Summary: The climate wars among the public (laymen) show how poorly we see our world. Here we look at an example displaying many of these problems: the "two minute hates" we substitute for rational debate, how ideology blinds us to the physical world, and our disinterest in the wonderful findings of climate science. "Some of … Continue reading 5 years later: checking up on the 2-minute hate at George Will about melting of the polar ice
Summary: Fear rules our hearts, affecting people on both the Left and Right. It makes us easy to manipulate. We fear minorities. Terrorists. Socialized Health Care. Running out of oil. Chemicals. Climate change. And many more things. All of these are rational concerns. It's the fear that makes us vulnerable to propaganda, which our ruling … Continue reading The North Pole is now a lake! Are you afraid yet?
Summary: For global warming propagandists weather is not climate, unless it proves global warming. So again we're playing watch the arctic ice melt (e.g., Mark Serreze of the NSIDC, Berkeley economist Brad DeLong). Sea ice extent was near the 1979-2000 average in early April. Now, two months later it's over 2 standard deviations below the average. More … Continue reading It’s time to worry (again) about disappearing arctic ice
It's common for advocates to focus on a narrative that they believe will convince the public of the urgency of their cause. Unfortunately this can blind them to research indicating that the problem is more complex then the simple story they push -- and hence that their well-intended solutions might be ineffective, or even counter-productive. I … Continue reading Aerosols (pollutants, like soot) as a driver of climate change