Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Richard Tol's big mistake, or malicious behavior?

It's dumbfounding that even in the face of increasingly clear evidence for the seriousness of manmade global warming and the fact that important global geophysical changes have been initiated, changes that will undoubtedly radically rearrange the world we have come to love, the contrarian community, {you know, that god-fearing Republican/Libertarian community of deep pockets}, have been ramping up their attacks on science with an increasingly bizarre disconnect from the facts on the ground.  

It's hideous watching all these powerful people who will never admit to any mistakes - nor show any interest in constructively learning from the information at hand.  Faith over Fact!  Or is it simply disregard?  

Worse they seem incapable of taking the future seriously, nor appreciating that against the forces of nature our incredible achievements are as vulnerable as Mayan Temples.

In any event, here's another character in this campaign of confusion and crazy-making over learning - the economist Richard Tol.  Tol already has quite the track record as explained in the links below, recently he's been making a splash with his obsessive attacks on a study that he basically agrees with.  Yea, it get's weird over there.

Tol provides us with another example of "the debate" being elevated above "the learning process"

… an economist, never mind that "economists" rarely, if ever, get anything right, {though they do know how to play with statistics and assumptions and numbers}, who has devoted the past year attempting to sully a study surveying scientific publications on various aspects of Anthropogenic Global Warming with an assortment of cheap debate tactics, all of which are thoroughly explained and countered - check out the partial list below.  

Tol seems to have no other reason than… fame and fortune and his willingness to encourage continued inattentiveness and inaction towards this global warming reality we have created for our society.  Another believer in mucho-blah-blah, as opposed to rational learning and action.  

But those are my own opinions.  

Now I invite you to look at what the "folks in the know" have to share.  This list ends with a complete repost of the SkepticalScience.com article "Resources and links documenting Tol's 24 errors"
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The Cook et al. (2013) 97% consensus result is robust
Posted on 4 June 2014 by dana1981
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Posted on 6 June 2014 by John Cook
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The Tol controversy - 2014
Beyond the bounds of acceptable debate
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June 7, 2014
Ridiculous Richard Tol sez 12,000 is a strange number…
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June 5, 2014
BUSTED: How Ridiculous Richard Tol makes myriad bloopers and a big fool of himself and proves the 97% consensus
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March 29, 2014
On contrarian contradictions and the newest IPCC report, featuring Matt Ridley and Richard Tol
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June 3, 2013
Denier Weirdness: Don't count climate science papers to "prove" there's no consensus!
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June 18, 2013
How an economist seeks fame and riches…
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A whole fleet of gremlins: Looking more carefully at Richard Tol’s twice-corrected paper, “The Economic Effects of Climate Change”
May 27, 2014
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Bravo, Richard Tol, Bravo!
June 5, 2014
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Tag Archives: Richard Tol

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Resources and links documenting Tol's 24 errors (via Skeptical Science)
Posted on 6 June 2014 by John Cook , we published a list of 24 errors in Tol's critique of our consensus paper Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature. The short URL for our 24 errors report, handy for…

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