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The Sciences

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitJune 2, 2010 4:30 PM

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I rather like this idea: the Climate Denial Crock of the Week, a video series debunking ridiculous (natch) claims by someone spinning the truth when it comes to climate change. I don't agree with everything therein; you can't judge a site by its ads, for one thing. But he does a good dismantling of the claim that Phil Jones -- a climatologist at the University of East Anglia, and a man who was at the center of the bogus "climategate" nonsense -- says there's been no warming since 1995. That claim is nothing less than an outright lie, a cherry-picked quotation taken out of context and basically the opposite of what Jones actually said. This video is just one of many, and I'll have to go through them all as I have time. Every time I post something on climate change, the noise machine swings into full mania, with comments that show beyond a doubt that a lot of people have no clue what they're talking about, but still feel that scientists who have devoted their entire lives and careers to climatology are idiots. That is, sadly, the state of the "debate" today.

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