November 24, 2009

Hitler, Stalin fingered in climate conspiracy

Steven J. Dubner, co-author of SuperFreakonomics, lent credence to the fevered "ClimateGate" ravings of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), and other global warming deniers in an interview with Fox Business Network host David Asman, after Asman compared climate scientists to Stalin and Hitler.
"Stalin ... and of course, Hitler," he says. Haha. Fox.

Watch it.

Say what, Dubner thinks the scientists he's accusing of distorting evidence don't take methane into consideration?

As a matter of fact, a legitimate and reasonable criticism is that they take methane too much into consideration and to the extent that climate projections include for a certain volume of methane that never materialized, those projections would be inaccurate.

So Dubner is telling climate scientists, who he's accused of distorting evidence, and who are already well aware of the effects of methane, that they should be paying more attention to methane, and not CO2, even though there has been approaching a zero increase in the amount of methane in the atmosphere over the last decade or so.

And for those reasons, it's fair to criticize some climate projections. That is, criticisms all based on the exact opposite of what Steven J. Dubner is claiming. You can't help except wonder ... does Dubner even know what it is in the tarnation that he is talking about?

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