Saturday, September 23, 2006

Bolt burger #5 - snow burger

Andrew Bolt's 5th picky point with Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth", keeping in mind that the cream of Australia's climate scientists rate it 4.5 out of 5, is purposefully discombobulating:

5: Gore shows scary maps of how New York and Shanghai would drown under 20 feet (600cm) of water if all Greenland?s ice melted.

In fact, various studies say Greenland's snow cover, and Antarctica's,is increasing or stable. The scientists of even the fiercely pro-warming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predict seas will rise (as they have for centuries) not by Gore's 600cm by 2100, but by between 14 and 43cm.

Andrew, if you are seeking to be picky, the least you can do is cite your references. Or follow through from your initial premise, rather that get stuck out in the middle of nowhere like a polar bear trapped on shrinking ice-flow. If Greenland's snow-cover is increasing, or stable, it does not mean it isn't melting faster elsewhere. This fossil-fuel funded talking point first started to do the rounds in May this year. The CEI, the ExxonMobil-funded think tank, selectively used the research they refer to in their An Inconvenient Truth attack-ad called Carbon dioxide: they call it pollution, we call it life. View it here: :::[Carbon dioxide spot: They call it an ad. We call it a lie] (While you are there, please read my counter-ad that got such a good response from so many good people who linked to it so Google listed the counter-ad as #1, poetically above CEI's, justicewise.).

Yes indeedy. The thinking in the CEI ad is what one would ascribe more to death-cult stuff, really. Quite bizarre. It beggars belief, Bolt. The professor from the University of Missouri, whose research was used, went public to claim that the CEI deliberately misrepresents his research: :::[]

The ads drew a protest from a University of Missouri professor who says they are "a deliberate effort to confuse and mislead the public about the global warming debate." He said one of them misuses a study he published in Science magazine last year on the Antarctic ice sheet. An editor of Science also said the ads misrepresent the findings of that study as well as a second study on Greenland's glaciers.

The second CEI ad notes that carbon dioxide (CO2) is "essential to life," and says, "they call it pollution. We call it life." That ad fails to mention that too much CO2 can cause global temperatures to rise or that there is more of it in the atmosphere than any time during the last 420,000 years.

Andrew, you have the link now. Use it, or go out with the polar bears. Because the world will miss the polar bears a lot more than those of your elk.

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Anonymous said...

We all as a world espeially me and others in the developed world need to turn ourselves green, otherwise the results could be disasterous for the world. As this is an issue about the planet- where we live, why are political leaders not doing something about it? America needs to acknowledge that climate change is real and needs tackling head on.

Wadard said...

Well - the final pieces in that puzzle are the front line opinion makers like Andrew Bolt and other rehashers of big-oil funded think tank talking points.