Julian Sanchez speculates:
Given the choice between an ultimately misguided but thoughtful post, for which the aforementioned piss-taking might require some research or careful grappling with facially plausible arguments, and some hack’s latest howler, a lot of us are going to find it tempting to take the easy shot. I know there are definitely a few sites I visit almost exclusively to hunt for fodder — places I know I won’t just find ideas I disagree with intensely, but ideas I disagree with intensely backed by moronic arguments that are good for a bit of fun. I can’t say for sure how widespread that instinct is, but there are certain sites I have to suspect get a decent percentage of their traffic from links of the ritualistic “look what reprehensible nonsense the Other Side has cooked up today” variety.
Well, some of us can resist such temptations.
Tim Blair is a piñata full of stupid. Every time you whack him with a clue stick some more stupid comes out.
Even Blair’s supporters were telling him that he got the science wrong. For example:
Um, what exactly is wrong with anything Lambert said?
If you like, it can be explained as “the Earth is radiating more heat away from it”. This would avoid reference to “the rest of the universe”, which seems to be causing you issues. But where else are you expecting the heat to go?
Stick to picking political fights, you usually win those.
Or this poster, who grudgingly concedes that Gore and I got the science correct. (Though out of partisan dislike claims that neither of us knew what we were talking about.)
So, after all this discussion, what does Blair add in an update? More stupid, in a comment from Tex, who doesn’t believe in the conservation of mass:
I just ate a pie. Please ask one of your American blogger friends to also eat a pie, or the earth’s gravitational field will be thrown out of balance, making the earth crash into the sun.
In other news, a computer scientist and ‘dynamite fact checker’ in NSW shows signs of Severe Derangement Syndrome.
Hey, Tex! Eating a pie doesn’t destroy its mass. Though I suppose we’ll being seeing a campaign by the Discovery Institute one of these days: “Liberals say that matter cannot be created or destroyed. But the Bible says that God created the world. Science classes should teach the controversy.”
Oh, yeah. The radiative forcing from increased CO2 of 1.5 W/m2 adds up to a lot of energy over the entire Earth — 400,000 times as much as the electricity production of the entire world.