Thursday, January 3, 2008

Sanity From The NY Times?

Wow. NY Times columnist, John Tierney predicts dire weather for 2008. He's not sure where or when or what, only that wherever, whenever, and whatever dire weather occurs will be pounced upon by global warming alarmists and proof of antropogenic global warming.

Tierney goes on to report that, "A year ago, British meteorologists made headlines predicting that the buildup of greenhouse gases would help make 2007 the hottest year on record. At year’s end, even though the British scientists reported the global temperature average was not a new record — it was actually lower than any year since 2001 — the BBC confidently proclaimed, '2007 Data Confirms Warming Trend.'”

He notes that all of the hand wringing over Arctic ice loss is matched by silence about record Antarctic ice gains. He recalls the predictions of hurricane devastation have not panned out the past two hurricane season, with 2007's season the calmest in decades.

Tierney points out other "inconvenient truths" for climate alarmists, whom he describes as "availability entrepreneurs," who are "the activists, journalists and publicity-savvy scientists who selectively monitor the globe looking for newsworthy evidence of a new form of sinfulness, burning fossil fuels."

Since a slight, gradual warming, doesn't invoke panic, the availability entrepreneurs induce it by creating an "availability cascade" of dire news. "The availability cascade is a self-perpetuating process," writes Tierney, "The more attention a danger gets, the more worried people become, leading to more news coverage and more fear."

This is good stuff. That it's appearing in the NY Times is an indication that more people are noticing Emperor Al has no clothes.

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