12 December 2009 · Comments Off · Categories: Too Stupid for Words

Alan Leshner writes at the Guardian:

While former Alaska governor Sarah Palin wrote in her recent opinion essay that she did not deny the “reality of some changes in climate,” she distorted the clear scientific evidence that Earth’s climate is changing, largely as a result of human behaviours. She also badly confused the concepts of daily weather changes and long-term climate trends when she wrote that “while we recognise the occurrence of these natural, cyclical environmental trends, we can’t say with assurance that man’s activities cause weather changes.” Her statement inaccurately suggests that short-term weather fluctuations must be consistent with long-term climate patterns. And it is the long-term patterns that are a cause for concern.

He opened the column by equating global warming deniers with the doctors who, in the 1950s and 1960s, insisted that tobacco was safe.

I wonder if he listens to GNC? Todd read my email making the same comparison on the air. (The “GW#” links at the GNC link are my submissions.)

I have a quibble. He says she “distorted” facts. I don’t think she did.

Claiming that someone distorted something implies that he or she is capable of understanding it in the first place.

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