On Friday, the U.K.’s Guardian publicized the learned opinion that the recent, ongoing cooling is “not evidence that global warming is slowing.”
Well. The good news, then, is that the current recession is not evidence that the economy is slowing, either.
These interesting notions of logic and semantics would also suggest that your weight loss is not evidence that your obesity is slowing — or better news, what with the holidays coming up and all, that your weight gain will not mean that you’ve stopped slimming down!
Of course, perhaps such logical and semantic gymnastics are allowed only in the realm of climate science — but if so, wouldn’t it be equally valid to conclude that our recent warming is not proof that our longer-term cooling trend has slowed? Of course, this requires examining evidence that falls outside the time period that the Guardian prefers for its presentation, which helpfully begins as the Little Ice Age was breaking.
Meanwhile, the New York Times joins some brow-furrowing academics concerned that the drop in media coverage of warming could be a manifestation of something larger — even terrifying: diminished public pressure to impose their shared agenda. It is left to Times readers to suggest that the reduction in coverage of warming is related to that same pesky cooling (which they must do in the Comments section — as Tom Nelson has noted — since the Times neglected to consider the possibility in their typically balanced treatment of the topic). Also left to the readers to research is the fact that the Times’s principal source, Maxwell Boykoff, is a bit of a media scold — he finds the press insufficient in its dogmatic alarmism –and has co-authored with his brother Jules a paper entitled “Balance as bias: global warming and the US prestige press.”
While certainly bizarre, such clouded thinking is not unexpected in coverage of a public-policy issue about which there is only one item that may be permissibly noted in polite company as being a costly and dangerous extravagance: free and open discourse.