Above: Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
Juliet Eilperin and David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post
Series of missteps by climate scientists threatens climate-change agenda
- There is still a scientific agenda to insist that humans are causing climate change, but errors1 in the 2007 U.N. Intergovernmental Panel report are helping conservatives to make climate change not be happening.
‘Shorter’ concept created by Daniel Davies and perfected by Elton Beard. We are aware of all Internet traditions.™
1 An ‘error’ here isn’t necessarily something that’s incorrect, but something that conservatives have declared to be improper, including typos and other such easily-corrected mistakes, but also faithful citations of perfectly relevant data that have been subject to that ancient rite of primate social cohesion that chimpanzees practice by thrashing branches and pant-hooting in unison, and that the online right practices by alleging dishonesty. E.g.:
Another line that has sparked scrutiny reads, “Up to 40 percent of the Amazonian forests could react drastically to even a slight reduction in precipitation,” and links to a report co-written by the World Wildlife Fund. The analysis cited key work by Woods Hole Research Center senior scientist Daniel C. Nepstad, but the link to an advocacy group instead of a peer-reviewed paper infuriated conservatives.
A better way of saying this is that conservatives alleged that the IPCC report was dishonest by alleging that a source it cited dishonestly portrayed some work of Nepstad’s. Except conservatives didn’t know what they were talking about, and were proven wrong in the most spectacular, ass-flaming way by experts including Nepstad himself — upon which they alleged that dishonesty was apparent in the flagrant pro-climate-alarmist bias shown by the IPCC in even linking to a pro-environmental NGO, especially with new allegations being raised as to the dishonesty of the Nepstad data, and so on, and whoop-de-doo, and chatter-chatter-blar-har, and an assortment of Don Martin sound effects including “Andy Capp Drinking Water By Mistake” (MAD #210, 10/79, p23), and “A Huge Extension-Arm-Launched Boxing Glove Hitting A Doctor In The Face” (MAD #70, 4/62, p10), the latter on some kind of infinitely repeating loop.
Oh sure, it would seem that the error-drilled Dunce of the Seven Fails quality of these right-wing attacks on reason and knowledge ought to be tripping some kind of carbon monoxide detector of irony for our journalistic corps — irony being a thing to them that can’t be seen, smelled, or otherwise perceived, like humor, but which like humor is known by them to harm the unwary.
Oh sure, it would seem so, and yet every morning I wake up and blink a couple of times and it’s like, “Wha? It’s that place again.” This place with the bearded-Spock Jonah and the talking pile of laundry sponsored by AssEffects — why am I always brought here?