor and chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, acknowledged in congressional testimony this week there are important uncertainties in global temperature data sets and United Nations climate models. Curry also testified there is limited observational evidence of an increase in extreme weather events. Curry called for more open and honest debate among climate scientists. “Given these uncertainties, there would seem to be plenty of scope for disagreement among scientists,” Curry explained.

SOURCE: Climate Etc.


ALARMISTS CLAIM MISSING GLOBAL WARMING IS IN THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE

Where is all the rapidly accelerating global warming that is supposed to be gripping the world? Global warming activists have finally come up with a last line of defense they know nobody will be able to prove wrong: The missing global warming is in the Bermuda Triangle. The alarmists claim deep ocean water, like that in the Bermuda Triangle, is absorbing the expected global warming. Much like the Bermuda Triangle, this theory affords True Believers an irrefutable, unverifiable last line of defense against the decade-long plateau in global temperatures.

SOURCE: Forbes.com

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)