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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Is it warm in here or is it just me?

No, it isn't just me. It's science. The world is getting warmer and we causing it.
I can't believe I've had to point this article from last December out to no fewer than four people this week, three of them otherwise intelligent, skeptical people who are not usually taken in wingnut big lie propaganda ( the other incident was work-related and I'll say no more about that for now). The right has been screeching about "Climategate" for months now and you know how they never let the facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory.


Science Not Faked, but Not Pretty

Climate scientist e-mails show effort to not share data, pettiness, but no fakery


BY SETH BORENSTEIN, RAPHAEL SATTER and MALCOLM RITTER Associated Press Writers


LONDON December 12, 2009 (APE-mails stolen from climate scientists show they stonewalled skeptics and discussed hiding data — but the messages don't support claims that the science of global warming was faked, according to an exhaustive review by The Associated Press.

The 1,073 e-mails examined by the AP show that scientists harbored private doubts, however slight and fleeting, even as they told the world they were certain about climate change. However, the exchanges don't undercut the vast body of evidence showing the world is warming because of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Can we please drop all this Climategate bullshit now? It is like arguing about the color of the trim on the truck that is about to run us over. Yes, there are scientists who dissent - there are also some scientist that don't think there is a provable link between smoking and lung cancer. The niggling details are irrelevant, the core science is very clear: The Earth is getting warmer, and that is not a good thing. And it is happening because we are pumping too much crud into the air and cutting down too many trees, and that is not a good thing. So lets stop rearranging deck chairs and start steering the goddamn ship away from the goddam iceberg. OK?

2 comments:

Southern Quebec said...

I was listening to the weather on CBC Montreal yesterday. The nice weatherman from Environment Canada pointed out that the average temperature in Montreal during the month of February was 4 degrees C, warmer that normal. 4 degrees!!!! We have no snow and the tulips are starting to come up! In southern Quebec.

David said...

Climategate is an exhausting, swirling, toilet bowl of stupid.

Sure, it's a bad analogy, but the commitment to lies and ignorance by the wingnuts is tiring.