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Picturing Anti-Science

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4 Jun 09 – Reader Harold Ambler wrote an open letter to writer Peter Dizikes, who recently published an article about a new book by NASA scientist Gavin Schmidt on climate change. “As a native Californian, the misunderstanding of western climate was just too gross to let go,” says Ambler. 

Here are excerpts:

Dear Mr. Dizikes:

I was surprised to see that you consider the effects of manmade global warming to be “oddly invisible.” … it has been my observation that newspapers, magazines, and television news sources show images of supposed manmade climate change on a daily basis. Such images include: floods, polar bears, glacial calving, etc. If anything, images of global warming might be said to saturate western media.

As with so many other products generated by the AGW industry, Schmidt’s book Climate Change: Picturing the Science is part of an ongoing effort to frighten the credulous. Its messages include: weather will kill you, our moment on Earth is unique, climate did not used to change.

Had you wanted to fulfill the responsibilities of an objective and hard-hitting journalist, you might have asked Schmidt about the image of Lake Powell on his book’s cover book.

Now, of course, we are all told never to judge a book by its cover – but this is a visual book that demands to be judged on visual terms.

Were you aware, may I ask, of the controversial nature of the damming of the Colorado River that led to Lake Powell? … like all manmade dams on Earth, it has changing water levels. Dammed lakes in the American west are particularly prone to fluctuating water levels, within single years, year to year, and on the decadal level. Water use varies as well, although it can be counted on to slowly increase. Using an image of lowered water level on Lake Powell, which is a reservoir, sitting in a desert, to indicate anything about climate change is perverse. I would even go to far as to call it anti-science.

The assumption that industrial production of co2 has altered precipitation patterns is exactly that, an assumption. Further, what you are going to find, in the next decade, is that global temperatures are going to remain flat (as they have since 1998) and/or start to decline. What you are also going to find is that science writers in the American media establishment are going to peel off, one by one, from the AGW heterodoxy. 

The fact that neither Mr. Schmidt’s editor, nor his publisher, nor you, nor the photographer, nor Mr. Schmidt himself would stop to reflect on the oddity of this cover is enough to give one pause.

See entire letter:
http://talkingabouttheweather.wordpress.com/2009/06/04/open-letter-to-peter-zikes/
Thanks to Harold Ambler for this link

  

 

 

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