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December 09, 2009

CONSENSUS WATCH – 12/09/2009

An ongoing series dedicated to vigorously monitoring emerging threats to The Consensus that global warming is real, caused by humans, and must be addressed at all costs.

Because without strictly enforced scientific consensus, public policy would be driven by the public.

This week’s move by the Environmental Protection Agency to classify CO2 and other greenhouse gasses as pollutants under the Clean Air Act allows President Obama to skip democratic processes and that whole annoying “seeking the consent of the governed” thing (which frankly can be rather time consuming) and make some real progress on the Consensus by simple decree.

This is critically important as the “hockey stick” graph which supported the theory that global temperatures were rapidly rising due to increasing concentrations of atmospheric CO2 has started to look a little flat.

And let’s be honest, no one is going to reorder the world’s economy based on a “pool stick” graph.

Famous Pool Stick Graph

We’re also fortunate to have the always refined and erudite Al Gore around to gently question critics, much in the manner of Socrates, as he did in an interview yesterday with Slate:

“What in the hell do they think is causing it?”

Elsewhere, Mr. Gore noted that the emails from East Anglia’s CRU that have been causing so much controversy were “taken out of context.”

There is no question that this is the case. For example, when you read that on November 16, 1999, Phil Jones emailed the climate group about his efforts to “hide the decline,” that sounds pretty incriminating on its face, but the email is taken completely out of context and before you jump to any conclusions, consider this email sent the day before:

From: Phil Jones <p.jones@xxxxxxxxx.xxx>

To: ray bradley <rbradley@xxxxxxxxx.xxx>
Subject: Diagram for WMO Statement
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 1999 11:23:10
Cc: k.briffa@xxxxxxxxx.xxx,t.osborn@xxxxxxxxx.xxx


Hey guys, check this out: I’m going to completely punk Mann and Hughes, okay? So play along.  The email I send tomorrow is going to have something about “hiding the decline,” like I’m trying to manipulate the data or something. Those guys are so going to freak!!  I’m thinking of adding something about “Mike’s nature trick.”  Too much you think?  I don’t want to give it away by being too obvious.

This is going to be so awesome!!

Cheers

Phil

Now that it’s been placed in the proper context it takes on a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?

Al Gore also said today of the Consensus,

"It's a principle in physics. It's like gravity. It exists."

Exactly. It’s just like the physics of gravity:

F=Gm1m2/d2

Except we don’t know the value of “G,” Newton won’t release how he got to “d,” “m1” was deleted and no one can find  “m2.”

But, hey, let’s not get all caught up in a highly technical scientific discussion.  Look!  Someone has to save this girl!

Clearly now is not the time to have an “honest and broad scientific debate on the basic science of CO2 ’s influence on global temperature.”

As Al Gore might say:

“What in the hell does that have to do with The Consensus?”

J.

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You know what this blog needs? Trolls.

You don't have any trolls, so I'm going to lend you one of mine. In response to a Climategate post on FB:

"Why do people of the right wing want to fight the facts that GLOBAL WARMING IS NOT A THEORY IT IS FACT! I suppose Michael thinks that Evolution is theory too, or the Earth being round, Maybe he thinks we faked the Lunar Modules landing. LOL !"

You're welcome.

Posted by: Michael | Dec 10, 2009 9:55:51 PM

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