Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Anthro-centric global scare-mongering, IX

Is the science accurate or isn't it? This AP article claims that it is:
The former vice president's movie ["An Inconvenient Truth"] ... mostly got the science right, said all 19 climate scientists who had seen the movie or read the book and answered questions from The Associated Press.

First thing I wondered was, what book? Is AP talking about "Earth in the Balance"? Then I looked it up on Amazon and found that, yes, there's a companion book with the same title as the movie. I was amused that the Amazon "Best Value" deal for this book didn't pair it up with EITB, but with "The World is Flat".

But putting aside all that, here's another report, this time from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:
In the interest of full disclosure, the AP should release the names of the “more than 100 top climate researchers” they attempted to contact to review “An Inconvenient Truth.” AP should also name all 19 scientists who gave Gore “five stars for accuracy.” AP claims 19 scientists viewed Gore’s movie, but it only quotes five of them in its article. AP should also release the names of the so-called scientific “skeptics” they claim to have contacted.

This, of course, sounds like a political screed. But to me "An Inconvenient Truth" is a political screed.

Someday there's going to have to be a decision made as to whether we're going to actually find out what's causing the current warming trend. Is North America absorbing more CO2 than it produces? Are we overdue for an ice age?


Anonymous said...

You expect far too much from the press. They can't help themselves you know. It's an illness...

Steve Erbach said...


It isn't so much expectations – you're entirely wrong in believing I expect anything from the press – as bemusement with the contrast between the AP story and the Senate committee pronouncement.

I've decided: I can't stand a one of them, politicians or the press.

Steve Erbach
The Town Crank