[posted by Justin Levine]
Here is an example of a typical lie in the media in order to try and bolster the man-made global warming hysterics out there.
Notice the last sentence of the article –
“Kerry Emanuel, an MIT professor who had feuded with Gray over global warming, said Gray has wrongly ‘dug (his) heels in’ even though there is ample evidence that the world is getting hotter.”
The clear implication from this sentence is that Dr. Gray doesn’t believe that the world is “getting hotter” (and therefore, he is a kook who can be dismissed). But that sentence is an out and out lie. Gray has never disputed that the “world is getting hotter”. Instead, he merely disputes that man is causing the warming, and that the warming causes an increase in hurricanes. That is a very different assertion as Cain Burdeau of the AP surely knows.
It is unclear from the story if it is the AP’s Burdeau who is lying here, or Kerry Emanuel from MIT. But it is a lie nonetheless – and one that is purposely designed to bolster the argument of man-made global warming hysterics.
So let’s take a look at what Dr. Gray actually said about all of this from a 2005 interview:
Glassman: And from a seasonal, monthly point of view, you had been predicting a growing number of hurricanes. Now, my question is in the wake of Katrina and some of the statements that we’ve heard immediately afterwards by advocates of the global warming theory – is global warming behind this increase in hurricanes?
Gray: I am very confident that it’s not. I mean we have had global warming. That’s not a question. The globe has warmed the last 30 years, and the last 10 years in particular. And we’ve had, at least the last 10 years, we’ve had a pick up in the Atlantic basin major storms. But in the earlier period, if we go back from 1970 through the middle ‘90s, that 25 year period – even though the globe was warming slightly, the number of major storms was down, quite a bit down.
Now, another feature of this is that the Atlantic operates differently. The other global storm basins, the Atlantic only has about 12 percent of the global storms. And in the other basins, the last 10 years – even though the Atlantic major storm activity has gone up greatly the last 10 years. In the other global basins, it’s slightly gone down. You know, both frequency and strength of storms have not changed in these other basins. If anything, they’ve slightly gone down. So if this was a global warming thing, you would think, “Well gee, all of the basins should be responding much the same.”
[Emphsis mine.] So in other words, Dr. Gray has said explicitly that it is “not a question” that the “world is getting hotter”. Once again, either the AP’s Cain Burdeau or MIT’s Kerry Emanuel are lying sacks of crap.
But let’s examine what else Dr. Gray (“the world’s most famous hurricane expert” and a “pioneer in the science of hurricane forecasting” had to say about the theory that global warming causes an increase in hurricanes:
Glassman: You’re familiar with what your colleagues believe. Do you think many hurricane experts would take a different point of view, and would say, “Oh, it’s global warming that’s causing hurricanes?”
Gray: No. All my colleagues that have been around a long time – I think if you go to ask the last four or five directors of the national hurricane center – we all don’t think this is human-induced global warming. And, the people that say that it is are usually those that know very little about hurricanes. I mean, there’s almost an equation you can write the degree to which you believe global warming is causing major hurricanes to increase is inversely proportional to your knowledge about these storms.
Now there’s a few modelers around who know something about storms, but they would like to have the possibility open that global warming will make for more and intense storms because there’s a lot of money to be made on this. You know, when governments step in and are saying this – particularly when the Clinton administration was in – and our Vice President Gore was involved with things there, they were pushing this a lot. You know, most of meteorological research is funded by the federal government. And boy, if you want to get federal funding, you better not come out and say human-induced global warming is a hoax because you stand the chance of not getting funded.
[Once again, emphasis mine.] So in other words, Gray is actually saying that there is “consensus” among the experts that global warming does not increase the amount of hurricanes. Ah, “consensus” – that magical word that is so vital to the man-made global warming hysterics…And if you disagree with him? Well then, I guess you just “don’t believe in science”, right?
Couple this information with the fact that one of the lead authors of the IPCC report on climate change had to resign in protest because IPCC spokespeople were deliberately lying about global warming’s impact on hurricanes, and you have what amounts to a scientific/media scandal here.
Disgraceful. But feel free to keep telling yourself that there is “consensus” here, so we don’t really need to debate anything.
(Meanwhile, record low temperatures predicted.)