The fact that Marc Morano doesn’t present a synthesis view of the science of global warming will come as no surprise to my regular readers or anyone who knows of him. Morano grasps at anything that might (but frequently doesn’t) cast any doubt whatsoever on global warming, regardless of whether it contradicts other points he has previously pushed.
As we have discussed earlier this lack of synthesis is a sure fire way to identify deniers. Of course we already knew that Marc Morano was a denier, but his latest rants focus a bright light on the depth of his self-contradictions.
The latest global averaged satellite temperature data for June 2009 reveals yet another drop in the Earth’s temperature. This… means [that] despite his dire warnings, the Earth has cooled .74°F since former Vice President Al Gore released “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006… Gore — who is fond of saying the Earth has a “fever” — has not yet addressed the simple fact that global temperatures have dropped since the release of his global warming film.
Now Gore, may or may not have addressed this ‘fact’ (I don’t keep close tabs on Gore, I prefer to get my science from scientists not politicians), but just a couple of months ago there was a paper in Geophysical Research Letters that directly addressed this issue.
But as difficult as it may be lets ignore these errors from Morano and move on. His next rant features the shocking admission from Gavin Schmidt (of RealClimate fame) that climate models can’t predict weather.
Another government scientist — NASA climate modeler Gavin Schmidt — admitted last week that the “chaotic component of climate system [aka weather]…is not predictable beyond two weeks, even theoretically.”…
Schmidt made this admission during a recent interview. Read the whole thing, it really is quite interesting.
So did you spot Morano’s self-contradiction?
That’s right, in one breath Morano claims that a short term cooling of global temperatures somehow invalidates climate models and casts doubt on global warming, and then in the next breath admits that climate models can’t predict short term temperature trends with any confidence, and therefore can’t be invalidated by any short term cooling of global temperatures, and thus no doubt is cast on global warming.
Denialist cake is the best, the more you eat it, the more of it you have!
UPDATE: Looks like Morano is still reading this site, he just called me a ‘climate fear promoter’ and sent a bunch of traffic to my site. Thanks! That is what I get for accepting the conclusions of every single scientific body of national or international standing.
I guess he prefers to pick on the small fish (me) rather than the big dogs (climatologists) who will really tear his arguments apart. That’s alright, Morano’s arguments are so boneheaded that it doesn’t take much to trash them! Even I can do it.