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Media Matters denounces global warming ‘false claims’ (no, not those ones…)

November 28, 2009

Back in July, Media Matters scolded conservative columnists George Will and Mark Steyn for making “false claims” about global warming:

In his July 23 Washington Post column, George Will repeated National Review Online columnist Mark Steyn’s false claim that “[i]f you’re 29, there has been no global warming for your entire adult life. If you’re graduating high school, there has been no global warming since you entered first grade.” (…)

In fact, Steyn’s claim is false: While 1998’s annual global average temperature set a record high that has not since been matched in most datasets, climate experts have identified a long-term warming trend and reject the notion that global warming has slowed or stopped.

In the wake of Climaquiddick, Media Matters’ smug certainty now sounds pretty pathetic. Especially since no less a personage than Tim Flannery, Chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council and long-time global warming alarmist, admitted on Tuesday that Steyn was right:

When we come to the last few years when we haven’t seen a continuation of that (warming) trend we don’t understand all of the factors that create earth’s climate…We just don’t understand the way the whole system works… See, these people work with models, computer modelling. So when the computer modelling and the real world data disagree you’ve got a very interesting problem… Sure for the last 10 years we’ve gone through a slight cooling trend.

I haven’t spotted a retraction and apology to Steyn and Will on the Media Matters site. I’ll keep looking.

A related aside: the taxpayer-funded CBC in particular, and Canada in general, have endured well-deserved beat downs this week. However, do note that a handful of us aren’t completely useless. (No need to actually watch this video clip; the screen shot says it all):

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28 Comments
  1. Cas Balicki permalink
    November 28, 2009 12:00 pm

    You could have knocked me over with a pillow feather
    Fewer sunspot irruptions foretell a solar cooling
    Global warming’s cancelled due to inclement weather
    Sell the Honda, buy the Vette, forget car pooling
    In the land of the free-ways, home of the big V-8
    Even your dashboard Jesus wants you to accelerate

  2. mkurbo permalink
    November 28, 2009 12:00 pm

    NewsReel – somebody needs to report or do a story on this blatant disparency…

    Google hit counts (as of Saturday 11/28) in perspective:

    Copenhagen Climate Conference 6,920,000
    Copenhagen Climate Summit 6,130,000
    Copenhagen Treaty 2,810,000
    Copenhagen Total 15,860,000
    Number of MSM stories on Copenhagen > 1000

    Climategate 10,900,000
    Climate Gate 6,200,000
    Global Warming Scandal 3,050,000
    Climategate Total 20,150,000
    Number of MSM stories on Climategate < 10

    • F. Swemson permalink
      November 28, 2009 10:00 pm

      Interesting specs…

      Thanks !

    • Juan Freeman permalink
      November 29, 2009 5:46 am

      With fingers in noses, and thumbs in mouths, MSM moguls sit cross-legged, brows furoughed, contemplating the meaning of their precipitous decline in consumption of their poisoned product.

  3. Carterthewriter permalink
    November 28, 2009 5:28 pm

    It is obvious that to maintain government funding, the issue has to remain controversial. The longer the better; results not necessary.

  4. Dave Grenier permalink
    November 28, 2009 6:52 pm

    How many of you have seen a PowerPoint presentation with a graph that goes up and up, and then at the end drops down a bit? Is the trend going up, or is it now going down? Solution: A trend line. Although there has been “no warming,” or possibly even “cooling,” over the last ten years, a trend line would probably still show global temperatures headed upwards.

    That being said, there are two issues being constantly confused in the debate over global warming. The first is whether or not there really is a warming trend. Personally, from what I’ve read and observed, I think there is. Second is the question, “What’s causing the warming?” I believe the warming trend fits in nicely with the long-term warming that has been taking place since the end of the last ice age. Proponents of anthropogenic global warming (AGW – human-caused warming) have proposed that human activities, namely the introduction of large amounts of “greenhouse gasses” into the earth’s atmosphere, are responsible. What leads them to this belief? Computer modeling.

    But in the article above you see an admission about their computer modeling, a point made often by global warming “skeptics” – the models are incapable of replicating CURRENT CONDITIONS. This means that they not only don’t show what’s happening now in the earth’s atmosphere, but they are also incapable of predicting the future. However, this is exactly where the proponents of AGW get their “science,” from flawed computer models. Human responsibility for global warming remains an unproven theory, proof for which has yet to be published in a single peer-reviewed journal. (What has been published are the results of computer modeling. Although this modeling supports their theory, it does not provide proof.)

    So keep your eye on the prize. No global warming – no AGW. But the existence of global warming does not necessarily imply that it’s human-induced. Even if the science behind the warming trend survives this brouhaha that proves nothing.

