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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Caruba Still Wrong on Global Warming (Among Other Things)

We've previously noted Alan Caruba's attempts to claim that the Earth has been cooling since 1998 are contradicted by the fact that it, er, isn't. Nevertheless, Caruba's Dec. 8 column claims yet again that "the world is now into a cycle of global cooling that has been in effect since around 1998."

This time, though, Caruba digs himself deeper with overbroad claims that are misleading and/or false.

Caruba asserts that "every 'fact' put forth by Al Gore’s 'An Inconvenient Fact' has been demonstrated to be false." Unsurprisingly, Caruba offers no evidence to back up the claim -- of course, he can't even bothered to get the name of Gore's film correct (that would be "An Inconvenient Truth."). In fact, even the judge who ruled in favor of a British lawsuit previously touted by global warming deniers as proving there were nine errors in "An Inconvenient Truth" stated that the film contains "four main scientific hypotheses, each of which is very well supported by research published in respected, peer-reviewed journals and accords with the latest conclusions of the IPCC."

Caruba went on to write of a statement on global warming by Barack Obama: "Every single word of this statement is false, in whole or in part." Really? Even "and" and "the"? (Caruba apparently thinks Obama is Lillian Hellman.) Needless to say, Caruba doesn't back this up either.

Caruba then cites claims made by "Viscount Monckton of Brenchly [sic], a noted British scientist." In fact, as we've previously noted, Lord Monckton (aka Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount of Brenchley) has no scientific credentials, holding degrees only in classics and journalism.

Caruba heads something called the National Anxiety Center, but Caruba appears to have some anxiety about doing basic research and getting things correct.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:42 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, December 9, 2008 12:53 AM EST

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