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    Networks Embrace ‘Catastrophic’ Warnings of Latest IPCC Report
    ABC swipes at skeptics, while CBS airs ‘irresponsible’ claim about temperatures rising 212 degrees.
    Published: 10/2/2013 1:16 PM ET
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    The UN’s climate panel (IPCC) released its latest warning about "catastrophic" climate change on Sept. 27, garnering the frantic attention of all three broadcast networks that night. CBS even aired a claim about temperatures rising “more than 200 degrees."

    Predictably, the evening news shows on ABC, CBS and NBC Sept. 27 repeated the IPCC’s dire warnings without including any skeptics and without mentioning past failures such as their inability to accurately predict warming or sea level rise.

    ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer,” NBC “Nightly News” and CBS “Evening News” all failed to include criticism of the IPCC with the exception of a swipe against “skeptics” on ABC. NBC continued to link weather events like Hurricane Sandy to climate change while CBS aired a statistic that one scientist called “meaningless.”

    With the words “big warning” onscreen, ABC announced the “landmark” report from “top scientists.” Dan Harris went on to mention weather events including “superstorm Sandy,” and ominously warned that the “UN report says we will be seeing much more of these kinds of things in the coming decades as a result of climate change ...” Of course, that’s what the IPCC has been saying for years.

    Harris acknowledged the existence of other viewpoints, but immediately tore them down saying, “skeptics have predictably accused the UN panel of being alarmist, but Princeton climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer, who is on the panel, says this is a major wake up call.” Yet Oppenheimer himself has been accused of activist junk science by other scientists, according to meteorologist Anthony Watts’ website. Harris didn’t happen to mention that.

    “Evening News” took a different tack, airing a story about oyster farming and complaints that climate change is ruining a man’s business. But in Ben Tracy’s story, which mentioned the IPCC’s latest report, he said that oceans have absorbed much of the heat caused by CO2 and that ocean temperatures have risen only slightly. Then he made a claim that Principal Research Scientist Dr. Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama in Huntsville called “totally misleading and irresponsible.”

    “Had all that heat gone into the atmosphere, air temperatures could have risen by more than 200 degrees [showed 212 degrees onscreen],” Tracy warned.
    Being that dumb should hurt. Just reading the dumbness hurt me.

    We have looked at the IPCC's report because it's our biz. Imagine if you decided to issue a report on fat kids. You identified some fat kids, you looked at what brands of cereal the fat kids ate, and you carefully monitored the favorite TV programs of fat kids. From that, you scrupulously ignored how many calories all the fat kids ate compared to a similar normal kid control group. Your report blames Frosted Mini-Wheats for childhood obesity and strongly suggests that Dora The Explorer is a contributing factor. You also claim that it's impossible to attribute fatness to calories since large number of poor children are fat and calories are inversely related to wealth. Then you add some graphs.

    Jesus wept.

    MRC
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

  • #2
    Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Being that dumb should hurt. Just reading the dumbness hurt me.

    We have looked at the IPCC's report because it's our biz. Imagine if you decided to issue a report on fat kids. You identified some fat kids, you looked at what brands of cereal the fat kids ate, and you carefully monitored the favorite TV programs of fat kids. From that, you scrupulously ignored how many calories all the fat kids ate compared to a similar normal kid control group. Your report blames Frosted Mini-Wheats for childhood obesity and strongly suggests that Dora The Explorer is a contributing factor. You also claim that it's impossible to attribute fatness to calories since large number of poor children are fat and calories are inversely related to wealth. Then you add some graphs.

    Jesus wept.

    MRC
    Fat kids drink more water than skinny kids. Therefore water makes you fat.

    All proven by computer models written by people that have neither training in computers nor expertise in statistics. Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia is a Hydrologist.
    "Faith is nothing but a firm assent of the mind : which, if it be regulated, as is our duty, cannot be afforded to anything but upon good reason, and so cannot be opposite to it."

    -John Locke

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    • #3
      Originally posted by scott View Post
      Fat kids drink more water than skinny kids. Therefore water makes you fat.

      All proven by computer models written by people that have neither training in computers nor expertise in statistics. Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia is a Hydrologist.
      It's about as logical.
      "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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      • #4
        I love how Climatology is some sort of special science where one can only be credentialled if they accept the premise of AGW, but then they use complicated disciplines from other sciences like data management and statistics without any experience nor education at all.

        I still remember the lawyer telling me that statistics was just common sense and "anyone with a computer can write a program" while claiming that it took a "degree in Climatology" to interpret temperature data.
        "Faith is nothing but a firm assent of the mind : which, if it be regulated, as is our duty, cannot be afforded to anything but upon good reason, and so cannot be opposite to it."

        -John Locke

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