The ABC's of Climate Skepticism
The ABC's (Anything But Co2) of climate skepticism
The pro ignorance blogosphere is alive and well and fueled by lazy. Our own Catoismymotor recently penned a post alerting us to an IBD editorial written by an un-named author claiming that cosmic rays are causing global warming. http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/watching-a-green-fiction/636968
The article Cato shares with us http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/583272/201108301816/Watching-A-Green-Fiction-Unravel.htm has all the intrigue of a summer crime novella. It mentions Al Gore, and Joe Biden. It has a news media coverup and an unamed author who says it is a coverup. Truth will save us he says. Global warming is caused by cosmic rays he tells us. 67 scientists studied it and say so he says.He even goes so far as to quote libertarian writer and non scientist James Delingpole for his expertise - "Its the sun" James says and then he gets a hat and puts on sunscreen to prove it.
In chapter two Cato's article argues against its case for cosmic ray caused global warming. The globe is not actually warming at all the article says, it cannot be because NASA says that sea levels have gone down.
It really does. I'm not kidding you. Check the link for as long as it lasts. Please don't be lazy. Those IBD readers might be really smart investors. Perhaps the author is suffering from dissociative identity disorder, or is simply two-faced.
Anyway if you want to learn more and read something that is non fiction, you can check this link http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110824/full/news.2011.504.html on the cosmic ray study which includes real scientists and wherein the studys lead scientist and non-libertarian is quoted as saying "At the moment, it actually says nothing about a possible cosmic-ray effect on clouds and climate, but it's a very important first step," which doesn't sound like the game changer the novellas author would have us believe the media is covering up by not bumping Irene off the front page.
Besides the article tells us even if cosmic rays are warming the planet, the article also says the planet is not warming, according to NASA a supposedly reliable source because the ocean level went down. If I was lazy I would not bother to check with NASA when I have a quote from a libertarian non-scientist. But I'm not lazy so I googled NASA and discovered this article, which was also not written by a libertarian. And I discovered that despite ocean levels that rise and fall over the short term, they are steadily rising. Where did I put that link again? - http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-262
Just like one single extreme weather event, such as a drought in Texas that just won't go away does not make a trend, but might be part of a larger trend of extreme weather events. One misleading article about climate change does not make a trend of misleading articles about climate change but might be part of a larger trend of misleading articles about climate change. And one idiotic libertarian writer does not make a trend of idiotic libertarian writers, but it might be part of a larger trend.
I hope you will appreciate my sarcastic wit and the effort I went to to bring balance to Cato's post even though mm2252 or 5525 or whoever did not ask us to, with recs and of course, equally witty replies that I may or may not respond to as personal freedom and discretion dictates.