“Think Progress” can’t “Think Science”

Adapted from an article I originally posted elsewhere on 2/7/2011

In this article Brad Johnson of Think Progress attempts to mock and belittle Krauthammer’s statement that:

In science, you can actually deny or falsify a proposition with evidence. You find me a single piece of evidence that Al Gore would ever admit would contradict global warming and I’ll be surprised.

Krauthammer is referring to an essential property of scientific method. Here’s a chart published by a professor at University of Winnipeg which briefly summarizes how scientific method works.

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Ghengis Khan pioneers reducing greenhouse gases via depopulation

Genghis-Khan.jpgAccording to this Slashdot article researchers from the Carnegie Institution credit Genghis Khan with eliminating 700 million tons of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere. He did this by slaughtering some 40 million people. The environmental researchers believe that by depopulating agrarian societies by massacring their inhabitants, he initiated a wave of reforestation. The resulting trees scrubbed the atmosphere of CO2 which they believe resulted in global cooling. The leader of the research project, Julia Pongratz, states here that:

Today about a quarter of the net primary production on the Earth’s land surface is used by humans in some way, mostly through agriculture. […]. In the past we have had a substantial impact on global climate and the carbon cycle, but it was all unintentional. Based on the knowledge we have gained from the past, we are now in a position to make land-use decisions that will diminish our impact on climate and the carbon cycle. We cannot ignore the knowledge we have gained.

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Cancun Climate Agreement

Originally posted by me on 12/12/2010 

cancun.pngI personally remain unconvinced that man-made global warning will have catastrophic consequences for mankind unless we take drastic action now. So I do not support the UN-sponsored efforts to forge an international action plan to control carbon emissions. Due to the UN’s history of corruption, I don’t regard them as a particularly trustworthy organization. And I am suspicious that the global ruling class is more enamored by the prospects of redistributing wealth from developed countries to developing countries (and making loads of money themselves) than it is in trying to engineer global climate. As the image to the right suggests, I view efforts at reducing carbon emissions to be more or less the same as throwing money away.
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