Since They Can’t Go After Og the Caveman

…I guess Max Mayfield is a suitable substitute.

Hundreds of concerned citizens and leaders from across the nation will join Hurricane Katrina survivors Wednesday to call for the resignation of the heads of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the NOAA Headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. During an 11 a.m. demonstration, advocates will demand that NOAA stop covering up the growing scientific link between severe hurricanes and global warming while insisting on real solutions to the problem of global warming.

A cranky, obnoxious guy named Joe Bastardi used a chart (and a pretty convincing argument for “hold on there!”) during a FoxNews blurb the other day that I just had to track down.

Those red protusions aren’t a Clearacil ad ~ they’re warm periods that have been occurring pretty regularly for the past ten thousand years or so. You’ll notice our wee red blotch is allll the way to the right and just beginning to scale up to the temps that have surfaced at least five times before.

After ignoring the past, some analysts then use computer projections to predict temperatures for the next 100 years or more. It is astounding to see people put so much faith in these man-made computer models, yet ignore the actual facts of the past. As someone who has made a living at pointing out the folly of worshipping the false idol of atmospheric models, I find these projections to be a classic case of being blinded by the lure of the latest technological fad. Perhaps this is the most telling difference between those who are accepting of the “global warming hypothesis” and those of us who are skeptical. The former tend to base their conclusions on the guesses of computer models. We skeptics focus on actual climate history and conclude that nothing out of the ordinary is occurring.

His article has a link to a hugely interesting paper called “Breaking the ‘Hockey Stick’: Global Warming’s Latest Brawl” by the timeline’s author, Arizona State University climatologist Dr. Robert C. Balling. In it, he notices something unusual about the Swampies’ version of climatological history:

Evidence from throughout the world shows that the planet was relatively warm 1,000 years ago during the Medieval Warm Period and relatively cold 500 years ago during the Little Ice Age. When the 1°C (1.8°F) of global warming of the past 100 years is considered in the context of climate variability of the last 1,000 years, the recent warming looks quite natural and nothing out of the ordinary. In 2001, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change prominently featured an important graph of northern hemispheric temperatures over the past 1,000 years, and the plot resembled a hockey stick. This same graph was recently highlighted in testimony to the North Carolina Legislative Commission on Climate Change. In this graph, the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age disappeared, and after 900 years of nearly steady temperatures, warming dominates the most recent 100 years. The new “hockey stick” depiction makes the recent warming look highly unnatural, thereby lending credence to the argument that human activities are the driving force behind global warming.

Looks bad, eh? How lovely to just do away with 1000 years of documented research when it messes up those computer models. Except for the GEICO cavemen (who are corporate whores anyway),
no one’s left to point out the omission during these orchestrated hysteria gatherings.
That’s pretty convenient, too.

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