The Continuing Climate Meltdown

embarrassed-smiley-faceMore embarrassments for the U.N. and ‘settled’ science

Wall Street Journal Editorial

It has been a bad—make that dreadful—few weeks for what used to be called the “settled science” of global warming, and especially for the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that is supposed to be its gold standard.

First it turns out that the Himalayan glaciers are not going to melt anytime soon, notwithstanding dire U.N. predictions. Next came news that an IPCC claim that global warming could destroy 40% of the Amazon was based on a report by an environmental pressure group. Other IPCC sources of scholarly note have included a mountaineering magazine and a student paper.

Since the climategate email story broke in November, the standard defense is that while the scandal may have revealed some all-too-human behavior by a handful of leading climatologists, it made no difference to the underlying science. We think the science is still disputable. But there’s no doubt that climategate has spurred at least some reporters to scrutinize the IPCC’s headline-grabbing claims in a way they had rarely done previously.

Read the rest of this piece at Wall Street Journal.

13 Responses to The Continuing Climate Meltdown

  1. Kelly February 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    Who wants to tell the Dutch?..
    But if you want to win a nice prize then you have to answer the ‘climate science quiz’ correctly..
    Absurd images from recent ‘Beat the Heat’ national climate event in Netherlands:
    Check out the gay climate activist interrogating the unbeliever over how many times he showers a day..

    • Dan McGrath February 18, 2010 at 12:18 am #

      Nice one. Love the subversive planting of the skeptic’s handbook.

  2. Paul Wenum February 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    Dan, excellent job!

  3. Rob N. Hood February 22, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Gee, Dan, I’m surprised the evil Liberal media invited you, and even treated you fairly. What a shocker, eh?

    “American fascism will not be really dangerous,” Wallace once said, “until there is a purposeful coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public information…”

    Noting that, “Fascism is a worldwide disease,” Wallace further suggested that fascism’s “greatest threat to the United States will come after the war” and will manifest “within the United States itself.”

    In his strongest indictment of the tide of fascism the Vice President of the United States saw rising in America, he added:
    “They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.”

    Finally, Wallace said, “The myth of fascist efficiency has deluded many people. … Democracy, to crush fascism internally, must…develop the ability to keep people fully employed and at the same time balance the budget. It must put human beings first and dollars second. It must appeal to reason and decency and not to violence and deceit. We must not tolerate oppressive government or industrial oligarchy in the form of monopolies and cartels.”

    As Wallace’s President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, said when he accepted his party’s renomination in 1936 in Philadelphia:
    “…Out of this modern civilization, economic royalists [have] carved new dynasties…. It was natural and perhaps human that the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power, reached out for control over government itself. They created a new despotism and wrapped it in the robes of legal sanction…. And as a result the average man once more confronts the problem that faced the Minute Man….”

  4. paul wenum February 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    Nice cut and paste. Your true thoughts?

  5. Dan McGrath February 23, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    Yes. I’ve read this before. A Rob Rerun? There’s some truth in that, mind, but what does it have to do with the discussion at hand? Are you trying to be tangential?

  6. Rob N. Hood February 23, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    Doesn’t this shed some light on current events…? It may be a re-run, but still as important as ever. And Paul, in case you didn’t notice, and apparently you didn’t- these are quotes and indictated as such. And as such they don’t need to be “my thoughts”… You are a bit confused by fourth grade grammer rules?

  7. Rob N. Hood February 23, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    Here is another of “my true thoughts”:

    ‘Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right?’-Martin Luther King Jr.

  8. paul wenum February 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    Then I suggest that you look at your conscience.

  9. Rob N. Hood February 27, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    Ouch, that hurts. And here I thought you liked me. Funny that you take a simple (but profound) quote and automatically assume it is some kind of slam against you, and then take a cheap shot. Why is that, do you think? Do you think…

  10. paul wenum February 28, 2010 at 12:18 am #

    Other than chastise, Do you?

  11. Rob N. Hood February 28, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    Uh… yes… Paul, I have. Any one else besides you ditto-heads would say so.

    Captains Log; Stardate 3098: Experiment with so-called “ditto-heads” nearing completion. Communication continues to be limited and repetitive. Ability of indigenous peoples to cognate beyond certain parameters appears impossible. No indications of sentient life at this location.

    Beam me up Scotty.

  12. paul wenum March 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    No response to a person my Father would call in the old days, a “Knucklehead.” Enough said.

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