Thursday, August 21, 2008

Myron on Tour

Is anyone still paying this guy to be listened to?

Apparently so.

I had cherished the brief hope that Myron had finally retired to some palm leaf shack on the coast of Louisiana where he was shortly going to be washed into the sea by the next hurricane. There hadn't been many updates on his employee page (now devoid of a mugshot), and it was always possible that his official employer, the self-described CEI Institute, was withering down into its final smear of excrement, occasionally lashing out with a cringeworthy annual dinner speech by its founder Fred Smith railing on about "liberal fascism" to an audience of six too shy to appear in the picture.

Of course, they have their extensive list of "experts" -- all of whom are senior directors of some sort, and they're never going to delete the names, because it makes them appear inflated and impressive to idiotic, shallow-minded reporters who keep calling them up for a little cup of sadness that we so need on our way to our eventual self-extermination.

So I was very disappointed to discover today that Myron Ebell has been invited to various events to peddle his pathetic power-point presentation of piddling pop-dogs over the last twelve months.

These include:There's certainly a few more dates where the organizers haven't posted up a copy of his drivel onto the internet in a way that can be found by a search engine.

Roughly, the presentation breaks down into the following sections, all if which are jam-packed with lies from start to finish.

Where is the CEI coming from?
"We are non-profit, non-partisan [yeah, right]... We believe that scientific objectivity must be scrupulously respected, regardless of our political preferences."

Some bogus graphs and statistics
These include selective temperature time series at single points on earth to refute the issue of GLOBAL warming.

Also includes arguments about how the targets for cutting emissions are unobtainable and how Kyoto has failed -- thanks in part to the irreversible work by him and his pals over the last 20 years.

Some bashing of European policy, and statements that emissions have only been reduced in countries who have undergone an economic collapse in the last 20 years, such as Poland, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom and Sweden. On the other hand, the US economic collapse is merely psychological.

We're glad it is. You just keep right on going.

Some selected experts
Richard S J Tol is apparently "one of the world's leading environmental economists", not just a man with silly hair who feels spiteful because other economists are not picking up on his theory of arbitrary discounting horizons.

Professor William Nordhaus has the conclusions of his multi-trillion dollar back-of-the-envelope calculations reversed in every statement by Myron.

It's always the same dudes. The Climate covered their misquoted statements in an earlier post about Ebell's testimony before Congress. These are tried and tested false witnesses who don't seem to sue Myron for misquoting them, so he will carry on with it.

Americans like hot climates and air-conditioners
Yeah, and they also like eating tonnes of fat and sugar and not exercising, and looking like walking haggises.

"Studies show that cold weather kills approximately ten times as many people as hot weather -- thus global warming will result in lower net human mortality"!!!

I'm getting sick of this one. And the one about it's evil to cut down on American energy use because that stops over 2 billion of the poorest people in the world from ever getting access to electricity.

Concluded conclusions
What we can do now about global warming is:
  • Take advantage of the benefits

  • Adapt -- deal with the impacts

  • Build resiliency

  • Geo- and bio-engineering engineering

  • Lots of Nuclear power

  • Wait for new technologies
And anyway, all the predictions (which so far have been absolutely correct within the stated margin of error -- yes I'm talking to you, Iain Murray, you bonehead, with your stupid video podcast claim that the IPCC has been revising down its climate projections, when in fact they've been narrowing the uncertainty range, and you're highlighting the top of that range.)

... are bogus, and you should "forget about trying to accommodate your industry to cap-and-trade," and "instead oppose attempts to limit burning oil, and instead create energy abundance and relieve poverty" because "access to affordable energy enhances the quality and extends the duration of human life."

And anyway we'll all be 50 times wealthier by the next century if we stick with our god-given economic policies that result in a god-given right to a 4% growth in GDP per year every year.

Even better news is that, by this logic, people will be a hundred million billion times better off than they are now in a thousand years. We will be gods. Don't know how, but the economic predictions say it's so. Now lets get back to criticising real scientists' predictions based on actual thermodynamic qualities of the various atmospheric chemicals.

So it goes, on and on and on, like a relentless chicken. Make it stop, please.


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