Monday, November 12, 2007

Rush Limbaugh Falls For Global Warming Debunking Hoax

For a few hours on Wednesday, Nov. 7th, the far Right's leading climate change deniers and internet pals thought they'd found the mother lode: as the New York Times put it, a "scientific paper" was said to have emerged that proved global warming to be a natural, rather than a human-induced phenomenon .

The Right was overjoyed. Al Gore was gonna go down!

Mother lode?

According to a good summary posted at Daily Kos, Limbaugh rushed in to find only fool's gold.

The hoaxer had his motives, laid out on his website here.


Anonymous said...

Limbaugh did in fact fall for a hoax.

You do that every day, usuall more than once every day.

The planet may very well be warming and there is nothing you can do about it and humankind did even less than that to cause it.

The earth [she] has been going through these cycles for millions of years - and James - I don't hold you responsible. Take a day off - relax.

Margie said...

Yeah, James, relax. There is a big question as to the credentials of the advisers to Al Gore, but no question about the other side.
More than 17,100 basic and applied American scientists, two-thirds with advanced degrees, have signed the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine's Global Warming Petition, which says in part, "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate."

James Rowen said...

The overwhelming consensus of reputable scientists worldwide finds that human activity contributes to a rising global temperature - - a vetted conclusion dismissed by the organization sponsoring the petition cited in the comment section.

Anyone can sign a petition. Anyone can sign an online poll. It doesn't necessarily mean much; the movement to debunk global warming and climate change has a big-business, jingoistic, talk radio underpinning that more and more has a flat-earth feel to it.

The organization sponsoring the petition that is cited in the previous comment, according to its website, has six employees in a 7,000-sq.-foot lab.

The UN reports on this entire matter - - and I am betting that our comment writers have little use for the UN - - have been written by US and international teams over a period of years.

There are huge, vested interests in this country that need us to buy and burn petroleum - - oil, trucking, auto, highway, housing- -but as the price of a barrel of oil rises, demand will fall. Or availability, and though it may be too late to ward off the consequences of global warming - - Arctic cap and sea ice melt, rising sea levels and fast melt-off of mountain drinking water supplies - - some of these consequences might be mitigated/

But only if we look past the climate change deniers and adopt good science and common sense personal practices, and public conservation.

Anonymous said...

basic and applied American scientists

Here's one of the signatories. Does he qualify under "basic" or "applied?"

James Rowen said...

Excellent work, Gnarlytrombone!