Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Monday 27th March and Tuesday 28th March

I'd forgotten that I'd promised to look at other right-wing pundits than Tim, and specifically the lunacy that is the Daily Ablution. In a post on global warming he approving quotes this piece from Bob Carter, which "incidentally points out that there's been exactly zero global temperature rise since 1998".

And Scott is right, it does. Indeed the title is "There IS a problem with global warming... it stopped in 1998". Now it's not entirely clear if Bob Carter did choose this title. I doubt he did as its indefensible. He does say, however:

Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature records of the
Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, that for the years
1998-2005 global average temperature did not increase (there was actually a
slight decrease, though not at a rate that differs significantly from zero).

Now if this had been in the Guardian, or said by someone left-wing, Scott would have jumped on it like a flash. As it's not, he's not. It's totally unsupported by the Climate Research Unit's work. It's true only for certain data, and only because 1998 was a very warm year. Even on this data it would be like earning £40k a year in 1998, and then £20k in 2002, £25k in 2003, £30k in 2004 and £35k in 2005, and saying that your income was on a downwards trend.

7 Comments:

Anonymous n.i.b. said...

Why do 'the right' object to ideas like global warming and peak oil?

To be fair, Timmy W is right on this one - we/themarket probably sort it out one way or another.

But what I can't see how denying something is happening is going to help. It's like saying you're going out to buy lunch only to be told you shouldn't be hungry.

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