Fri, 2006-07-21 08:01Richard Littlemore
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A Hockey Stick that Can't Keep its Tip Up

A tartly critical new reader (see “Cherrypicking” here) complains that the DeSmogBlog has not immersed itself, on every possible occasion in theThe "Hockey Stick" graph “hockey stick” debate.

Our apologies. For those who are unfamiliar, the “hockey stick” defined the shape of an early graph by one of the world's most respected climate scientists, Dr. Michael Mann. The graph appeared to demonstrate a long-term spike in global warming that meant the 20th century was the warmest in more than a thousand years.

In a 2002 book (Taken By Storm), Christopher Essex and the economist Dr. Ross McKitrick took issue with Mann's statistical method, pointing out some matters of legitimate concern, and the climate change denial lobby grasped the now-flacid hockey stick and began shaking it hither and yon, arguing that if this one graph was flawed, all climate change science was similiarly shakey.

Thu, 2006-07-20 18:26Richard Littlemore
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Congress Asked If Climate Science is Solid ...

… and the scientists it selected to answer the question said yes.
Thu, 2006-07-20 13:12Richard Littlemore
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The Inconvenient Truth about Robert C. Balling

In a recent post in The Citizen.com, Dr. Robert C. Balling, director of the$8 million invested in skeptic movement Office of Climatology at Arizona State University, launches pseudo-scientific attack on Al Gore's move, An Inconvenient Truth.

As with a clutch of other industry-funded academics who quibble over climate change, Dr. Balling is happy to use his Ph.D. and his title to suggest expertise and to imply scientific objectivity. But readers might be better able to judge the quality of his input if they knew that he has been the eager recipient of funding from such philanthropic organizations as ExxonMobil, the British Coal Corporation, Cyprus Minerals and OPEC. Per the link above, Sourcewatch lists his take from these sources at a little over $400,000 in the last 10 years.

Thu, 2006-07-20 09:43Ross Gelbspan
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Here Comes the Sun -- Yet Again!

It's all due to the sun – according to a guest column in the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel.  Unfortunately, none but a few contrarian scientists – many paid by coal and oil interests – believe that.

Virtually all legitimate climate scientists conclude that while the sun was the dominant external influence on the climate until about 150 years ago, it has since been swamped by greenhouse gases which, today, comprise about 85 percent of the external influences on the climate.

Thu, 2006-07-20 08:55Sarah Pullman
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Get Ready for McFuel!

We came across this great campaign video this week. Slightly on the cheesy side, perhaps, but a great little thing to watch if you want some tingly inspirational feelings for a pick-me-up.

It's a video set 50 years down the road, looking back at 2006 as the year that the tide turned for renewable energy. The highlight for me was the idea of MacDonald's completely remaking themselves into a biofuel company.

It was created by RenewUS – a group that “intends to stimulate enactment of broad non-partisan high-impact political and industrial policy to reduce and sequester greenhouse gases. Over the coming months and years, a variety of initiatives will engage a wide range of constituencies in a constructive program of economic, political and industrial endeavors.”

Check it out. Think we can do it?

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