Alex Blaze

Quoting current climate change research FAIL

Filed By Alex Blaze | February 17, 2009 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: climate change, George Will, Global Warming, research, science, university of illinois, Washington Post

From the actual University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center, here comes a blog post showing that George Will knows as much about global warming as he does about the Prop 8 lawsuits or the Great Depression or independent voters or America's economic structure....

In an opinion piece by George Will published on February 15, 2009 in the Washington Post, George Will states "According to the University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center, global sea ice levels now equal those of 1979."

We do not know where George Will is getting his information, but our data shows that on February 15, 1979, global sea ice area was 16.79 million sq. km and on February 15, 2009, global sea ice area was 15.45 million sq. km. Therefore, global sea ice levels are 1.34 million sq. km less in February 2009 than in February 1979. This decrease in sea ice area is roughly equal to the area of Texas, California, and Oklahoma combined.

It is disturbing that the Washington Post would publish such information without first checking the facts.

It's good that at least every now and then someone calls that pathological liar out.

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Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | February 17, 2009 1:54 PM

Will makes a valid general point that there have been times when predictions in science and other fields has proven significantly wrong, and that a healthy dose of skepticism should remain in order. But concerning climate change he seem to rely excessively on the fact that back in the 1970's Newsweek and perhaps others were predicting global cooling and maybe another Ice Age within a few decades. He points to that and says they were wrong then so how do we know they aren't wrong now. But I understand that the "they" in the 1970's were far from a majority consensus; to the contrary the weight of scientific opinion appeared not to be onboard with frosty gloom and doom. Contrast that to the majority consensus this time around on global warming. At least as to observed phenomena.....human casuality still seems a bit less certain.

We all know how much Alex loves George Will...