Department of not making corrections

On July 16, Andrew Bolt gave us this:

What consensus? The American Physical Society reports:

There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for the global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution.

However, this wasn’t the opion of the American Physical Society, but rather that of Jeffrey Marque, one editor of an APS newsletter. In the next issue Marque retracted:

Our editorial comments in the July 2008 issue include the following statement: “There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for the global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution.” In fact, we have not polled any scientific community (e.g., the climate research community, the physics community, or the general science community) as to the extent of its consensus regarding human-activity-caused global warming, and we apologize for making such a remark for which we do not have supporting data. We now do know that, in addition to the American Physical Society, the following scientific organizations have issued statements and/or reports in support of the IPCC’s main conclusion concerning the role of anthropogenic CO2 emissions in global warming: The National Academy of Sciences, the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

So what did Bolt do? Did he post a correction?

Of course not. Instead he just repeated the erroneous claim. Bolt on Nov 5:

Er, what consensus?

The tide is slowly turning:

…In a posting to the APS forum, editor Jeffrey Marque explains,”There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution.”

Comments

  1. #1 Dano
    November 5, 2008

    Facts that do not comport with the ideological worldview don’t exist, Tim. They don’t fit the mental frame. They aren’t facts. They are “facts”.

    Acknowledging these as facts would destroy Bolt’s self-identity. Ergo, there is no need for correction, retraction, clarification, what have you.

    Best,

    D

  2. #2 coby
    November 5, 2008

    [sigh]

    As boring and obvious as it is, it still requires a HtTtACS entry:
    http://scienceblogs.com/illconsidered/2008/09/aps-denies-the-consensus.php

  3. #3 DavidK
    November 5, 2008

    Bolt is a one-eyed media hack, simple as.

  4. #4 James Haughton
    November 5, 2008

    Retractions lack truthiness.

  5. #5 WotWot
    November 6, 2008

    Retractions lack truthiness.

    He he he.

  6. #6 Spark
    November 7, 2008

    Read anything by Bolt and it’s normally turgid lies.

  7. #7 WotWot
    November 7, 2008

    Guess who else is once again peddling recycled dishonest denialist crap. This particular steaming pile is bordering on the edge of libel against Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

  8. #8 John Armour
    November 7, 2008

    WotWot (7)

    I think I’ve heard that tired old argument about the funding trail before (!). Duffy is really clutching at straws. And once again exposes his ignorance of the difference between climate and weather, and trend lines.

    I heard Duffy interview Lindzen on the ABC a few weeks back. Lindzen chortled his way through a soft interogatory knowing he was amongst friends. He’s morbidly obsessed with the funding his colleagues are getting for their climate research. And Duffy is happy to carry his bags.

    Lindzen’s bitterness is related to his peers’ rejection (no doubt through funded research) of his beloved “iris” theory.

    I don’ty know what Duffy’s problem is. Some kind of thickness.

  9. #9 Hal9000
    November 8, 2008

    I think we’re seeing the desperate end game of the denialists, now that the incoming US administration accepts the science and has a rather more ambitious mitigation policy than our timid Australian government. I expect they’ll soon move on to the next phase (as has the Turnbull opposition), namely seeking to de-fang mitigation policy through delay and endless argument for special treatment of the worst offenders. There will be generous funding for makers of docos purporting to show how mitigation measures are in fact bad for the environment and for anti-wind farm action groups and the like. Bolt and Duffy meanwhile will come to occupy the lucrative niche left vacant by the late Paddy McGuinness – quaint curmudgeons whose writing tickles the nostalgia of readers hankering after the simple verities they remember holding hegemonic sway back in the 20th century.

  10. #10 spangled drongo
    November 9, 2008

    “Rajenda Pachauri’s recent Sydney lecture suggests that in this relatively new field, inconvenient truths to the contrary are not welcome.”

    Can’t stand denialist crap pedalers like Duffy. Just too thick to understand consensus.

  11. #11 John Mashey
    November 9, 2008

    re: #8
    I think Lindzen’s attitude long preceded his “Iris” hypothesis, which at least had the merit of being interesting and worth considering, although it turned out to be refuted fairly quickly.

    Here is Lindzen vs Schneider, refereed by Prinn, in 1990.

  12. #12 Hank Roberts
    November 9, 2008

    Consider how rare it is to find an Internet site where people can learn about evolution. Most of them fill up with crap and misleading red herrings from the small vociferous denial crowd.

    Same as the Internet’s sites on climate change.

    Perhaps teaching Intelligent Moderation would be useful.

    Even “Scienceblogs” let alone sites like Seed are mostly full of blather from people trying to stop discussion they dislike.

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