Annals of Global Warming: It didn’t start with the hockey stick . . .

December 12, 2011

Peter Sinclair comes through with a good explanation of the history of concern about global warming — how the warming trend was discovered.

It wasn’t scientists trying to get government grants.  It was the U.S. Air Force, trying to beat the commies and keep America safe for democracy and, ironically, safe for dissent from such applications of science.


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Real history couldn’t be published as fiction, which is one way we can tell real history from the stuff that gets made up.  In the story told in this video, note carefully the serendipity of figuring out the CO2 issues:  Who could invent a story about warfare leading to the discovery of global warming?  As with the coincidence of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both dying on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, no editor of fiction would accept it as believable.

More:

Why we worry, why policy makers are involved:  Carbon Emissions, 2000 – from WorldMapper, with a serendipitous tip of the old scrub brush to Petra Tschakert at Penn State.

Carbon emissions 2000, from worldmapper.org - creative commons license

Carbon Emissions 2000, from worldmapper.org - creative commons license

Carbon Emissions 2000 © Copyright 2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan). “We welcome use of our maps under the Creative Commons conditions by educational, charitable and other non-profit organisations.”

Monckton’s global warming denialism debunked

April 12, 2010

Peter Sinclair’s Hoax-Exposing Supervision found Christopher Monckton — and this is just part one.  More hoax in Monckton than anyone really feared:

Tip of the old scrub brush to the indefatigable Tim Lambert at Deltoid.


A carrot for a nose: Healing newtism among climate contrarians

March 18, 2010

Peter Sinclair takes some claims from climate denialists too seriously.  I hope.

On the other hand, he thoroughly shreds some of the more hoary claims of the denialists.  Plus he includes clips of everybody’s favorite movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Give it a watch, “Flogging the Scientists”:

Gee.  Here in Texas we could use a Peter Sinclair film on history, economics and other social studies.  Quick!

Tip of the old scrub brush to Tim Lambert at Deltoid.

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