Sunday, March 16, 2008

Pass it on



Watch S. Fred play telephone. You know, the game they learned at the N3xus6 School of Denial in Lesson Two, (excerpt to the right), where you get a bunch of denialists in at a conference sponsored by the Heartland Institute and they start makin' it up and then in Lesson Three, they start passin' it on.

Anyhoo, ol' S. Fred's little magnum opus, the Nonsensical Summary for Bad Climate Policy considers whether CO2 concentrations have been rising, and who are his go to guys for makin it up, why our friend

Zbigniew Jaworowski [1994, 1992] has repeatedly pointed to the unreliability of ice-core data to establish pre-1958 CO2 concentrations, thus creating doubt about the magnitude of the human contribution to the current atmospheric CO2 concentration.
The boojum and his slithy toves tore this apart, and for those who do not enjoy gray-green secretions on the floor, Hans Oeschger did the honors in Environmental Science & Pollution Research 2 (1) 1995, pp. 60-61 as did and so did Eli a bit, on the way to ripping a new one for S. Fred's other telephone partner
Ernst-Georg Beck, by assembling more than 90,000 pre-1958 measurements of atmospheric CO2 dating back to the nineteenth century, has shown rather large variations, including a major increase roughly coincident with a rise in ocean temperatures from 1920 to 1940 [Beck 2007].
Of course, Real Climate took Beck to the future, as the bunny had yet earlier. But we also get to watch the concern drip from the jaws of our concern troll

Others have disputed the significance of these measurements; the issue has not yet been fully resolved.
Lewis Carroll had it right
And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back
No better explanation gives of why vorpal blades are needed to finish off the Climate Jabberwocks and the difference between a telephone book (the
Nonsensical Summary for Bad Climate Policy) and the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, an expert critical review.

3 comments:

John Mashey said...

This post is clearly suspicious.
Rabett has gotten carried away with mythological beasts.

A snark-hunter might encounter a boojum, but where did the latter acquire his slithy toves? I can find no evidence in Carroll for that correlation. Aha! This error must mean that AGW is a myuth. :-)

cce said...

Doesn't Singer's "Unstoppable Global Warming" depend on the accuracy of the ice cores?

Anonymous said...

John Mashey:

But don't you know that one of the most important things to come out of the Nonsensical Summary is that lack of correlation is causation!

Best,
John Cross