Carol Platt Liebau: Inconvenient Truths

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Inconvenient Truths

Until now, the global warming true believers pretty much had the stage to themselves. No, the country at large wasn't in a state of low-grade hysteria (much less overwrought panic a la Richard Cohen) over the prospect of global warming, but the MSM could pretty much get away with allowing those writing in its pages to declare that there was "consensus" about its existence (see here and here, for examples).

But with Al Gore's new documentary, ironically, the global warming true believers are finally being being challenged -- and it's about time.

First, there was this. And today, this and this.

How ironic if, in his efforts to raise Americans' fears, along with the profile of the global warming issue, Al Gore actually succeeds in raising widespread doubts about its very existence . . .


Blogger Bradley J. Fikes said...


The sources you cite do not present an accurate picture of the science behind global warming. Here's a couple of points I hope you consider.

Lindzen ignored the strongest evidence on global warming and gave a distorted picture of the case by global warming "alarmists." Look at my blog post. Just scroll down my blog a bit, and be sure to read the post by Chris Mooney, whom I linked to. Pay careful attention to the discussion of "tropical" and "extratropical" storms, which Lindzen handles in a confusingly cursory manner.

Jonah Goldberg was incorrect in writing that "60 climatologists from around the world" endorsed that letter to Canada's prime minister. Many of these are not climatologists at all. Read the affiliations in the list. They include economists, energy consultants, chemists, biologists, physicists,etc, with no pertinent scientific training. Some of these people work in businesses that have financial motives to cast doubt on global warming. You should keep that in mind when someone like Lindzen says global warming "alarmists" have financial motives to scare people. That argument cuts both ways, and I know you want to be fair.

BTW, I'm a MSM type who is horrified over Hiltzik -- you can see what I wrote on my blog. The abuse Hiltzik gave out and his deception is shameful.



10:19 PM  
Blogger Bradley J. Fikes said...

My actual home page, which I don't showed up, is here:

10:23 PM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

It would seem there has been a recent discovery that solar energy warms the earth so there is global warming. When the Sun stops warming the earth we will stop getting warm. We will die. End of problem.

4:36 AM  
Blogger Sven said...

Beware, Mr. Fikes. Fate lies in wait for the "true believer."

6:04 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

Wow... The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, AND Jonah Goldberg all come out saying that there's no global warming. That's really going to change the debate, because all three are widely seen as non-partisan, independant voices of truth and reason. You've really got us now!

7:37 AM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

Richard Lindzen, author of the Opinion Journal piece, is Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT. Steven Milloy, author of the Fox News article holds an M.S. in biostatistics from Johns Hopkins. Their credentials are at least as formidable as Naomi Oreskes, who, according to the information at the bottom of her Washington Post piece, is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in Science Studies at Univ. of California. If Lindzen and Milloy are to be disregarded simply because their writings appeared in publications some consider too conservative to be believable, ought not Orestes' piece be disregarded for being run in one of the top three leftist newspapers in the country?

In fact, both Lindzen and Milloy point out very specifically why they believe Orestes overstates the global warming claims. If a person doesn't want to believe them, fine; but don't try discrediting them because of where they publish their articles.

11:19 PM  
Blogger Sven said...

Steven Milloy, author of the Fox News article holds an M.S. in biostatistics from Johns Hopkins.

Yes, and this guy earned a Ph.D. is less than a year.

2:11 PM  

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