    • Freeme permalink
      November 29, 2009 7:44 am

      There is more to warming the planet than the hot air from GOREBULL’S mouth. Research and educate yourself regarding HAARP, SCALAR, CHEMTRAILS…the new ‘weather modification’ chemical aerial spraying coupled with electromagnetic pulses from apparatus plunged into earth and towers causing …..well….if you want to really get to the TRUTH…just DO IT!

    • F. Swemson permalink
      November 29, 2009 1:46 pm

      Dave:

      You err in your first paragraph. There is indeed proof that the world has been cooling for the last 6 years or so,which can be seen here:

      You’re precisely right however, when you say that the overall trend has been upward for many thousands, if not millions of years since the last big ice age. What most people don’t know however is that throughout this long warming trend, we still haven’t reach the earth’s true long term median temperature . In other words, even though we’ve risen almost a degree above the 1,000 year median, we’re still cool in relation to the long term median.

      In para 3 you say ”this is exactly where the proponents of AGW get their “science,” from flawed computer models.“

      A more accurate statement would be that they created their computer models from flawed and falsified data, which, when considered in light of the fact that they were not involved in free scientific inquiry (which is redundant of course.. If it’s not free than it isn’t science). Instead they were involved in an attempt to come up with scientific evidence that would prove a pre-ordained conclusion.

      A brilliant retired physicist named Howard Hayden, (Professor Emeritus of Physics, UConn), in a recent letter to the current administrator of the EPA, disproved the entire AGW nonsense with one single letter of the alphabet. The letter was “s”

      Dear Administrator Jackson:

      I write in regard to the Proposed Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act, Proposed Rule, 74 Fed. Reg. 18,886 (Apr. 24, 2009), the so-called “Endangerment Finding.”
      It has been often said that the “science is settled” on the issue of CO2 and climate. Let me put this claim to rest with a simple one-letter proof that it is false.

      The letter is s, the one that changes model into models. If the science were settled, there would be precisely one model, and it would be in agreement with measurements.

      Alternatively, one may ask which one of the twenty-some models settled the science so that all the rest could be discarded along with the research funds that have kept those models alive.

      We can take this further. Not a single climate model predicted the current cooling phase. If the science were settled, the model (singular) would have predicted it.

      To stray so far from the basic principles of how REAL scientific inquiry works, is proof that something is rotten in the multinational state of EPA-IPCC-CRU

      To read the rest of the article, simply click on the following link:

      http://www.tncd.com/ebs/hh.s.pdf

      If anyone wants to see one single presentation that best explains the real science, I highly recommend a brief interview with Bob Carter, an Aussi scientist, who i believe makes the best introduction to the debate.

  5. November 28, 2009 7:16 pm

    I still want a pay per view: Swemson versus Allie Gore at center ice in the all-but-forgotten Maple Leaf Gardens.

    Ms. Gore would accuse the frozen sheet of melting, and tell the sold-out audience that if they didn’t stop driving SUV’s, everyone would drown, just like all the Polar Bears did…will…might…ok they didn’t, but what a poetic and woebegone image!

    Swemson would retaliate by hip-checking Alice, and the crowd would go wild, watching the Greatest Directress of All Time slipping and sliding and spinning as she tried to keep her footing on top of that WATER….

    Dave Keon would do an honorary star turn and finish off the hapless film-maker once and for all.

    Certainly worth $49.95 Canadian.

    • F. Swemson permalink
      November 28, 2009 9:58 pm

      I’d be honored John…

      Too bad I’m not a hockey player… One of the reasons why I never got into that sport, was because I hate anything that takes place in a COLD environment…

      Knee capping the lying POS with a 7 iron, is more my style !

      • Peachey permalink
        November 29, 2009 4:05 pm

        Swemson,
        I would pay to see you hold Al Bore in a half-nelson until he cried uncle. I am for having a public bonfire where copies of An Inconvienent Truth are roasted and the crowd dances around the fire chanting “we told you so” and “hey,hey,ho,ho, the climate warming hoax has got to go”.

        • F. Swemson permalink
          November 29, 2009 4:25 pm

          Thanks Peachy…

          I’d love to take him on, under any ROE’s whatsoever…

          I have a bumper sticker on the back of my car that reads:

          Not as lean, Not as mean, But still a Marine…

          I’d take the slimy POS on even if I was in a wheelchair…

          People like Algor are cowards through and through.

          Always have been, always will !

  6. Revnant Dream permalink
    November 29, 2009 12:56 am

    Good headline . Almost knocked my sock puppets off.

