Friday, January 11, 2008

Lame and Predictable

Well, now that we've had a couple of years of cooling off, and crazy stuff happening like snow in Baghdad, you will be hearing from the hucksters of climate change soon and loudly.

In fact, here they are, insisting that 'it's still happening' without offering any proof, or even any explanation of why it isn't happening this year, or last year, or the year before.

This is another example of how they worm their way out of the explanation by saying 'extreme weather events of all kinds could be caused' by global warming-- er, sorry, climate change.

In other words, when it's cold, it's global warming causing it. When it rains, when it doesn't rain, when it's hot, when it's cold, when it snows, it's all caused by manmade catastrophic global warming.

Please do not miss the fact that this story is distributed worldwide by Reuters, guaranteeing it will appear in thousands of newspapers and on thousands of radio and television shows. Worldwide news agencies like AP, Reuters and Agence France Presse are the de facto writers of many of these shows and articles, because people do 'rip and read' from news wires for convenience in broadcasting and publishing. If the story is there and it's already written, and you need to fill the last minute of the three minute local news, hey, why not? So Reuters becomes the controller of what you hear and what you do NOT hear.

I was in radio for almost thirty years, people. This is what happens. AP and Reuters and the old UPI (in my day) were pretty much our only newswriters in small and medium town radio news.

Note that this spokesman says 'the decade from 1998 to 2007' is the hottest decade on record.

See if this holds true in a year, when it's 1999 through 2008. It won't. Because 1998 is the big one, and the rest are almost average, especially now, when the last two years are below average. It's convenient to them that 1998 begins a decade that just ended, so they can speak of this in current terms, but it won't hold up.

2005 was warm, and had lots of juicy hurricanes. But their threats and fear-mongering about the next two hurricane seasons fell totally flat. They're wrong, and they're getting defensive about this.

Expect more.

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