One favourite tactic of creationists is that of “quote-mining”, using out-of-context quotes from scientists that appear to support the creationists’ position. Global warming skeptics play this game as well and a recent Calgary Herald column Tim Ball is a good example of the practice. He quotes James Hansen, Stephen Schneider, Phil Jones, Tom Wigley, Kevin Trenberth all of whom apparently agree that we don’t know enough about climate to justify something like Kyoto. He ends up this one:
Schneider told Discover Magazine: “We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified dramatic statements and make little mention of doubts we may have.”
John Quiggin has the history of this one.
Ball also quoted a dishonest attack on Flannery from Bob Carter.
However, Australian climate scientists have debunked it thoroughly, Prof. Bob Carter of James Cook University in Queensland describing the book as “the best written work of Australian fiction since Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet.”
Reader Ian Forrester wrote to the Calgary Herald:
Tim Ball shows a lack of respect for the many honest and hardworking scientists who have shown that the evidence for global warming is a scientific reality. The fact that he chose to quote Bob Carter as an authority shows either his own lack of knowledge in the field or is a blatant attempt at obfuscation and obscuring of the facts. The article by Carter is a gross misrepresentation of the data shown in the CRU annual report of global climate. Anyone actually looking at the figure in the CRU paper will see an obvious rising of global temperatures over the past 50 to 60 years and not the cooling that Carter claims.
This is just another example of the dishonesty shown by the small band of AGW deniers who are being paid by the very industries who are contributing the most to climate change. Ball’s article is full of quotes taken out of context and statements such as his remarks on global cooling which are just not true.
It is time that the popular media sources had their scientific articles vetted by a prominent and honest scientist so that the nonsense promulgated by the likes of Ball and Carter is not given the prominence that it is presently getting.
(The last paragraph was not published.)
Ian Forrester seems indignant that some expert commentators do not agree with his views on human-caused global warming. And neither do some of the facts. Based on the official U.K. estimate of global temperature change, the average global temperature has been in stasis since 1998.
Yet, human greenhouse emissions have continued their steady rise over the same time period.
How long does the temperature stasis have to last before Forrester and others like him reassess their passionate beliefs?
How many times does Carter have to misrepresent the CRU data before the global warming skeptics that visit here criticize his behaviour? Spence UK? Hans Erren? John McCall? Steve McIntyre? … crickets chirping …