British Study Declares: Shut Up!

By October 29, 2006Global Warming

Yesterday we speculated about the news coverage of a new British study that claims global warming will cause a catastrophic economic catastrophe. Catastrophically speaking. Would there be a balanced examination of the study, including reporting of those who question its methods, assumptions and conclusions?

Wearily, we laugh.

LONDON Global warming is now a reality and the debate about its existence is over, Britain’s environment minister said Sunday, before the release of a report on the economic cost of climate change.

Environment Secretary David Miliband said international action was needed to curb the emission of greenhouse gases that scientists say are warming the planet.

“I think that the scientific debate has now closed on global warming, and the popular debate is closing as well,” Miliband told Sky News television.

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  • Andrew Worth says:

    By your logic Bruce, resources can never be deleted, if someone claims that a resource is about to run out, they must be wrong if someone else has previously made the same claim.

  • C. Bruce Richardson Jr. says:

    It seems pretty presumptuous for someone to think that they have to right to declare that debate is closed on a particular subject. Why are they so hell bent on closing the debate anyway? If the science so strongly supports their position, they should be able to just lay it out for all to see without trickery, misrepresentation, or exaggeration.

    I think that substituting “global warming” for “anthropogenic global warming” is intentionally deceptive. It makes it appear that those folks (like me) to accept that there has been global warming also accept that humans are the primary cause of it. Humans could not be the cause of the general warming that melted the ice that covered large parts of what is now the United States. That warming began 12,000 years ago give or take. Or the more recent warming that began around 150 years ago that marked the end of the Little Ice Age. And humans will not be the cause of the cooling that has always followed warming either. Mr. Carter shouldn’t be required to “hop on board” unless he is convinced.

    I wonder how many of the same people who “hopped aboard,” as Mr. Munson put it, also did so when Paul Ehrlich declared “The battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970s the world will undergo famines…hundreds of millions of people (including Americans) are going to starve to death.” Or when he said “Before 1985, mankind will enter a genuine age of scarcity…in which the accessible supplies of many key minerals will be facing depletion.” Paul Ehrlich keeps writing books and people keep hopping aboard. Folks swallowed Mann’s “Hockey Stick” hook, line, and sinker. Now we find that there were serious problems with his methodology. The response? The Dan Rather defense: “even if the documents were forged, that doesn’t mean that they weren’t correct.”

    At some point you would think that folks would see the pattern. Why are we still so gullible?

  • cal Munson says:

    The debate IS closed Carter. Hop on board.

  • Michael Zak says:

    A trillion here, a trillion there. Pretty soon it adds up to real money.