Nothing highlights the climate sceptics love of contradiction than how they manipulate science news.
While loudly proclaiming climate change is *not* happening , they will seize upon science related media/stories if they appear to support their arguments.
On the one hand sceptics happily challenge the authority of science, and yet on the other are more than happy to ride on the coat tails of science’s authority when it suits them.
One does not have to look hard to find examples of this on Andrew Bolts blog. Recently, Australia’s most preeminent sceptic seized upon a National Geographic article about the increasing rains and vegetation in the African Sahara. According to Bolt:
Africa might actually love that warming rain
Yet another climate alarmist on Jon Faine’s ABC Melbourne morning show was allowed this morning to claim, unchallenged, that global warming would cause devastating droughts in Africa.
No sooner claimed than disproved…
The article itself is interesting, and highlights the debate within the scientific community:
“An explosion in plant growth has been predicted by some climate models. For instance, in 2005 a team led by Reindert Haarsma of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute in De Bilt, the Netherlands, forecast significantly more future rainfall in the Sahel. The study in Geophysical Research Letters predicted that rainfall in the July to September wet season would rise by up to two millimeters a day by 2080. Satellite data shows “that indeed during the last decade, the Sahel is becoming more green,” Haarsma said.
Even so, climate scientists don’t agree on how future climate change will affect the Sahel: Some studies simulate a decrease in rainfall. “This issue is still rather uncertain,” Haarsma said.
Max Planck’s Claussen said North Africa is the area of greatest disagreement among climate change modelers.
Forecasting how global warming will affect the region is complicated by its vast size and the unpredictable influence of high-altitude winds that disperse monsoon rains, Claussen added.
“Half the models follow a wetter trend, and half a drier trend.”
What is not being challenged is the reality of climate change. Bolt fails to understand this point, instead believing it discredits the science underpinning our understanding of climate change.
Bolt: I heart climate change
Still, according to Bolt, Africa will “love” the changes brought about by climate change! Has Bolt changed his mind on the issue? Has reason prevailed? Sadly not.
Climate change denial actually comes in many flavours:
- Outright denial: it simply is not happening
- Limited denial: it is happening, but the changes will be negligible or even positive
- Acceptance and resignation – sure it may be happening, but why do anything?
It would seem Bolt moves in and out of each of these depending on the point he is trying to make. Typically Bolt prefers to deny climate change is happening, though on occasion he’ll happily accept legitimate science if he can score a rhetorical point against “warmists”.
One thing Bolt’s post does show: climate change sceptics are consistent in their inconsistency.