Krugman V Jones
Posted by Jeff Id on May 17, 2010
Oh come on, tAV has been far to boring lately. Today I was fortunate enough to receive an email which pointed out an interesting, yet short article from Paul Krugman, who writes at the ever shrinking New York Times Pay-Blog.
May 16, 2010, 6:12 pm
How Will They Spin This?
So, via Joe Romm, the NASA-GISS data show that the past 12 months were the hottest 12-month period on record. Here’s my plot of the temperature anomaly — the difference, in hundredths of a degree centigrade, from the average over 1951-80:
The 12 hottest months? — really? From Joe Romm!, you know it’s propaganda before you read another word.
Well this is a denialist blog, at least to the point that I deny the ‘shoot yourself in the foot’ solutions. It’s not like many of us deny the radiative effects of CO2, it’s the result we worry about. I flatly would not be surprised to see warming from human effects -or nature, but some seem to throw down the gauntlet every few minutes to us evil “solution” denialists.
SteveH provided the compiled graphs, but come on, how fun is this.
They could argue that temperatures fluctuate, that one shouldn’t make too much of a particular peak — which is actually true. But that would get them in trouble, since the whole global cooling thing has been about taking the 1998 peak — visible in the chart — plus a bit of bad data to claim, literally, that up is down. Any statistical fix, like looking at multi-year averages, would just confirm that the temperature trend is up.
Yes guys the trend has been up, until a little more than a decade ago but we all know the short term trend is nearly useless.
Now, I’m sure that the climate deniers will find a way to ignore the latest facts. But I’m not sure what that way will be.
Well, he’s shown his “PROOF”, the last 12 months were the warmest in recorded history– or ever!!! Certainly not many of us are surprised to see some warming but let’s see if the ‘warmest ever’ claim holds up to ‘mild’ scrutiny.
Well, it looks like our good pseudo-scientist reporter Krugman, has apparently missed the fact that he’s accidentally lumped Phil Climategate Jones into our ‘tribe’ (terminology courtesy TCO). Cru3 in green shows hat this is nowhere near the warmest year and Phil was willing to ‘hide the decline’ for the IPCC – a decidedly crooked move. What has happened to crutem and NCDC or better yet, why did Krugman choose the single highest metric??. Well, from climategate et al., we already know.
So, you can call it spin, my opinion is that none of these curves contradict or prove global warming, but they do contradict the fact that Krugman is an honest source has a clue.
I’ve just changed the title for the third time. Thanks to the New York Times, Joe Romm and Michael Mann, for providing the continuous stream of entertainment at zero cost.
BTW: This is the second time in the last hundred years that we’ve had unprecedented warming.