The foolishness continues.. . . June 23, 2006Posted by Administrator in Blogging, Family, Global Warming, Sports.
. . .while I was at camp (more on that later, I trust). In the wacky world of sports, both teams I rooted for in NBA and NHL Finals lost (the Mavericks and Oilers, respectively). Then I haven't even really gone home, as I drop my son at a surprise birthday party (and he fell for it lock, stock and barrel. We completely snookered him. Had NO IDEA it was coming. It was great. It's on film. I hope to have clips later). . . and I see an article on the front page again decrying the horrors of global warming. Kos has the usual idiot round up.
The NAS report is in.
The academy had been asked to report to Congress on how researchers drew conclusions about the Earth's climate going back thousands of years, before data was available from modern scientific instruments. The academy convened a panel of 12 climate experts, chaired by Gerald North, a geosciences professor at Texas A&M University, to look at the "proxy" evidence before then, such as tree rings, corals, marine and lake sediments, ice cores, boreholes and glaciers.
Combining that information gave the panel "a high level of confidence that the last few decades of the 20th century were warmer than any comparable period in the last 400 years," the panel wrote. It said the "recent warmth is unprecedented for at least the last 400 years and potentially the last several millennia," though it was relatively warm around the year 1000 followed by a "Little Ice Age" from about 1500 to 1850.
… it considered the evidence reliable enough to conclude there were sharp spikes in carbon dioxide and methane, the two major "greenhouse" gases blamed for trapping heat in the atmosphere, beginning in the 20th century, after remaining fairly level for 12,000 years.
In response to the findings, Boehlert responded remarkably sanely, for a Republican.
"This report shows the value of Congress handling scientific disputes by asking scientists to give us guidance," Boehlert said Thursday. "There is nothing in this report that should raise any doubts about the broad scientific consensus on global climate change." (the italics are mine)
Consensus. Scientific consensus on global warming. WHO CARES????? It is meaningless, and what is worse is that the fools babbling this stuff know it's meaningless. They are engaged in wild-ass guessing.
recent warmth is unprecedented for at least the last 400 years and potentially the last several millennia. . .
It is of course, potentially possible that phrenology and trepanning are valid scientific pursuits. Potentialities are meaningless in terms of valuable scientific "truths", particularly when said truths are being bandied about as a means of managing billions of dollars in human commerce.
Where will it end?
Plus ca change, plus c'e la meme chose.