I’m with John Quiggin in the debate about Joel Achenbach’s story on the global warming skeptics: he’s hung them out to dry. Bill Gray looks crazy when he likens Gore to Hitler, and Achenbach even gets a CEI shill to admit to being dishonest:
Horner talks about baselines used in climate trends. Why start in 1860? That was the end of the Little Ice Age. Of course the world has warmed since then. That’s cheating with the baseline. At one point Horner refers to the “cooling” since 1998 — a record-breaking year with a major El Nino event in the Pacific. He admits he is being disingenuous.
“We’re playing the baseline game,” Horner says.
In the Wapo’s discussion on his story Achenbach says:
The overwhelming response to the story has been positive from the people are most concerned about global warming, and from the scientific community, which grasped the central feature of the story: the skeptics as they present their case tend to undermine it.
And Achenbach has a post on his blog rounding up even more discussion.