Racial vilification expert and leading anti-science fake sceptic Andrew Bolt, known for frightening children over their Sunday morning Rice Bubbles with his laughably wooden, smirk-laden performance on low rating (and recently demoted) Bolt Report, is so bored with global warming that he writes obsessively about it, getting everything wrong in the process. His latest is called “Signs that warming scare is all hot air“, in which Bolt lists ten reasons he believes the global warming “scare” is over.
Personally, I am perfectly comfortable calling Bolt a shameless liar. Bolt has the facts at his disposal, but chooses to deliberately mislead his audience for ideological reasons as I will demonstrate.
Let’s run through them, shall we?
Firstly, the lies start off even before Bolt starts listing his scares. That’s an impressive attitude towards lying.
….the British Climatic Research Unit’s prediction that “children just aren’t going to know what snow is”
A lie. The CRU said no such thing. A scientist did, but the CRU themselves made no such official prediction. To pretend otherwise is to deliberately mislead.
1. “1st sign: The world isn’t warming”
Bolt starts off by repeating the latest poorly thought out right-wing meme.
Yes, the planet warmed about 0.7 degrees last century, but then halted.
Professor Richard Lindzen, arguably the world’s most famous climate scientist, has argued for two years that “there has been no warming since 1997″. Others date the pause as late as 2000.
Sure, I could point out that “global warming” refers to an energy imbalance, not just surface temperature. I could point out that the oceans have continued to accumulate heat, that there has been a long-term loss of Arctic ice (Bolt has dropped this topic since embarrassingly claiming that 2008 was a rebound in the long term trend) or any of the 21,000 biological indicators that show continued warming. I could point out the abject dishonesty in pretending that short term temperature trends are statistically meaningless as they are warped by natural short term forcings like the 1998 El Nino.
Instead I’ll just show you this graph. A graph Bolt will never show you.
Why is Andrew Bolt lying to you? If you trust him on climate, look at this graph and ask yourself “why am I being lied to?”