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A Preemptive Smear by the AGW Faithful

The Authors of Freakonomics have dared to (mildly) question the "accepted science" of AGCC in their forthcoming book SuperFreakonomics, for which heresy the church of algore is in full baying pursuit mode:

Error-riddled 'Superfreakonomics': New book pushes global cooling myths, sheer illogic, and "patent nonsense" -- and the primary climatologist it relies on, Ken Caldeira, says "it is an inaccurate portrayal of me" and "misleading" in "many" places.
Climate Progress
New Book "SuperFreakonomics" Mischaracterizes Climate Science
Union of Concerned Scientists
SuperFreakonomics Authors Forced To Answer Critics
The Puffington Host

Wow, all this for a book that won't even be available in e-format for another day or two and which won't be available in Hardback until the end of October...

Global Warming in SuperFreakonomics:
The Anatomy of a Smear

By Stephen J. Dubner
Freakonomics Blog

1. Let the wild rumpus start.
Yes, it's an ancient cliché: a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. But it's still accurate.

The final chapter in our forthcoming book, SuperFreakonomics, is about global warming: the risks, uncertainties, misperceptions, and proposed solutions. It has already come in for steep criticism by, among others, a prominent environmental blogger and a well-known environmental advocacy group. Their criticism has radiated into the blogosphere, producing many further stories with headlines like "SuperFreakonomics Gets Climate Change Super Freaking Wrong."

They have given the impression that we are global-warming deniers of the worst sort, and that our analysis of the issue is ideological and unscientific. Most gravely, we stand accused of misrepresenting the views of one of the most respected climate scientists on the scene, whom we interviewed extensively. If everything they said was actually true, it would indeed be a damning indictment. But it's not.

2. What we actually say in the book.
Our global-warming chapter has several sections. We discuss how it's a very hard problem to solve since pollution is an externality - that is, the people who generate pollution generally don't pay the cost of their actions and therefore don't have strong incentives to pollute less. We discuss how even the most sophisticated climate models are limited in their ability to predict the future, and we discuss the large measure of uncertainty in this realm, given that global climate is such a complex and dynamic system. We discuss some of the commonly held misperceptions about climate and energy, including the fact that the historic relationship between global temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide is more complicated than is generally thought.

There is considerably more, and it is well worth the read.

Having read Freakonomics when it first came out, I was already planning on buying any new releases by these authors. I look forward to this new effort on their part now with even greater anticipation.

I almost wrote to ask for an ARC to review here, but hit delete instead as being too small a fish to register on the author's or publisher's consciousness.



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Comments (12)

THE GORACLE will smite thes... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

THE GORACLE will smite these heretics! How dare they interfere with his profits! Don't these heathen understand Al's making MILLIONS?

On a related note...<blockq... (Below threshold)
JLawson:
"On a related note...... (Below threshold)
sam:

"On a related note...

A cold start to fall: over 4500 new snowfall, low temp, and lowest max temp records set in the USA this last week

Darn this global warming, darn it all to heck! "

You are so behind the narrative. Didn't you get the memo? It is "climate change" now, not "global warming".

Sheesh...

- Al Gore

Global Warming? Climate Ch... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Global Warming? Climate Change? 4500 new cold records set? I don't know, it might be more about point of view or location. Here in AZ, the temps lately have been unseasonably warm, with some record highs.

Maybe it all depends oh whose Ox is being Gored?

The global climate scammers... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The global climate scammers know that in the next few months they have the best chance they'll ever have of bind the U.S. with treaties that will require cap and trade regulation regardless of future scientific findings and climate realities. The scammers are not about to let any challenge go unanswered.

That said, you can tell by the use of the term "pollution" in reference to CO2 that the authors of Superfreakonomics have at least tasted Al Gore's kool-aid.

We discuss how even the most sophisticated climate models are limited in their ability to predict the future

Nor can they accurately describe the present or even the past as to the signature of CO2 induced warming. The problem with all these models is that they are based on an assumption that was never critically examined. If that assumption is false than all the models built on it are false, and without the models there is no evidence that CO2 causes warming that can't be explained by other means.

Going to be a tough winter ... (Below threshold)
bill-tb:

Going to be a tough winter for the hoaxers.

"We discuss how it's a v... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

"We discuss how it's a very hard problem to solve since pollution is an externality - that is, the people who generate pollution generally don't pay the cost of their actions and therefore don't have strong incentives to pollute less."

This is why I advocate a sharp increase in the gasoline tax, so that the selfish, shortsighted conservatives, with their SUVs that belch harmful filth into the air for others to inhale, would have such an incentive.

And I'd put a sharp CO2 tax... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

And I'd put a sharp CO2 tax on the leftists who'd so eagerly put a clamp on what others would be doing, that they likely couldn't afford themselves and so distain it. Their breathing fouls the air, and their words make a mockery of sense and reason - while sounding and smelling good at first their end is foul and poisonous indeed. Perhaps if they thought about what they'd be paying before they spoke, they'd not be so free with their insults.

"This is why I advocate a s... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"This is why I advocate a sharp increase in the gasoline tax, so that the selfish, shortsighted conservatives, with their SUVs that belch harmful filth into the air for others to inhale, would have such an incentive."

Hahahahahahaa!! Have you seen what the liberal in Washington DC plop their fat asses down in? Ever see a picture of Splash Kennedy's stretch limo?

I'll believe the lib mantra the day I see the Secret Service piloting Barry around in a Pirus hybrid.

Heretic! Say 5 Hail Gaias ... (Below threshold)
Bubba Thudd:

Heretic! Say 5 Hail Gaias and purchase two carbon indulgences at once or burn in Heck!

If the solution to global w... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

If the solution to global warming was to reduce CO2 emissions, wouldn't to solution to global cooling to increase CO2 emissions ? Just looking for some consistency from the "Warmers".

Just looking for some co... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Just looking for some consistency from the "Warmers".

Good luck with that - there's not much to be found, other than their worship of an idea that makes them feel like they're superior and in control.. because to be 'in control' of the Earth's weather - what more could anyone who feels essentially powerless and raised with a feeling of extreme guilt for being unfortunate enough to be born into a technologically sophisticated society want in the way of verification of the superiority of their thinking?

It's a twofer - they get control over people AND destroy that which they feel guilt over. What's not to like?




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