Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Climate Change Denier Shows Up and Testifies -- Yeah, Global Warming Is Occurring
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/opinion/04krugman.html?_r=1 Oops. Oh well. What is most damning about the guy's testimony is that he was NOT really seeking to figure out whether global warming was real or pretend, he was just asked to look at the worst parts of the current pro-warming reserach and explain why they biased the results. For example -- many weather monitoring stations are near paved parking lots, large buildings, and in urban areas -- so yeah, those stations, if thrown out, would prove there is no warming. Right? Well, no. You see, the rural stations in the middle of nowhere and the urban statiuons both showed the same level of warming. At best, had the urban stations been rural, they would have registered the same level of change, just not the same temperature (so, a rural MN station would show change from 40 to 42 degrees while an urban one might show 48 to 50 degrees). Needless to say, this is not good news for climate change deniers. The problem with using credible experts is that they have this great need to remain, well, credible experts. In the gay marriage cases working their way through the 9th Circuit, several of the experts put forward by the anti-gay forces actually gave good testimony for the pro-gay forces. They were not called at trial, but their testimony was read into the record....by the pro-gay forces. I guess the best thing to do here is to simply put a guy through school, get him a degree, and hire him for $1,000,000 to be a climate change expert and always spout your position. Sure it isn't the cleanest way to do things, but when the damned smarties show up and testify the wrong way, you need a Plan B. (The current Plan B is to use a retired TV weatherman -- not sure that is the best way to go).