Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Hurrah for Lurgee's Paradigm?

For jollies, I did a search for 'fifteen years statistical warming,' and was delighted to find the following gross violations of Lurgee's Paradigm VIII:
  • "This, despite recent grudging admissions from others in the alarmist camp that no statistically significant warming has actually occurred over the past 15 years." Courtesy of Terry O'Neill in The Province (1).
  • "Last month, for instance, Phil Jones, the British climate professor at the heart of the "Climategate" email scandal, told the BBC there had been no significant warming since 1995. He insisted the warming since then had been almost significant. And he added that the warming from 1979 to today had been statistically significant at a 95% confidence level. But the important admission in his interview was that for the past 15 years there has been only a slight warming, within the margin of statistical error." Courtesy of Lorne Gunter in the Edmonton Journal (2).
  • "... it was recently reported in the Wall Street Journal that “Mr. Jones told the BBC there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming over the past 15 years, though he considers this to be temporary.” ... These developments highlight the fact that the science being used to underpin government policy aimed at cooling the planet, or at least attempting to mitigate the effects of global warming, is much less settled than many have been led to believe." Courtesy of John Clinkard, Reed Construction Data (3).
That will do, I think. There were others.

When I did the google search, it seemed amusing. Having seen the results of it, suddenly I'm a lot less entertained. The proof that there are so many people out there either not thinking, or pretending not to think, is depressing.
1 - "Up with trees, down with humans," by Terry O'Neill. Published in the National Post, 10th of March, 2010 and reproduced in The Province. (http://www.theprovince.com/technology/with+trees+down+with+humans/2659940/story.html)
2 - "Global Warming: Gore vs Gunter," by Lorne Gunter. Published in the Edmonton Journal, 9th of March, 2010. (http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Global+Warming+Gore+Gunter/2653334/story.html)
3 - "‘Climategate’ has taken much of the heat out of global warming argument," by John Clinkard. Published on the Reed Construction Data New Index, 15th of March, 2010. (http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/news/2010/03/climategate-has-taken-much-of-the-heat-out-of-global-warming-argument/)

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