Thursday, March 23, 2006

Fairness and accuracy in Myron

A chance read of an article about how the few remaining climate observations that did not fit the climate models (models which based on the laws of thermodynamics that are known to be true) were corrected, and how these had been the final crumbs of comfort for scientific deniers such as Myron Ebell, lead me to look into it further.

The main set of data was the temperature measurements read by satellites that had appeared to show no warming of the air during a period of obvious warming of the earth.

Aha! said Ebell. Even if all the world's glaciers melt and flow into the sea, I'm going to say that if your satellites measure a cooling in that part of the atmosphere, then there is no global warming anywhere!

Turns out that the satellites were taking their measurements at 5pm local time instead of 2pm, and there was a consistent warming trend present in the data if you account for the correct time of day. Time is quite a tricky thing for things in space, and mistakes are made.

Myron's talent for lying is such that he can pick out which are the false facts years before they have been proven false.

I analysed his writings.

He reports semi-truthfully on the reassesment of the tropospheric satellite data on: May 15, 2003, August 12, 2003, March 17, 2004, and August 4, 2004. He comments on the reassesment of the weather balloon data, which had falsely confirmed the false data because of their sun shielding problems, on: March 31, 2004, September 5, 2003, September 24, 2003, December 3, 2003, and August 4, 2004.

And then it all stopped. Presumably that's the point where the matter became settled, and since it involved nothing but facts, Myron couldn't say anything more about it.

Myron has noticeably shifted his attention on the problems of peak oil and the campaign to rip up 90% of our remaining wilderness for the last 2% of available oil once the main fields have been depleted. As usual, he's lying a lot about how there is so much oil underneath this wilderness that if his employers, Exxon, could only get it, all our problems will be solved (apart from the global warming problem, but we don't talk about that any more).

His children will have a much to thank him for. Not only will he have helped to wreck the climate in the atmosphere, he'll have helped wreck the landscape and the life that stands on it as well.

Thanks, Myron. You're a credit to Republicanism.


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