December 15, 2008

Climate Change hysteria cranked up again

AP Science writer Seth Borenstein is at it again. Apparently we are seconds from global warming disaster. Unfortunately there seems to be little science in Seth's Science Writing.

His article starts out with this hysteria;

When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, global warming was a slow-moving environmental problem that was easy to ignore. Now it is a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama can't avoid.

Since Clinton's inauguration, summer Arctic sea ice has lost the equivalent of Alaska, California and Texas. The 10 hottest years on record have occurred since Clinton's second inauguration. Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama knows it.

But here's an article from 2007 talking about Seth's penchant for apocalyptic verbiage and lack of consideration of the facts;

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 11:38 AM

It would seem that the AP, through Seth Borenstein, whom we have come to know as a man who like to whip up some controversy with his articles on the environment and global warming in particular, has done it again.

Not unlike his previous articles, though, he has also exposed - at the very least - as an exaggerator of the highest order.

It has been across the board been BASHED by scientists who regard this article as fear mongering of the worst kind. To me, it is just another indication of just how desperate the AGW proponents are to forward their DYING AGENDA.

Global warming is simply bunk. If you want to see why, there's documentary proof here.

But specific to Seth's points, if the summer arctic sea ice has lost the equivalent of Alaska, California and Texas, what does that mean?

Anybody? Global disaster? How about the fact that there are global ice ages and warmer periods and that seasonal and yearly fluctuation are natural. If the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been tracking this since 1979, then do you really think we have enough of a historical basis for these crazy conclusions? Do 28 monthly points of data sound like enough to make a predictive model? I wouldn't base my target marketing efforts at my day job on such a flimsy model. But we're required to stop all world efforts because of this? How can people, including some scientists, be such Luddites?

Seth's other point about the 10 hottest years on record. Check out for some hard science. Too deep for me to plow through right now, but this chart, from Watts Up With That? clearly shows otherwise.

Top 10 GISS U.S. Temperature deviation (deg C) in New Order 8/7/2007:
Year Old New
1934 1.23 1.25
1998 1.24 1.23
1921 1.12 1.15
2006 1.23 1.13
1931 1.08 1.08
1999 0.94 0.93
1953 0.91 0.90
1990 0.88 0.87
1938 0.85 0.86
1939 0.84 0.85

Credit to Steven McIntyre.

But Al Gore says the Arctic Ice only has 5 years left. And we all know he's the real expert.

Way to go Al.

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