Thursday, November 17, 2005

OutFoxed

Fox News has jumped on the Global Warming bandwagon. It needs to jump off.

Sunday's hour-long program titled "The Heat Is On: The Case of Global Warming," included a verbal disclaimer by Fox News warning viewers that only one side of the scientific debate would be represented.

Only giving one side of a debate is neither fair nor balanced. Still, it did irritate a climatologist into putting an neat bullet into GW:

"The American people are being hoodwinked not just by the green activists, but by the scientists who get billions of dollars for creating global climate models that can't even forecast backward, let along forward," said Dennis Avery of the Hudson Institute's Center for Global Food Issues

"We are in our third warming in recorded human history. We had the Roman warming and the Romans thrived," Avery said. The second warming was during the medieval period, when "most of the castles and cathedrals of Europe were constructed ... because there was more food and thus more people and more labor."

So:

a) The GW climate models don't pass muster (to do so, you'd have to run them using data up to, say 1990, and then show that their predictions matched exactly what's happened since).

b) GW has been around for much longer than industrialization, and

c) It's good for humanity.

I'm looking forward to Fox screening this rebuttal, but not holding my breath.