Above, the “official message” of the denial machine with Anthony Watt’s begging his readers to spread misinformation far and wide. However, the tide is turning, and the efforts of Watt’s and his ilk are falling on increasingly deaf ears.
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
THE tide of opinion is turning against climate change sceptics in North America, according to the head of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Escalating bouts of extreme weather appear to be behind the shift, said Jane Lubchenco, the chief of the NOAA – the US equivalent of the CSIRO.
Altogether, record high temperatures have been recorded at more than 40,000 sites in the US. If global warming wasn’t taking place, the ratio of high and low temperature records would be roughly equal, but in the US this year, heat records have dominated by a ratio of seven to one.
”The heatwaves that we have been seeing in the eastern United States are completely consistent with what we expected to be seeing, and we expect to see more,” she said.
There will of course be a “hard-core” contingent of the denial community that will continue to ignore reality, hiding behind their cherry picked data and firm belief if they wish really, really hard it will all simply go away.
Their beliefs and values have become so deeply enmeshed with their *cough* scepticism *cough* they’ll continue denying climate change right until the moment the flood waters or wildfires are at their doors – literally.
Case in point, climate-sceptic blogger Anthony Watts at “Watts up with that”:
This is a combination of two posts elsewhere that illustrate just how much hype and how little substance the MSM and blogs like Grist, Climate Progress. and Capital Weather Gang have been pushing trying to make a run of the mill summer heat wave seem like an event of unprecedented global warming proportions. It isn’t, and not even close compared to weather records history of the past.
Yes, you read correctly – Mr Watt’s describes the wildfires, floods, heat wave and severe drought as “run of the mill”.
It takes a special kind of willed ignorance to call the extreme weather sweeping the globe “run-of-the-mill”. And maybe a few thousand bucks in funding from conservative think tanks.