Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Maybe enough debunking of global warming denier claims for 2009 

Over the last few years, my reaction to claims by climate change deniers has gone from angry to amused. Here is enough amusement to last a year.

My favorite part was the alert to a claim that the rise in sea levels "has been shrinking since 2005" as illustrated by the blue part of this graph,

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Terra Lawson-Remer on Palin's energy answers, Herbert on Palin's seriousness 


You said during your debate with Joe Biden that "I'm not one to attribute every activity of man to the changes in the climate". Huh? Well I would certainly agree. Not sure how this is relevant, but I do agree. You emphasized that "We have got to clean up this planet. We have got to encourage other nations also to come along with us with the impacts of climate change". I guess I am confused again. The U.S. has only 5% of the world's population, but we consume 25% of the world's fossil fuels. This doesn't seem to me like leadership in cleaning up the planet.

I add that if Palin doesn't think Man is responsible for climate change, how can anyone "encourage other nations also to come along with us with the impacts of climate change"?

Bob Herbert

But after Senator Biden suggested that John McCain’s answer to the nation’s energy problems was to "drill, drill, drill," Ms. Palin promptly pointed out, as if scoring a point, that "the chant is 'Drill, baby, drill!'"

How’s that for perspective? The credit markets are frozen. Our top general in Afghanistan is dialing 911. Americans are losing jobs by the scores of thousands. And Sarah Palin is making sure we know that the chant is "drill, baby, drill!" not "drill, drill, drill."

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Republicans: on the job training nothing new 

Here's the Republican response to the last major hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast.

katrina birthday

This time, they seem to be sending up trial balloons indicating they realize the political fate resulting from a a split screen hurricane/convention coverage scenario.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

There's oil in them there bugs 

Crude oil from bacteria.

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Friday, May 09, 2008


Pictures from the 2008 Chaitén eruption. Before:


Volcanic ash replenishes soil nutrients.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Continuing to debunk "Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims" 

Continued from here, comments on a few more expert scientist global warming skeptics lauded by easily influenced Republican sympathizers.

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I'll attack the source, thank-you very much 

In comments to a post over at 5ft3 referencing a report by Senate Republicans claiming there is no consensus on global warming between

Al Gore (who let us remember is NOT a scientist) and actual scientists

I mercifully pointed out that,

Seems to me you're chasing your own tail when you point out Gore is a politician not a scientist, then turn around and support your case by referencing a political document.

Beth responds,

It was from a Senate Report about 400 scientists who are coming out to say that the global warming alarmists are nuts, how is this not a commentary on scientific thought?

What would make me feel better is for you to address the content and not the source.

Among the leading scientific minds Beth is staking the future of her descendants upon are,

The fact is there are generously perhaps a dozen or so legitimate scientists in relevant fields who continue to challenge the consensus view on the anthropomorphic influence on climate change and several dozen more who's livelihoods depend on arguing against the consensus.

The last scientific association to officially challenge the consensus was the American Association of Petroleum Geologists which now appears neutrally agnostic ("Although the AAPG membership is divided on the degree of influence that anthropogenic CO2 has ... the AAPG believes that expansion of scientific climate research into the basic controls on climate is important") yet supports "reducing emissions from fossil fuel use as a worthy goal."

Still, there are the 400 or so deniers among high school teachers and college dropouts discovered by a Republican Senate aide using Google.

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