February 23, 2007

And the Heat Goes On

Hatched by Dafydd

We noted Delaware's State Climatologist and University of Delaware Professor David R. Legates in an earlier post: The First Church of Fundamentalist Climate Change. In our last chapter, Dr. Legates had espoused climatological heresy, and the Grand Inquisitor had fingered him as a possible apostate:

Along comes Professor David R. Legates, Delaware's "state climatologist." Dr. Legates stands steadfast for free scientific inquiry... which would put him on a collision course with the doyenne of the Weather Channel, if ever they were to meet:

Enter Legates, a Ph.D. climatologist who received the title of state climatologist in 2005 from Daniel Leathers, now the head of the University of Delaware's geography department.

Legates joined a group of scientists late last year in urging the court to reject the state claims, in a brief filed by the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute. [Delaware had joined a suit demanding the federal government regulate carbon dioxide from cars because of "global warming."]

"It is simply impossible to conclude that the net effect of greenhouse gases endangers human health and welfare," the brief said.

Grand Inquisitor Dr. Heidi Cullen, "Climate Expert and host Of The Climate Code" on the Weather Channel, rebuked Dr. Legates' backsliding on matters of faith, good and hard:

If a meteorologist can't speak to the fundamental science of climate change, then maybe the [American Meteorological Society] shouldn't give them a Seal of Approval.

The governor of Delaware, Ruth Ann Minner, who might have finished high school, has stepped swiftly forward to resolve this disagreement between the scientist and the TV weathergirl:

Gov. Ruth Ann Minner has directed Delaware's state climatologist to stop using his title in public statements on climate change, citing a clash of views on global warming and confusion over the position's ties to the administration....

"Your views on climate change, as I understand them, are not aligned with those of my administration," Minner wrote.

"In light of my position and due to the confusion surrounding your role with the state, I am directing you to offer any future statements on this or other public policy matters only on behalf of yourself or the University of Delaware," Minner wrote, "and not as state climatologist."

(Now there's leadership, by thunder! As Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-At Large, 100%) and Sen. Barack "Abraham" Obama (D-IL, 100%) rend the flesh from each the other's body, and erstwhile Sen. John Edwards slinks slowly in the west, perhaps the Democratic Party has at last found its new face for the presidential nomination in 2008. And why not President Ruth Ann Minner?)

Having taken her gardening shears and snipped off Dr. Legates' epaulets, Gov. Minner has now thoroughly refuted his objections to anthropogenic global climate change. Environmentalist groups are ecstatic, and the good doctor is presumed by all concerned to be sadder but wiser, following this chastening.

There is something deeply satisfying about the finality produced by the machinations of the scientific method.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, February 23, 2007, at the time of 6:05 AM

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The following hissed in response by: charlotte

With apologies to Will:

Feare no more the heate o' th' Sun,
Nor the furious Winters rages,
Thou thy Climate myth hast don,
Reason art gon and weathered thy credulity
Golden Gores, and Gaia Girles all must,
As Hysteria-hawkers come to disgust.

The above hissed in response by: charlotte [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 23, 2007 11:35 AM

The following hissed in response by: doubled

General and specific relativity; quantum mechanics have both work well in practice for close to a century. but are STILL considered THEORIES.

Global warming has been investigated for a few decades: the FINAL truth.

I love the way you put that, well done.

The above hissed in response by: doubled [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 23, 2007 12:00 PM

The following hissed in response by: exDemo

Its amazing how the Democrats think they are the defenders of independent scientific thinking.

All of their political party-line Science is as sound as any Lysenkoism that Stalin ever loved.

They worry about Global Warming if it goes on for a couple of Hundred years, ignoring the coming electrification of the auto fleet over the next 15-10 years.

That alone, with out adopting any other new Energy sources (which we will as well) will return CO2 emissions to not the 1990 Kyoto targets, but 1930 levels. A few years later atmospheric CO2 drops to just above Industrial Revolution levels. End of global warming all with in twenty years. Without all the Democrat envisioned Taxes as well.

They other approved Democratic party-line Science is support for "embryonic stem cell research". Its all based on a Research HOAX. Dr Suk of Korea admitted falsified embryonic stem cell research was the ONLY Basis that fetal stem cell research has made ANY progress.

Even if were to work, the object would be to grow replacement organs and implant them into ill people. Then the body will reject them just as all donated organs from whatever source, as non Self.

Sound Science would be to start with Self sources of stem cells from either adult stem cells or from placental stems cells harvested from preserved after birth. All mammals have a placenta and cloning organs from those cells if routinely preserved placentas would bypass the Rejection problem.

This research avenue aside from being a better method, also severs the ethical concerns with killing somebody to harvest organs to save another, with the use of such stem cell technology.

It wouldn't buttress the Sangerite business positions though, so why should they pay the millions of dollars of political donations to the Democrats ?

The above hissed in response by: exDemo [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 23, 2007 5:36 PM

The following hissed in response by: cdquarles


Don't be so sure of carbon dioxide levels dropping to 1930's levels. We don't know 1) what the 'natural' variations are (short baseline and other measurement problems) or 2) what the effects that changes in oceanic dissolved carbon dioxide (which are at least 1 order of magnitude greater than atmospheric carbon dioxide) and oceanic biospheric production mean. Bottom line, anthopogenic sources of hydrocarbon and carbon dioxide emissions are a fraction of all other natural sources and are just as natural as all other non anthopogenic sources are.

Let me also remind everyone that electric powered automobiles are not new and there are sound reasons why electric propulsion died out nearly 100 years ago.

The above hissed in response by: cdquarles [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 3, 2007 7:34 PM

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