Every now and again, its nice to be reminded that no matter how irritating the overenthusiasm of the greenies can be on occaision, the real wackos are on the septic side. If you can’t cope with the long words at [[Global Warming]] then you can always look at the pretty pictures. Or maybe you like numbers?. More probably, you like sticking your head in the sand.
I’m sorry, but this kind of nonsense is just tedious. The world is getting warmer. You can argue about just how fast, and there is certainly a lot of room to discuss how much of a problem this is and how best to deal with it, but try to avoid arguing with basic reality. If you’re really naughty, you may end up on CNN.
[Update: lots of exciting fighting in the comments, but things are getting lost there. In particular, M offers us a bet, but its terms are obscure as is who its directed at. So I'm pulling it up here, and am interested in taking it up, if it can be clarified. As I understand it, M is offering If you think the naughties were normal, you should be quite willing to bet that the temperature over the next 5 years will average significantly above the average for 2002-2007. $1000 says it won't. But he hasn't defined "significant". I take it that is *isn't* prepare to bet $1000 that the 2008-12 average won't simply be higher than 2002-2007 (why is he using 6 year periods but talking about 5 year averages?). Assuming he isn't, I'm interested in the bet, provided we can agree a meaningful definition of "sig", and... we know who he is. You can't expect known people who can't run away to put up against an anon, who can cut-n-run.
More update: we negotiated over the terms of the bet, and came close, but only at the expense of taking the bet down to $100, which is trivia. At that level, we're only doing it for reputation, which is meaningless for an anon. So no bet -W]