Thursday, March 23, 2006


Here is another “The Sky is Falling” story from Reuters. (Thanks to Drudge who found it.) Another clown pseudo scientist doing a pseudo scientific evaluation. This Jonathan Overpeck gets his 15 seconds of attention.

Here’s how the article opens:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Miami would be a memory, Bangkok a soggy shadow of its former self and the Maldive Islands would vanish if melting polar ice keeps fueling a faster-than-expected rise in sea levels, scientists reported on Thursday.
In an issue of the journal Science focusing on global warming, climate scientist Jonathan Overpeck of the University of Arizona reported that if global trends continue, Earth could ultimately see sea levels 20 feet higher than they are now.

(Read the complete article *here*.)

Of course this is complete nonsense. If global warming is happening (which is in dispute), it will take more than 100 years to melt all the world’s ice caps. The result of that deluge of liquid will raise the ocean levels about 2 inches (5 cm.). Pretty scary, huh? Of course this Overpeck chap has nothing to fear in issuing this BS. In 50 years he and his prediction will be completely forgotten. No one will know what an idiot he had been. In the meantime look at this: he got his name in the paper!

Announcements like this (and there are many of them) do the environmental movements a great disservice. The entire movement gets stamped as being flaky.

And how about these news services that jump all over these stories with their collective mouth watering? Why don’t they make at least a little effort to balance the story with an opposing point of view? I’ll tell you why. An impending disaster is news. It is not news when someone says that tomorrow will be pretty much like today.

That is why blogs and the internet are becoming more and more important to people who want to know what is really going on in the world.


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