Skip to comments.Another Hockey Stick? (S. Fred Singer)
Posted on 03/13/2013 5:49:41 PM PDT by neverdem
Green forces, eager to promote their theories of global warming, appear to be practicing intellectual recycling. Is this the return of the notorious hockey stick - which, in 2001, was the central dogma of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) believers ?
This quasi-religious faith in catastrophic AGW still remains a prerequisite for membership in scientific and media elite circles, even in the face of the failure of earlier (model) predictions of apocalypse to manifest, and the admission by an apostle of the faith that for the past 17 years global temperatures have not increased -- contrary to the projections of every climate model.
As other religious fanatics, the failure only drives adherents to recycle past claims. Last week, in The Anatomy of Climate Science Hype, I discussed the manner of collaboration of the unholy trinity of ambitious scientists, a science journal anxious for publicity, and the old grey New York Times eagerly publishing anything that may tend to confirm their credo. In yet another NYT story (March 7) by science reporter Justin Gillis a research paper (March 8) in the formerly respected journal Science was previewed
Now, several of us skeptics (a term of honor in the long history of scientific advance) have had an opportunity to review that paper itself. It is a very detailed and difficult paper, whose lead author is Shaun Marcott of Oregon State University, obviously aiming to become the next poster-boy for the UN-sponsored IPCC (Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change). (I note that the OSU paper just made the cut-off deadline for the 2013 IPCC report.) After a great deal of work in analyzing proxy (historic, non-thermometer) data of the past 11,300 years, the start of the current warm interglacial Holocene period, the authors conclude that "recent warming is unprecedented." It is not -- but never...
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Spending a few days in south Florida and was observing the mysterious-looking “Spanish Moss.” I found some info on how spanish moss spreads and propagates.
Copied from eHow: “Spanish moss has narrow, fibrous stems and leaves that grow to lengths greater than 20 feet. They produce tiny, inconspicuous blue-green or pale-green blossoms at the ends of their branches. Their tiny seeds scatter on the wind or are dispersed by birds. The seeds stick to tree branches and create new plants.”
A very simple but realistic test came to mind. IF global warming actually were occurring, Spanish Moss would be expanding its growing locale and moving northward. The seeds are carried by the wind, and some of them surely get carried northward, but obviously do not survive cold winters. How far north has it normally thrived heretofore? South Carolina? Has Spanish Moss been spreading northward?
Effe, it’s not about finding Spanish Moss moving northward, it’s a function of whether it’s illegal Spanish Moss, or the rare naturalized Spanish Moss.