Some things are just so obviously crazy at WND that I have decided it’s just boring and repetitive to address it. The blood moon stuff, black mob violence, even EMPs … getting old and repetitive, and the middle one I’ve refused to address more here because of it’s ridiculously skewed and racist reporting.
Climate change is another one of those topics. But, they keep publishing about it, and I’ve accumulated a few dozen links in the past two months that I thought I’d quickly do a run-down of:
“U.N. Calls Summit on Global Warming” (December 27, 2013) – Jerome Corsi – 215 comments
Reporting On: “The 2014 UN global warming summit is being billed as a prelude to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, Conference in 2015, at which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon hopes to advance the UN agenda to get a final international agreement signed in Paris to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol carbon emission reduction agreement dating back to 2008.”
Thesis: Points to isolated incidents of cold weather and therefore an overall warming trend is wrong.
“Climate-Change Panel Gets Cold Feet” (January 3, 2014) – news snippet – 32 comments
Reporting On: The projection of 0.4-1.0 °C temperature rise over the next 2 decades has been “quietly” revised down to 0.3-0.7 °C.
My Take: This is science. Revised data, new projections, 0.3-0.7 is well within the 0.4-1.0 original projection. This is like saying, “Look, that’s a bird!” and getting closer and saying, “Look, it’s a crow!”
“Frozen Over” (January 6, 2014) – WND poll – 11 comments
Results: 212 voters, only 2 (1%) said that climate change is real. In response to the question, “Do you still believe in global warming?” 88% selected the option “No, I never did. It’s one of the greatest hoaxes every perpetrated.” 5% selected, “No, it’s rife with fraud, and its No. 1 proponent, Al Gore, is insane.”
“Bitter Cold Blasts Climate-Change-Fighting Chicago” (January 7, 2014) – Steve Goreham – 0 comments
Reporting On: It was cold in Chicago, therefore the globe isn’t warming.
“Atmospheric CO2 Is Mostly to Do with Dirt” (January 12, 2014) – news snippet – 22 comments
Reporting On: Fungi can regulate the amount of carbon in soil.
Commenters: Top-rated “FauxScienceSlayer”‘s comment claims that CO2 is mandatory for life, therefore natural, therefore good, and it has “ZERO ability to store or ‘redirect’ radiant energy.” The rest of his comment is just as crazy and wrong.
“‘Fewer and Fewer’ in Senate Buy Global Warming” (January 12, 2014) – Drew Zahn – 236 comments | and | “Inhofe: ‘Fewer and Fewer’ Senators Buy ‘Global Warming’” (January 15, 2014) – news snippet – 15 comments
My Take: Why would I ever turn to the US Senate to get a lesson on science?
“Climate-Change Disbelief Rises in America” (January 16, 2014) – news snippet – 39 comments
Reporting On: “The number of Americans who believe global warming isn’t happening has risen to 23 percent, up 7 percentage points since April 2013.”
My Take: And 25% don’t know that Earth orbits the Sun, and over 40% think that the Judeo-Christian God directly created humans, many of them 6000 years ago. As with the previous, why would I turn to the American public for a science lesson?
“‘Climate Change’: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” (January 14, 2014) – Molotov Mitchell in video – 4 comments
Some non sequitur on taxing electric vehicles to build roads?
“Is a Mini Ice Age on the Way?” (January 17, 2014) – news snippet from The Daily Mail – 59 comments
My Take: It’s from The Daily Mail … ‘nough said.
“Blizzard Pummels Northeast” (January 21, 2014) – news snippet – 6 comments
My Take: Remember — weather ≠ climate. Simple as that.
“The Thermageddon Cult Strikes Again” (January 21, 2014) – Lord Monckton – 41 comments
I really have no idea what’s going on with this one. It sounds like a petulant child stamping his foot for not getting his way. There are allusions to Galileo, the Borg, and Nazis. If you want to read a weird one, this would be a good read.
“Chill Out About Global Warming” (January 21, 2014) – John Stossel – 2 comments
His Thesis: I think this is it … “If serious warming happens, we can adjust, as we’ve adjusted to big changes throughout history. It will be easier to adjust if America is not broke after wasting our resources on trendy gimmicks like windmills.”
“‘Big Chill’ Expected to Stay Until 2040” (January 21, 2014) – Greg Corombos – 151 comments
His Thesis: That there’s one guy (Tim Ball) who says it’s going to stay really cold for another 25 years.
My Take: Argument from authority strikes again. Remember that you can always find a scientist to say something. Should you believe that one compared with the thousands that say the opposite? Maybe, but what about you, who has no expertise on the subject? Don’t you think it’s a tad arrogant to think that you are better informed to make a decision on something than the people who have been studying it their entire lives?
“Again! Massive Fudging on Global-Warming Temps” (January 27, 2014) – Bob Unruh – 427 comments
Reporting on: “An independent data analyst whose work has been published by Principia Scientific, where scientists deliberate and debate, throwing out predetermined political results in favor of the truth in the data, says the global warming activists are at it again. They’re manipulating the data.”
My Take: See above. And, this is exactly like those people back during President Obama’s second election who claimed that every single poll conducted was wrong, skewed towards Democrats, so Mitt Romney was really going to win in a landslide. These guys are doing exactly the same thing – making ridiculous “corrections” because they perceive a bias – and getting the results they want instead of what’s really going on.
“‘The President Just Made That Up’” (January 17, 2014) – news snippet – 39 comments
Reporting On: The top-Senate-climate-change-denier, Jim Inhofe (Republican (duh), Oklahoma) said that President Obama was lying about climate change.
My Take: A Republican denying science and accusing a Democrat President of lying? Must’ve been a slow news day.
“Why There Is Global Warming” (February 4, 2014) – Joseph Farah – 58 comments
Thesis: “The socialist left began fishing for new “crises” they could use to reorder societies committed to free enterprise and limited government. In fact, they began manufacturing them. This is why we have global warming today – or, should I say, why we have the fraudulent hysteria about catastrophic, man-made climate change.”
My Take: Not worth even dignifying with a response.
“The Rubber-Science Called Climate Change” (February 5, 2014) – Phil Elmore – 16 comments
His Thesis: Liberals are using a manufactured fake crisis to fund unpopular investments in clean energy.
Climate Summit Comic by Joel Pett for USA Today
“Scientists Tricked into Believing This Lie” (February 15, 2014) – Greg Corombos – 735 comments
And a columnist on the rightest-of-the-right-wing websites is going to explain why 97% of the world’s climate scientists are wrong. Refer above to my mention of arrogance.
“Identified: Major Cause of Climate Change” (February 17, 2014) – Greg Corombos – 680 comments
Reporting On: Again, Tim Ball. Who’s selling his book, The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science.