Monday, January 04, 2010

Unhelpful Science

Boy it's cold outside. Hey, doesn't that disprove global warming? Certainly not, but the trend of late has been away from rising trends. The East Anglia emails noted the frustration of a few scientists on this climatic pause, almost as if they're sad to see the devastation on hold. Think "Day After Tomorrow".

That frustration apparently led to this WaPo article, where another scientist laments the failure of his colleagues to convey the message of gloom, doom and death trains in a way where people take immediate and socialistic action to change the way they live. Yet he loses all credibility in the very first paragraph:
The battle over the science of global warming has long been a street fight between mainstream researchers and skeptics. But never have the scientists received such a deep wound as when, in late November, a large trove of e-mails and documents stolen from the Climatic Research Unit at Britain's University of East Anglia were released onto the Web.
Emphasis added to point out that when he says 'the scientists' were wounded, as opposed to perhaps 'the man-made global warming advocates' were wounded, he's insinuating the skeptics aren't scientists. He also assumes the emails were stolen and not leaked. I don't believe that's been proven yet. But whatever, in his mind the science is settled, it's simply the lack of more Bill Nyes to convince the Nascar Dads and tailgate bubbas of the coming doom.

Good grief though, for a bunch that supposedly doesn't know how to get their message across they sure spend a lot of time in favorable, non-rebutted print. Here's Penn State's Michael "Hockey Stick" Mann dissing skeptic Patrick Michaels--not over a specific contention but just for his scientific chops in general. Methinks he doth protest too much.

And here's a polar bear scientist (not sure what else to call them) suggesting that another polar bear scientist shouldn't be invited to seminars because he doesn't believe man mankind personkind humanity the unwashed masses are creating all the warmth:
"For the sake of polar bear conservation," Mr. Taylor's views "are extremely unhelpful," fellow polar-bear biologist Andrew Derocher, wrote in an email this summer explaining why most of Mr. Taylor's colleagues wouldn't welcome him at an international meeting.
Ahem, "unhelpful" views? All views are now expected to be 'helpful' to the consensus view? How Stalin-like.

Perhaps the reason so many are frustrated about not being able to get their important message across is not because people haven't heard or even understand the message, but because they simply aren't buying it due to the obvious advocacy.

Albert has a response..


I think he means, "that's not science!". Unless he's calling GI Joe out at the plate.

BTW, I got that Albert Einstein Action Figure from ThinkGeek.com (this is not a commercial). They have a lot of interesting stuff you won't see in K-Mart.

2 comments:

LASunsett said...

//Perhaps the reason so many are frustrated about not being able to get their important message across is not because people haven't heard or even understand the message, but because they simply aren't buying it due to the obvious advocacy.//

It's hard to buy into this thing when it's 9 degrees outside when people wake up in morning, when Miami is forecasting a low of 36, and record lows are being set all over the planet.

It just does not compute to the average person who doesn't have time to consider the other data that we all hash out, to make OUR arguments against this stuff.

A.C. McCloud said...

Yep. The Dems know this, and will stick with ramming through health care alone this year. No cap and trade.