Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Other Scandal In Unhappy Valley vs. The Scientific Evidence

Over at Skepticforum I’ve just been introduced to the latest example of the ruthless depths the AGW “skeptic” community is happy to sink to, in order to distract attention from the scientific evidence of what society is doing to it’s one and only home planet.  The slander is so disgusting I will not discuss it, though the above link will take you to the post in question.

Suffice it to say the attacks against Michael Mann have reached new depths of sleaze in their desperate attempts to deny what Earth Observation evidence is showing us.  Namely, that Michael Mann’s pioneering paleoclimate reconstructions and the early so called Hockey Stick graph’s voracity continues to be supported by the evidence.  And that the basic outline has been repeated, well... repeatedly.  As illustrated within the evidence at the other side of the links provided below.

It is tragic that the contrarian skeptical community has managed to sell the notion that anything less than 100% accuracy should be shrugged off.  As for the constant refrain 'we want proof', well the lie in that is - we don’t even have proof the sun will rise tomorrow morning until after it happens.  So can we try to be realistic?  When will these folks start learning rather than dodging and ignoring every new piece of evidence?
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Thus I share a slightly cleaned up version of my reply:

I'm still in a bit of shock at these new depths of brutality and ruthlessness that the denialist community and it's adherents feel comfortable promulgating.  {and some folks wonder why I'm so motivated - and frustrated at not being able to spend all my energy in trying to present the science and confront lying predators like osullivan et al.}

If there is anyone out there interested in learning something rather than clinging to the rear view mirror, here are some more hockey sticks to consider:

Do critics of the hockey stick realise what they're arguing for?

19 October 2010 by John Cook
Climate and Sea Level: An Emerging Hockey Stick
12 January 2012 by Rob Honeycutt

Arctic Sea Ice Hockey Stick: Melt Unprecedented in Last 1,450 years
24 November 2011 by Rob Painting

Sea Level Hockey Stick
23 June 2011 by dana1981

Hockey Stick Own Goal
23 February 2011 by dana1981

More evidence than you can shake a hockey stick at
6 August 2010 by John Cook

A South American hockey stick 
18 September 2010 by John Cook

An underwater hockey stick 
1 October 2010 by John Cook

Hockey stick or hockey league?   

31 October 2010 by John Cook

 Can you make a hockey stick without tree rings?
2 December 2009 by John Cook

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