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Environment

It Hates Us, Precioussssss

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyOctober 4, 2007 8:56 PM

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From conservative science writer Michael Fumento we note the following series of compliments and high praises:

Chris Mooney is a left-wing writer who specializes in injecting politics into practically any scientific subject you can name. Mooney could make a case that there would be no cavities but for conservatives and the GOP. His latest book is called Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming. But as Steve McIntyre, the guy who put egg all over the face of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies for overstating U.S. global warming, notes and shows in charts: "At this point, despite a couple of intense hurricanes, 2007 is even quieter thus far than 2006." ....As to Mooney, is it really fair to say a mere two-year stretch undercuts his position? Why not? Despite any statistics he may have to twist, er, offer, the fact is his book is essentially based on just one year, 2005. In fact, but for just two storms - Katrina and Rita - neither his propaganda nor the entire massive push to either blame both recent and future hurricanes on global warming wouldn't exist.

I really like the part about cavities. Hmm...is the GOP anti-fluoridation? Seriously, though: As I explain in my latest "Storm Pundit" column, McIntyre is looking at the 2007 season using one set of metrics--storm days, hurricane days, and accumulated cyclone energy--according to which it has been quiet out there. But other metrics suggest the year is just above average. It's all about how you slice and dice the data. In any event, there's no place for comments on Fumento's blog that I can see....so feel free to leave your comments here instead.

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