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Some Good News

I’ve backdated this as to keep Dan’s most excellent letter to the PFC at the top of the page above my ramblings where it belongs, but I just can’t explain how excited I am by some news about Global Warming.

That’s right, Global Warming. Steve Verdon [DRINK!] points out this most interesting piece about the Global Warming “hockey stick”. It turns out that the model used to generate that data is fundamentally flawed and generated a similar graph when given trendless monte carlo data. Practical upshot? Global Warming may not even be real.

And this is good news, no matter which way you slice it. If you were worried about the end of the world, hooray, we are saved! If you were sick of listening to econuts talk about the sad state of the planet, they no longer have a stick to lean on! Of course, it’ll be 50 years before they give up that flawed graph, but we can dream.

And yes, I know I’m being hyperbolic, because this really just reopens the debate, but that’s a ton of progress…we’ll see how long popular wisdom takes to catch up.

[UPDATE]: I have forward-dated Dan’s entry above to appear on the top of the page for the next month, I figure it should stay there until school is back in session. Other posts will appear below it. Do not be alarmed.

  1. Tyler says:

    Yeah, I read about Crichton’s new book in my favorite publication, Parade, which published a short article by Crichton in which he lambasted the scare tactics of special interest groups (primarily environmentalist groups). For those of you who don’t know, this indie publication about which I write, Parade, is a little like McClure’s circa 1913. Nothing but muckraking reporting. In fact, Lee Kravitz makes Ida Tarbell seem like an Alzheimer’s-stricken journalistic hack.

    Over at Reason they have a link to a very good review of Crichton’s latest. I’m far too lazy to link to it directly, however, so you’re on your own, suckers.

  2. Pete says:

    I think it’s a sequel to Disclosure, but with Ashton Kutcher subbing for Michael Douglas.

    And Michael Moore as “El Nino.”

  3. Timothy says:

    Is this book based on Bjorn Lomborg?

  4. Pete says:

    Michael Crichton’s new book is about a scientist who discovers that global warming is b.s. and is consequently hunted down by enraged and armed environmentalists. And maybe some dinosaurs or mutated monkeys or something like that.

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