Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Climate Alarmism?

The subject of environmentalism is highly popular today with most parents and educators. While our family appreciates the wonders of nature and revels in the amazing variety of animals of the world,  I have mostly avoided exposing our kids to the current earth-friendly trend. I do this both because I think it is alarmist and likely based on bad science and also I find the messages of the movement are not child-friendly or age appropriate for my youngsters.  

Based on my point of view, I really enjoyed this editorial forward to me from Forbes magazine. Let me know what you think. 

(Disclaimer: I really enjoyed and agreed with this piece.  I know next to nothing about either Larry Bell or Forbes and didn't do any research to find if either the writer or the mag are in line with my general philosophy of life.)

The Bell Tells for You
Hot Sensations Vs. Cold Facts
Larry Bell, 12.27.10, 10:00 AM ET

As 2010 draws to a close, do you remember hearing any good news from the mainstream media about climate? Like maybe a headline proclaiming "Record Low 2009 and 2010 Cyclonic Activity Reported: Global Warming Theorists Perplexed"? Or "NASA Studies Report Oceans Entering New Cooling Phase: Alarmists Fear Climate Science Budgets in Peril"? Or even anything bad that isn't blamed on anthropogenic (man-made) global warming--of course other than what is attributed to George W. Bush? (Conveniently, the term "AGW" covers both.)
Remember all the media brouhaha about global warming causing hurricanes that commenced following the devastating U.S. 2004 season? Opportunities to capitalize on those disasters were certainly not lost on some U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change officials. A special press conference called by IPCC spokesman Kevin Trenberth announced "Experts warn global warming likely to continue spurring more outbreaks of intense activity."

... read the rest of the article here.

(edited 12-29: Hubby informs me it is bad netiquette to post the whole text of an article to my blog - copy write issues and such - so I've deleted all but the first paragraph and added a link to the editorial).


Andy Revkin said...

Here's my reply, also posted at forbes.com:


Forbes is usually better than this: Larry Bell blasts wildly at "hoax" promulgators on climate: http://j.mp/ForbOops My reply: Mr. Bell is shooting wildly without checking facts - a common habit at the edges of discourse on climate and energy, sadly.

Almost every one of the elements that the alarmist media supposedly ignored has been described in my New York Times Dot Earth blog and in my earlier print coverage for the paper and such alarmist publications as AARP's magazine -- including the persistent questions about the pace of Greenland ice loss and sea-level rise, the reality that hurricane strength is not a simple function of ocean warming, the conflation of garden-variety climate hazard with warming impacts, the overstatements of certainty on the causes and consequences of climate change.

(A good starting point would be my 2006 article, "Yelling Fire on a Hot Planet": http://j.mp/HotPlanet )

On my 2006 book, there's nothing in that phrase about open water that is implicitly scary. In fact, it's already nearly impossible to visit the sea ice at the North Pole after March or so. How do I know? I've been there:

I encourage Cox to get out a bit more, and to improve his aim.

Those interested in the reality between the shouts of "hoax" and "catastrophe" might visit my 2007 article on the well-established basics:

Dea-chan said...

Wow, I guess I finally found a way to close the tab for your blog. I found your blog due to your husband's webcomic, and I've found it entertaining, but if our thoughts diverge so greatly as to what we honestly believe is happening... it'll just upset me to keep reading your blog.

I have no intention of flaming or trying to fight out our current beliefs -- I just felt that since I had been reading your blog since your birthday, I owed you a goodbye.

Sara said...

@ Dea-Chan, Thanks for staying while you did. I sure appreciate people's reading and support and am glad to hear you found my blog entertaining.

It is a stretch for me to speak up for what I really think because I've always feared upsetting people. Your leaving offers me to opportunity to experience to speak up, lose a connection with someone and still be okay with the world.