Sunday, August 06, 2006

Drudge: Man of Science

What with the obvious weather porn addiction, you'd think Matt Drudge would be a little savvier when it comes to science. But there's something—perhaps it's that far right tilt of his—standing in the way of him grasping even the simplest scientific concepts. To illustrate my point, here's a screen shot of part of Friday's Drudge Report:



The clear implication is this: despite the horrible heat wave gripping much of the country, there were a few days that were hotter in the distant past, so global warming is obviously a crock.

Of course, actual scientists were quick to point out that no one heat wave or other weather event is proof in itself of global warming. The most compelling evidence of global warming is based upon measuring the average surface temperature of the world from year to year. Sure, there may have been a hot day in 1922, but recent years have been much warmer on average, which is what matters.

Most of the hottest years in recorded history have occurred since the mid-1980s, with the past 4 or 5 years all falling in the top 10 warmest ever. I linked to a chart that shows this alarming trend in an earlier post.

In Related News: Pat Robertson has opened up another right-wing front in the war on global warming by announcing that the summer heat wave has made him a believer in the phenomenon, thus invalidating the concept for countless millions.
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