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Beating a dead horse with a hockey stick

Posted by suzanne at Oct 26, 2011 11:55 AM |
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Climate science arguments are the ultimate asymmetrical warfare: Deniers win the debate just by having it. So it is always with some ambivalence that I circulate yet another scientific finding confirming that global warming is real. This was news 30 years ago, old news 20 years ago.

Beating a dead horse with a hockey stick

KC Golden, Policy Director


By KC Golden
Climate Solutions

Climate science arguments are the ultimate asymmetrical warfare:  Deniers win the debate just by having it.  So it is always with some ambivalence that I circulate yet another scientific finding confirming that global warming is real. This was news 30 years ago, old news 20 years ago.  

But this new study debunking the deniers’ charges of bias in temperature records is worth mentioning, because one of the deniers’ (former) darlings, physicist Richard Muller, is among its authors, and the Koch brothers are among its funders.  The study confirms the accuracy of the famous “hockey stick” graph, which shows global temperatures rising rapidly since the middle of the last century.  It also puts puts yet another (final?) nail in the coffin of the conspiracy theorists who accuse scientists of cooking the data.  The LA Times begins its coverage with:

Remember when scientists who had cast doubt on global temperature studies boldly embarked on an effort to "reconsider" the evidence?

They have. And they conclude that their doubt was misplaced.

ThinkProgress jumps all over it here.  

How long have we been saying “The debate is over”?  It’s been true of the science for decades.  Is it a little closer to true of the politics, when a denier confirms that he was wrong?  Leave us hope.

 

 

 

 

 

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