Global Whoops-ing All Too True
I don’t prattle all that much about Global Warming either way. In general, “settled consensus” in science is one of my bigger sources of amusement no matter what the topic. Even if there’s truth to the fact that temperatures are steadily growing over recent times, the “settled consensus” can’t seem to really explain how greenhouse gasses are the only explanation. I’ve tended to see “SC” (tired of typing it) as a way to stop someone from doing something you don’t like.
Several researchers have found that the measurements of temperatures in the AGW record that showed temperature increases mainly came from land development and urbanization, not from actual temperature increases. They have made their findings public through peer-reviewed studies that come at a very bad time for the IPCC and AGW advocates
This doesn’t surprise me much. Go to the Smithsonian Natural History museum some time and see how much correcting they’re doing on the “missing link” fossil messages. I’m not arguing the position, I’m arguing that we know all we can, and any action based on the fact that anything is absolute truth in science is bound to look really foolish later on. Go ask Gallileo, or Einstein, or well, pretty much anyone else.
Fister’s first rule of strategy: Repeat the point until the repeat it back, then move to your next point.
Congratulations to proponenets of Global Warming for getting the above right. They’ve repeated the point so often, that it’s completely settled in the minds of people who don’t actually understand the data and what it means. (If you want to understand it, by the way…) Therefore, it can be used as a convenient tool to roll back emissions standards, save polar bears, make better chewing gum, whatever. The problem comes if the “SC” suddenly goes away. All those other things that you based on “SC” suddenly lose all momentum. Strategy is only as good as its baseline, so be careful what you wish for.
One other good link for the day… go read Mark Steyn’s take on the Audi Super Bowl commercial and it’s comparative impacts in other areas. Happy Sunday, and have a good Monday off. I will.