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The so-called global-warming debate isn’t really much of a debate

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Seth B. Darling, a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory,  SAYS  the notion of an ongoing debate over global warming is based on fundamental misconceptions:

Mainstream outlets such as ABC’s “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet The Press” [have] opted to provide substantial airtime to climate skeptics in addition to the climate science experts, in the misguided model of providing a “balanced” perspective. The so-called climate debate presumes that there is, in fact, debate among the scientists who study our climate.

This is simply not the case.

The truth is that there is a strikingly strong consensus among climate scientists — above 97 percent — that our planet is warming and we are primarily to blame. It’s near impossible to get 97 percent of scientists to agree about much of anything beyond the basic laws of physics. The fact that the consensus is this broad tells us it is time to end the idea that there is any debate in the scientific community.

Because the mass media have propped up a false debate, the general public is understandably confused. There are things we are still learning about climate and our effect on it, but the basic concepts attacked by skeptics are those that the scientific community has established with considerable evidence. Most skeptic arguments are built on a common error: cherry-picking bits of data without seeing the big picture.

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  1. John Federer

    I guess what Mr. Darling is attempting to say is only so called scientist can make misstatement on global warming!

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/08/04/death-valley-sets-new-cold-temperature-record-by-wide-margin/

    Oops!

  2. Shawn Robinson

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-californias-warmest-year-20140804-story.html
    California had it’s warmest seven months on record according the the National Weather Service in this article. I think the one John posted might have information taken out of context. It reads like it was the low one night rather than an overall trend. There’s no additional link to check.

  3. Steverino

    Perhaps someone needs to stop watching Steve Doocy for our weather report.

  4. John Federer

    Wow, I forgot liberals are never wrong! But they are also never correct.

    All you need to do is watch our president!

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/06/16/9-quotes-from-obamas-2011-remarks-on-the-end-of-the-war-in-iraq-that-show-his-total-lack-of-foresight/

    This one proves it!

    “It’s harder to end a war than begin one. Indeed, everything that American troops have done in Iraq -– all the fighting and all the dying, the bleeding and the building, and the training and the partnering -– all of it has led to this moment of success. Now, Iraq is not a perfect place. It has many challenges ahead. But we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people. We’re building a new partnership between our nations.”

  5. John Federer

    Yup, really looks stable and self reliant, right!

  6. John Federer

    I believe it is like his comment on health care, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. But that comment also turned out to be false. Or you will save $2500 with this new health care plan, also not true.

    http://www.politifact.com/obama-like-health-care-keep/

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/promise/521/cut-cost-typical-familys-health-insurance-premium-/

    Robert, don’t worry there are plenty more examples!

    • I save $286 a month on my healthcare premium. $286 x 12 = 3432. Plus my coverage is better and includes dental. No complaints here. But of course, I don’t bet against my own best economic interest like those on the right do.

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