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Friday, November 21, 2008
Brennan Misleads About Global Warming Again
Topic: Newsmax

We've noted that Phil Brennan's Nov. 19 Newsmax column falsely claimed that the earth has cooled over the past decade. Turns out he misled in another way too.

As part of his argument that "Global warming is a fraud," Brennan quoted a Nov. 13 London Daily Mail article featuring a claim that global warming might be blamed on "falling -- rather than climbing -- levels of greenhouse gases," featuring the statement: "Lead author Thomas Crowley from the University of Edinburgh and Canadian colleague William Hyde say that currently vilified greenhouse gases -- such as carbon dioxide -- could actually be the key to averting the chill." But Brennan didn't quote the part of the Dail Mail article that warned against using the study to dismiss the threat posed by global warming: (h/t Media Matters):

Professor Crowley said the stark findings do not mean we should stop fighting warming.

But he urged: ‘Don’t push the panic button.’

‘There’s no excuse for saying “we’ve got to keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere,”’ he told Reuters.

‘Geologically it’s tomorrow, but we have lots of time to argue about the appropriate level of greenhouse gases.’

Further, the Wired Science blog reported that Crowley said that by continuing to emit greenhouse gases at the current levels, "[w]e're creating a situation at least as dangerous, only going in the opposite direction." Agence France-Presse and National Geographic News also quote Crowley warning against using the study to claim that greenhouse gases aren't a danger.

Brennan frequently misleads about global warming.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:37 AM EST

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