Monday, January 28, 2008

Disconsensus

Climate Debate Daily is a consolidator website for articles on both sides of the AGW debate. On first inspection, what turns out to be most interesting is not the gulf that divides, but rather the seamless scientific consensus uniting all right thinking people. I learned that:

Antarctic sea ice has shrunk and expanded. Thankfully, that expansion does not constitute charging off in the wrong direction as the uconcensused would mistakenly conclude; rather it is "... broadly consistent with what the climate models predict." Antarctic sea ice isn't going the wrong way; rather, "[it is] well behind what the models project ..." Thereby, of course, confirming those models.

2007 was the warmest year on record. However, poor 2007 must have been a busy, busy year, because it was also tied with 1998 for the second warmest year in a century But wait, there's more, because 2007 is also the seventh warmest year since record keeping began. And the fifth. Apparently, so long as 2007's ordinal is a prime number, it is broadly consistent with climate models.

2008 is forecast to be cooler than any of the last seven years, which must be broadly consistent with an irrevocable 90 years of warming ahead of us.

Global warming bears some responsibility for last years massive fires in the US. Fire is apparently broadly consistent with the doubling likelihood of floods over the next 100 years.

The consensus is even more striking in other areas. Completely consistent with climate models, denying climate change is comparable with the 19th-century racist denial of the need to abolish slavery and climate change deniers cause even more damage in terms of racism and relations between peoples than do Holocaust deniers.

Finally, I learned that the unconsensused don't think CO2 is anything to worry about; unfortunately for the poor deluded dears, "beyond this, their views are not always consistent...

3 Comments:

Blogger Duck said...

I'm glad that's settled.

January 30, 2008 4:55 AM  
Blogger Duck said...

Now we can concentrate on other pressing concerns.

January 30, 2008 4:58 AM  
Blogger lonbud said...

This guy walks into a bar and asks a climate model for a date...

January 30, 2008 8:02 AM  

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