In my previous post I noted in his story promoting AGW denial Adam Shand disputed even the most uncontroversial statements (eg “Summer is warmer than winter”) from supporters of mainstream science he uncritically accepted everything from the AGW deniers. For example, he agrees with Jennifer Marohasy, who claims:
Global temperatures over the past ten years have stalled.
This is, of course, not true.
And he repeats this whopper:
The IPA has no policy on global warming
There are hundreds of items at the IPA website on global warming and they all argue directly or indirectly against taking action: either warming isn’t happening, or it’s natural, or it will be beneficial, or it will be harmless, or mitigation will be ruinously expensive.
And Shand doesn’t challenge this fabrication:
In [Al Gore’s] movie, “An Inconvenient Truth”, he actually talks about how hurricane records show an increase in number and intensity and he talks about hurricanes since 1975 but there’s actually good data that goes back 100 years and if he’d gone back to the 1940s he would have seen that there were more intense hurricanes then. Then there was a bit of a lull and then from the 1970s there had been an increase in hurricane intensity. So he was cherry picking the data. This was Al Gore.
This one is particularly easy to check — you just have to watch the movie to see what Gore says about hurricanes. The closest he gets is (at 29 minutes in):
When the ocean gets warmer that causes stronger storms.
And graphs I’ve seen don’t support Marohasy’s claims about the numbers of hurricanes.
Over at her blog, Ender challenged Marohasy to support her claim. She said that her recollection was that
Al Gore pointed to a graph of the hurricane record since 1975 and claimed this represented an increase in the number and intensity of hurricanes.
This is untrue and it’s easy to see that it is untrue — you just have to look at the movie. But when Ender asked her to support her claims about the movie and global temperatures, she replied:
Ender, You are now displaying a high level of apparently deliberate ignorance on both issues.
From past experience, I doubt that Marohasy will correct her false statements.