  7. therealend permalink
    November 29, 2009 7:30 am

    (begin sarcastic quotation marks)When climate modelling is out of sync with reality, clearly reality must be wrong.(end sarcastic quotation marks)

  8. Freeme permalink
    November 29, 2009 8:01 am

    “Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.”
    –Albert Einstein

    “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil,
    but because of the people who don’t do anything about it”
    –Albert Einstein

  9. oldwolves permalink
    November 29, 2009 9:30 am

    I believe the greatest danger to humanity is not so much the global warming scam in and of it self , but of the very real dangers that are being ignored because of politically motivated scientist. We have now loss our sense of trust in our scientific community and there are danders out there. Now that the scientist have cried ‘wolf’ , will we be prepared for future situations that are NOT man made but must be dealt with.
    For example, last month I tagged an article hear concerning methane gas bubbling out of the Atlantic ocean in hundreds of bubble columns witch then mix with ocean water and the atmosphere. The German and British scientist suspect that there might be hundreds more. All this methane is believed to be acidifying the ocean and causing the ice caps to melt.
    The problem becomes apparent now that real scientist are finding problems and we don’t trust them. Politicians and the media and left wing greenies are dictating what we should believe. We now know the truth is finally being exposed but what damage have they done? What more damage will they still do in keeping up with their false claims?
    I think that the scientific community needs to stand up and attack these false prophets and excommunicate them from their community, or else they’ll never be believed again and we will be in a very dangerous situation.

    Because one day the wolf WILL come. Will our scientidic community be there to save us or will they still claim, like chicken little, that the sky is falling?

    • benwaitin permalink
      November 29, 2009 12:08 pm

      Hi Oldwolves

      Methane is another word for natural gas. It’s what the oil and gas people drill for. Sometimes it comes seeping out of old landfills and mammal backsides. As far back as I can remember the oil and gas industry has been trying to figure out a cheap way to harvest methane gas frozen in ice balls that roll around the bottom of oceans.

      I wouldn’t worry too much about any methane bubbling up under the Atlantic. It is all organic and has probably been bubbling up for millenia, someone finally took notice and went “gore” about it.

      • oldwolves permalink
        November 29, 2009 12:21 pm

        Your probably right benwaitin, but thats my point. How do we know who to trust? We’ve credited these scientist for so long that now, it’s likely a ‘stimulus’ package will be needed because they think themselves to big to fail! The scientific community is in need of a major enema.

        • F. Swemson permalink
          November 29, 2009 3:11 pm

          Ironical fact number 1,237

          Methane content in the atmosphere has been declining for a good number of years now, and none of the scientists know why.

          • betty boop permalink
            November 30, 2009 4:56 am

            Good to know. Takes a lot of “hot air” out of their newest insult- the campaign to stop people from eating meat by claiming that beef and poultry farming is destroying the ozone layer faster than any other cause. The greenies will stop at nothing to make the rest of us as miserable as they are.

            I’m heading out in my car right now to eat a big steak and egg breakfast!

  10. Fritz Becker permalink
    November 29, 2009 7:56 pm

    Speaking of one of the many problems being ignored thanks to “Earth Warming Incorporated” did you know that there has been an explosion in the population of wild pigs across the Southern U.S? I found out about this while watching the discovery channel one night of all things. They are destroying farmers crops and crowding out more native species in their search for food.
    These are the decedents of hogs that escaped pig farms perhaps as long as 100 years ago, there is an estimated population of 6,000,000 feral pigs, it’s growing every year, and they are moving further north every year. Now it appears that some have been interbreeding with some Eurasian wild boars that someone introduced to a game farm a few years ago, now the feral pigs are getting tougher, taller and faster.
    Here is a true environmental disaster that you probably have never heard about, one of many, and unlike so called man made Earth warming there is actually something that could be done. But nothing will be until it’s too late, between the animal rights loons, the enviromarxists, and the gun haters they will make sure that every neighborhood has packs of feral pigs tearing up the landscape.

    • F. Swemson permalink
      November 29, 2009 9:40 pm

      Fritz;

      It’s interesting that you should mention this, because I recently received some photos taken by an old friend, that he took of his son going after one of these wild pigs that they saw in a field they were driving by.

      In photo #1, you can see how big these bad boys actually get:

      http://www.tncd.com/ebs/mh.4.jpg

      Now what kind of a weapon do you think he killed that beast with ?

      If you’re up for some real entertainment, the following pix show how he brought him down…

      (Warning: Not of the squeamish !)

      http://www.tncd.com/ebs/mh.1.jpg

      http://www.tncd.com/ebs/mh.2.jpg

      http://www.tncd.com/ebs/mh.3.jpg

      http://www.tncd.com/ebs/mh.5.jpg

      BTW: Say what you will about these critters, but as long as you cut the musk gland out right after killing them, the ribs and chops that come off the barbecue are really great ! 🙂

  11. Robert permalink
    November 30, 2009 2:59 am

    The appearance of “those ones” is parody, or tongue-in-cheek, I hope.

  12. j c original permalink
    November 30, 2009 3:10 pm

    Someone said the entire group of GW climate-scientist liars should be barred forever on commenting on weather-similiar to a barred lawyer.

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