Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fact-Based Beliefs Just Don't Work For Some, It Seems

This latest development in the Climate Change 'debate' would be absolutely hilarious if it weren't so sad and frightening. An Earth Surface Temperature study that was partially funded by the ultra-conservative, Climate Change-denying Koch Foundation, and which was led by self-proclaimed Climate Change skeptic Richard Muller, has found that "the existing science was right all along - that the earth's surface is warming, at an accelerated rate."

So what do the rest of the deniers do with this knowledge, including the infamous Anthony Watts, who previously said, "I'm prepared to accept whatever results they produce, even if it proves my premise wrong"? They find ways to back pedal on any such acceptance, up to and including casting out their former ally Muller who has now adjusted his own beliefs based on the results! As for Watts, he's now falling back on claiming that since the study's results haven't yet been peer reviewed, he can't accept them. Which is kind of funny for a guy who previously discounted peer-reviewed studies from all across the scientific spectrum, prefering to rely on his gut. Huh... imagine that!

I have to think that the Koch brothers probably feel this was some of the worst money they've ever spent.

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