OK, Tony suggested that some people might be getting bored of the story we’ve been following this week (Malcolm’s Email Spiral of Death!), and I can see why. It’s been going on for five days and we’ve yet to see anything but bad news for one side. Kind of bad for pro-Coalition morale which lowers the cut & thrust of political debate we love so much around here.
He made a good suggestion that we look at Fielding’s Written Reply to Wong’s Written Reply to Fielding’s questions. (I wanted to go on with more “replies” but couldn’t think of any!) Actually, as Tony points out, it’s Fielding’s Scientists’ reply to Wong’s Written Reply to Fieldings questions. Note it is in “DOC” format, but for those of you without Microsoft Office – feel free to download & install a free equivalent, OpenOffice.
Given that we’ve had the CPRS legislation delayed until after the Winter break, this is topical and of interest to alot of people hereabouts. I have yet to finish reading it myself, but there are a few things that stick out for me already:
- They claim there has been no warming since 1998 – this has been rebutted here and is a classic case of cherry picking the data (given 1998 has been the hottest year in recent record, that is, an outlier)
- They claim the infamous hockey-stick graph was debunked without mentioning the fact that it was corrected (with similar results) and that many other studies have shown similar conclusions (without being “debunked”). Information here for those interested.
There are probably others in there that people more forensic than I can dig out, but I get the feeling that the scientists were chosen for the fact that they already had their minds made up (and were hence a cover for Fielding’s decision to reject the legislation). I may be very wrong, but that is my initial impression.
Let the debate begin!
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