Sunday, March 2, 2008

Skeptics seize on "cold spell" to debunk AGW?

Kudos to Newsbusters once again, and I'm not even going to try to improve on Noel Sheppard's excellent points in his rebuttal piece that points out how the NYT story is still advocating for global warming alarmism, even with all the winter records we've had this year.

It's really, however, quite simple. Whenever anecdotal evidence points towards warmth, the anthropogenic end of the Earth is proclaimed in the press. When anecdotal evidence paints a contrasting picture, we see articles like this, which, though giving some positive exposure to the "deniers" of the world, still tries to wheel-and-deal to save some face, because much face stands to be lost, as this utter BS is shown for what it really is--simple fearmongering.

The curious thing about the title of this article is its opposite; why have we never seen Alarmists on AGW Seize on Warm Spell?

Skeptics on Human Climate Impact Seize on Cold Spell - New York Times:

The world has seen some extraordinary winter conditions in both hemispheres over the past year: snow in Johannesburg last June and in Baghdad in January, Arctic sea ice returning with a vengeance after a record retreat last summer, paralyzing blizzards in China, and a sharp drop in the globe’s average temperature.

It is no wonder that some scientists, opinion writers, political operatives and other people who challenge warnings about dangerous human-caused global warming have jumped on this as a teachable moment.

“Earth’s ‘Fever’ Breaks: Global COOLING Currently Under Way,” read a blog post and news release on Wednesday from Marc Morano, the communications director for the Republican minority on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

So what is happening?

According to a host of climate experts, including some who question the extent and risks of global warming, it is mostly good old-fashioned weather, along with a cold kick from the tropical Pacific Ocean, which is in its La Niña phase for a few more months, a year after it was in the opposite warm El Niño pattern.

If anything else is afoot — like some cooling related to sunspot cycles or slow shifts in ocean and atmospheric patterns that can influence temperatures — an array of scientists who have staked out differing positions on the overall threat from global warming agree that there is no way to pinpoint whether such a new force is at work.

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